Microsoft Pakistan has announced the results of the second Innovative Education Forum (IEF) in Islamabad recently.
According to the details, Ms. Musawara Shaukat of Let’s Serve Humanity – an NGO that works in the field of education – won the first position for her project titled, “ICT – A Tool for Deaf and Dumb.”
Ms. Tayyaba Noureen of Roots School System won the second position for her project titled, “21st Century Schooling,” while Mr. Rehman Baig of The City School was declared third for his project titled, “Kids Light TV.”
The winners of the second Innovative Education Forum from Pakistan will participate in the second round to be held in Jordan in September this year.
For this year’s competition Microsoft selected two prominent personalities to head the judges’ panel who have more than 25 years of experience in the fields of teaching and information technology. The judges’ panel was chaired by Dr. Syed Shahid Afzal, Dean – IT, Preston University, Islamabad and Dr. Rahat Hussain Bukhari, Head of Computer Section, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.
Expressing his views about this year’s competition, Kamal Ahmed, Country General Manager, Microsoft Pakistan said that the project received enthusiastic response from teachers and educationists, and added:
“We had received registrations from teachers for this competition from all over Pakistan. The best 15 projects meeting the set criteria and having innovation were selected for final presentations. This way, after a tough competition, we got our best innovative teachers of 2011. These teachers will present their projects in MEA Innovative Education Forum.”
Dr. Rahat Hussain Bukhari, Head of Computer Section, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad who was part of the judges’ panel thanked Microsoft for organizing the program and making it success and said:
“We need to think out of the box to cater to the requirements of Information Technology and education in the 21st century. I am sure that these successful projects will go a long way in helping students take advantage of information and communication technology for the benefit of society.”
As part of the Innovative Education Forum (IEF), Microsoft holds two competitions every year: Innovative Schools Program and Innovative Teachers Forum.
Local offices of Microsoft all over the world organize such forums in their respective countries and then the winners compete at regional level. The winners from regional level then go to participate in World Wide Innovative Education Forum where winning teachers from regional forums and innovative schools selected from all over the world show case their projects. The projects are then assessed on the basis of teacher-student engagement, innovation and contents and three top projects for each of these categories are declared.