Aug 9 - 15, 2010
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. Not only the world Intel Pakistan has also played a pivotal role in facilitating growth of the local IT industry. Intel Pakistan has been spreading IT awareness in the country for the past thirteen years. When Intel started its business thirteen years ago, Pakistani IT industry was almost nonexistent. Intel has grown strength to strength and continues to play role of a catalyst to bring local players on a single platform and help them gain recognition on a national level.
Intel is helping to transform the lives of millions through education. Intel has been working with the government, communities, and schools nationwide to bring the resources and solutions needed for advancing education in Pakistan. Intel has collaborated with the government, policymakers, and local vendors to turn their vision into reality.
Intel's aim is to promote the technology that can help people to have access to quality education while sustaining local communities and economies - that is Intel's unwavering commitment.
The Intel Education Initiative works towards educating communities through integration of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in the curriculum and local education system. Intel Pakistan is working with government and senior educationists on policies that positively affect what is taught to students in Pakistan and how it is taught enhancing students' 21st century skills.
One of the largest and most successful initiatives taken by Intel is the Teach Program, which has by now trained seven million teachers in over 60 countries. It aims to improve teacher effectiveness through professional development, helping teachers integrate technology into their lessons and promote students' problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills.
The Intel Teach In-service Program was launched in Pakistan in March 2002. Participating teachers receive extensive training and resources to promote effective technology use in the classroom. Teachers learn from other teachers how, when, and where to incorporate technology tools and resources into their lesson plan.
The Intel Teach In-service Program offers teachers a curriculum designed specifically for their needs. Teachers learn how, when, and where to incorporate technology tools and resources into their teaching. They also learn how to create assessment tools and align lesson plans with provincial learning outcomes. The goal is to prepare today's teachers and students for tomorrow's demands.
In addition, teachers are instructed on how best to create assessment tools and align lessons with educational learning goals and standards. The program incorporates use of the internet, web page design, and student projects. It encourages interactivity and creative thinking at the student level and helps develop their 21st century skills.
More than 220,000 teachers have been trained on the curriculum since the program's inception, and we have reached more than 70 districts and cities in the country. In 2002, Intel signed an MoU with the ministry of education, government of Pakistan to train teachers across the country, including Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Fata, Fana, ICT and Pakistan administered Kashmir.
Intel's efforts in the education space have been appreciated at the highest levels. The Intel Education Awards are held each year in collaboration with the ministry of education. These awards aim to recognize teachers and schools that have enhanced student learning by using technology. All participating teachers and schools must have been trained under the programme that Intel offers.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world's largest pre-college science fair competition. Each year, more than six million young scientists from around the world attend it. Only 1,500 participants are selected as finalists to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge innovation, and compete for over four million dollar in awards and scholarships. To judge the projects, more than 1,000 science, engineering, and industry professionals volunteer at Intel ISEF.
At Intel ISEF, students are encouraged to tackle challenging scientific questions using authentic research practices to create solutions for the problems of tomorrow.
For ISEF Intel holds workshop at school levels where students are encouraged to take part and show their scientific inventions, they then go to the next level by taking part in district fairs, qualified people then are able to take part on provincial levels, and then through national level competition they are sent to US to take part in Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Every year three projects (2 individual & 1 group) from Pakistan take part in Intel ISEF.
The Intel World Ahead Program aims to enhance lives by accelerating access to un-compromised technology for everyone, everywhere. Focused on developing communities it integrates and extends its efforts to use technology to help improve their lives and economies. Through this program Intel plans to donate PCs to schools with Wi-Fi Connectivity.
Within the overall World Ahead Program, Intel's 'ICT for Education' initiative support Pakistan's goal to help its citizens become more competitive in today's knowledge-based global economy. The 'ICT for Education' initiative began in 2007 with Intel intending to donate 4500 computers to government schools across Pakistan. It is a continued effort to enhance lives and bridge the digital divide by providing uncompromised access to technology.