The ‘Jazz Smart School’ program has been nominated for the GSMA Asia Mobile Awards 2018 under the category of ‘Outstanding Mobile Contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia.’
According to a statement issued by the cellular company, the award ceremony is scheduled to take place in the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, June 27-29, 2018.
Launched in partnership with the Capital Administration and Development Division (CA&DD) and the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), the ‘Jazz Smart School’ program introduces a smart learning solution to the traditional schooling system through a digital blended learning platform.
The objective of the program is to improve the quality of instruction in the public sector schools that otherwise do not have access to state-of-the-art technological tools and devices.
This year 102 nominees have been shortlisted for 14 awards with Jazz being the sole representative from Pakistan. The GSMA Asia Mobile Awards are judged by more than 60 world-leading independent experts, analysts, journalists, academics and, in some cases, mobile operator representatives.
Jazz CEO Aamir Ibrahim said, “As part of our ‘Make Your Mark’ initiative, we would like to push this program to schools nationwide, so more students can benefit from digital learning.”
So far the program has been implemented across 75 female schools in Islamabad, where more than 20,000 female students and 500 female teachers are already benefiting from digital content and lessons designed to inculcate a better understanding of concepts.
The Director General of Federal Directorate of Education, Hasnat Qureshi, said that the program has positively impacted learning outcomes of thousands of female students. “This program is aligned with our long-term goals and we hope to expand it even further,” he added.
“It has been fascinating to see 45-year old teachers, who had never touched a computer before, overcoming their fear and using technology in their classrooms. 65% of our schools are located in rural areas, and for them it has been a life-changing experience. This collective effort will be key to attaining sustainable development goals,” said Hira Zainab, Head of Outreach and Engagement, Knowledge Platform.