Techno Advancement in Education
Microsoft in collaboration with the Punjab School Education Department, Punjab TEVTA and Punjab Group of Colleges hosted a seminar in Education dubbed ‘Microsoft Edu Day’. The seminar brought together representatives from across the region to showcase the latest technology structured specifically for the education sector to promote techno advancement in education, inclusive and 21st-century learning.
The event was graced by Provincial Minister of Punjab for School Education, Dr. Murad Raas, Chairman Punjab TEVTA, Mr. Ali Salman Siddiqui, Director Technical, Sindh Education Foundation, Ms. Shahpara Rizvi, Adviser to Education Minister Punjab, Ms. Aasiya Khurram Agha, Consultant Higher Education Commission, Mr Asif Shahid Khan, Microsoft Country General Manager, Mr. Abid Zaidi, Microsoft Country Education Lead, Mr. Jibran Jamshad and Microsoft Education Transformation Lead, Ms. Jaye Richards-Hill in addition to relevant stakeholders of the Education sector.
The event provided a platform to investigate possible partnership chances of engaging the developing number of youth in the nation which is at an untouched high as indicated by the 2017 Pakistan National Human Development Report. The report features how the nation’s childhood can be a basic power for improvement, on the off chance that they are engaged with training and learning.
Provincial Minister of Punjab for School Education Dr. Murad Raas said “Developing digital skills from primary school age has become a necessity, as youth navigate an increasingly technological world. With technology in the classrooms, learners can develop digital skills for the 21st-century job market, while it’s essential that learners are upskilled, it’s also important that educators are empowered and provided with adequate resources to successfully carry out lessons in the classroom.”
Microsoft Country General Manager for Pakistan Abid Zaidi said, “Technologies such as Microsoft Teams, Minecraft and OneNote have played a big part in redefining learning through creating immersive and inclusive learning experiences that inspire lifelong learning, these tools are designed to make an educator’s job simpler so that they can devote time and resources to what matters most teaching. As Microsoft, we are committed to empowering every learner and educator by providing access to the best technologies in the classroom.”
In addition to the technology feature, Microsoft also announced the E2 Educators Exchange competition for local Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEs). The challenge will offer local instruction pioneers the chance to go to E2 in Sydney, Australia, in 2020, and meet with worldwide educators to explore industry trends and rising advances.
Microsoft Country Education Lead for Pakistan Jibran Jamshad said “We are really excited to provide local MIEs with the opportunity to engage with innovative educators from around the world, each MIE will receive support and training on how to apply for the program. Overall, we are confident that delegates have left today’s event with new ideas, a revived hope in what digital transformation can do for the next generation, and a sense of belonging to an important global effort.”
Some of the technologies showcased include Office 365, Azure, Microsoft Imagine Academy Certifications and the Microsoft Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Campus Management Solutions, which are designed to drive better learning outcomes, more productive classroom time, and effective institutions.