ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Business Intelligence Group has recognized Jazz Smart Schools program as the “Sustainability Initiative of the Year”. Jazz, Pakistan’s largest digital company has received other awards for this unique program. The group made the announcement in their annual Sustainability Awards program. The sought-after award recognizes high-impact individuals, teams, and organizations that make sustainability an integral part of their business practices.
The Jazz Smart School Program increased student-learning outcomes and the teaching methodology by adopting a digital learning solution for public schools. The content was based on existing national educational curriculum that was made more relevant and engaging for students. This program was deployed through an online blended learning platform across 75 government schools for girls. The two-year pilot program began in 2017 and has impacted over 26,000 middle-school girls and 900 women teachers and principals.
The architecture of the activities and indicators are in alignment with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Given the strong digital monitoring component via mobile applications, the federal government education department now makes informed policy and decisions about these schools.
“We understand that digital education is the future of learning. This is why we design initiatives that connect the right tools to create capacity development for not just students but also the teachers,” said Aamir Ibrahim, CEO at Jazz. “We are delighted that our effort has been recognized by the Business Intelligence Group and we hope such global accolades will help the program’s scale-up nationwide.” The company believes in bridging the digital literacy gap for Pakistan so the country can live its full economic potential as it becomes a formidable emerging economy.
Mahboob Mahmood, Founder of Knowledge Platform, the educational solutions company, noted: “This is the first edtech project to have successfully scaled in Pakistan, and has been driven by a really strong public-private partnership among the Federal Directorate of Education, Jazz and Knowledge Platform. The program’s success has involved change management, teacher training, campus engagement and performance level accountability, as well as a cluster of digital content and technology solutions.”
“We are proud to reward and recognize Jazz for their sustainability efforts,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer, Business Intelligence Group. “It was clear to our judges that their vision and strategy will continue to deliver results toward a cleaner, more sustainable world. Congratulations!”