e’re halfway to the technology and still, we have textbooks with the definitions of the mouse, CPU, RAM, and ROM. But technology isn’t like that. It’s growing at an unprecedented pace. Every year we came across an innovation in tech that’s replacing the mundane chores with smart tools and apps to make our lives easier.
The question is, are the young minds trained for these emerging technologies?
While you’re thinking of an answer, there’s an ed-tech platform in Pakistan that aims to introduce innovative tools, tech-based products and services to students from an early age.
Known as TechnoKnowledge, the platform was founded after in-depth research and working experience with kids between 5-15 years of age. It works to make quality education accessible to youth. From an early age, their team empower children with future skills such as analytical thinking, problem-solving, algorithm designing and computer programming. TechnoKnowledge also designs curriculum for elementary, mid-level, and high-level students. For example, they have a block programming course for children who are above 5 years. It includes computer programming fundamentals and practical training. The curriculum can be challenging for junior-level students but once they are trained for it, they would be able to contribute to the underlying issues through technology.
The core purpose of the platform is to teach computer sciences to kids, especially girls and underrepresented minorities so they can succeed in the 21st-century skill set. They have trained more than 600 children in eight months with their online boot camps. Their boot camps help teachers mass-train their students for coding, programming languages or tech-product awareness. The platform is all set to teach online either through smartphones and desktops.
And the best part is they not only train students but also the teachers on how to teach online, learning through feedback and the best practices they can include to engage their students. They have specific computer labs that are designed for classroom activities with laptops, tablets, MAC or PCs.
Instead of creating technology consumers, they work across the spectrum to produce technology creators. And that’s their vision as well.
Romana Rafi is the CEO and founder of this ed-tech initiative and she aims to empower students for analytical thinking, block programming, app development, algorithm development, and problem-solving skills through her platform. Along with her is the Co-founder Tanvir Maqsood, Creative Director Mohsin Amir, and Training Head Nida Ibrahim. They also have some of their training sessions available on their YouTube channel.
Startups like this are quite rare in Pakistan so this deserves to come forward so young minds can benefit from it.
With that being said, if you’re seeking a tech-based school to make your children familiar with computer skills then TechnoKnowledge is the best place to start with.