Teach For Pakistan and Ilm Ideas introduced ‘Taleemi Jiddat Ki Talaash’ (TJKT) throughout Pakistan in 2015, which was a first of its kind education related competition that aimed to identify the best in-class, teacher-led low/no-cost innovations from schools across the country. The contest received an enthusiastic response from all stakeholders within the education sector and almost 1200 teachers sent in their applications between 27 January and 27 February 2015.
Shortlisted innovations were put through a rigorous on-site validation process before the best 20 entries were carefully selected by the Steering Committee that comprised leading educationists and researchers. Winning candidates and schools received cash prizes and book supplies, and their innovative teaching methodologies have been compiled into a guidebook more than 8000 copies of which are being distributed to teachers across Pakistan as a free resource. It is also available online at http://iteachforpakistan.org/tfp/taleemi-jiddat-ki-talaash/ for downloading at no cost. A series of supporting mini-documentaries for select innovations are also available for viewing on the website.
To celebrate the successful completion this unique exercise, Teach For Pakistan and Ilm Ideas are holding a showcasing and launch event of the guidebook at the Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi on August 18, 2015 from 9AM to 2PM, to which all the winning candidates have been invited. Also in attendance will be leading educational experts, officials from the Ministry of Education, prominent members of civil society, representatives of NGOs, UNDP, and leading school systems.
In addition, mini video documentaries of the innovations which have been painstakingly prepared will be shown at the showcasing event and which will be also be available for viewing on the TJKT website. The event will be covered live on radio and there will be a TV show to highlight and share the knowledge gathered over the course of the competition.
Ilm Ideas is a four year, DFID funded, £11 million program to award grants nationwide for increasing access to quality education in Pakistan for children in Classes 1 – 10. Ilm Ideas sought to increase public demand for greater transparency and accountability and promoted innovative solutions to improve Pakistan’s schools.