Teach For Pakistan welcomes another cohort to Alumni movement

11:30 AM | 1 Jul, 2021
Teach For Pakistan welcomes another cohort to Alumni movement

ISLAMABAD - Teach For Pakistan celebrated the completion of its 2019-2021 Fellowship cohort’s two-year teaching placement, and graduation into the organization’s Alumni movement of lifelong education leaders and champions.

The Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Mr. Shafqat Mehmood, graced the occasion as Chief Guest, and Ms. Wendy Kopp, CEO, and co-founder of Teach For All delivered the Keynote address at the virtual “Alumni Induction Ceremony.”

Teach For Pakistan’s Fellowship is a two-year, education leadership program that provides outstanding university graduates and young professionals the opportunity and support to teach full-time in low-income communities, and put their students and schools on the path to success. Teach For Pakistan is a partner in the Teach For All global network of 60+ independent, national organizations working to end educational inequity in their countries. 

The 28 inspired graduates from prestigious universities who, in 2019, began teaching across 15 public schools in underserved sectors of Tarnol, Nilore, Bhara Kahu, and Sihala, completed the Fellowship today. They join the 117 older Alumni who are working from all fields towards education reform and development in Pakistan.

Speaking about the Teach For Pakistan Fellowship, Mr. Shafqat Mehmood remarked, “It has, of course, a great impact on children because [Fellows] are here because they are committed to educating the young people...but also has an amazing demonstration effect on other teachers around them. We hope to further cement our partnership with Teach For Pakistan and we are about to launch a new project with the organization.”

On behalf of Teach For Pakistan’s Board of Directors, Mr. Nassir Kasuri, Executive Director, North, Beaconhouse, said, “When schools across Pakistan closed during COVID-19, these young education leaders overcame the digital divide to keep their children safe and learning.” Director of Programs, and herself a Teach For Pakistan Alumna, Tooba Akhtar remarked, “While education paused in low-income communities, 90% of Fellows’ 1,600+ students were engaged via learning packs, WhatsApp, phone calls, SMS, and in-person small group sessions in open fields and community spaces. They also supported the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training in creating curriculum for TeleSchool content.”

In her keynote address, Ms. Wendy Kopp congratulated the graduating cohort on their tremendous achievements and reminded them of their role in shaping a better tomorrow through collective leadership. She said, “When we can galvanize “collective leadership,” i.e., when there are change agents working collectively and collaboratively at every level of the education system, in policy and the whole ecosystem around children, and when those people work to inspire and support the leadership of others in the system - including students, parents, teachers, and other allies - that’s when we see systemic change happen.”

In her commencement address, 2019 Fellow Ms. Maheen Qadri, paid tribute to the unsung leaders in communities who fought alongside them to keep learning and hope alive for their students during COVID-19 induced school closures. Speaking about the role ahead of them as education leaders, Maheen said, "I see us becoming vessels of comfort for the people around us. I see us forging paths for children of Pakistan, and then gateways and destinations, from Peshawar to Karachi. I see us doing it all with grace & dignity. Because if not us, then who?”

Her 5th-grade student, Ms. Umaima Raza from the federal government school in Tarlai, thanked her teachers for helping her find her voice and strengthening her self-belief. “I think if every child in Pakistan had teachers like mine, who encourage their students to change & grow, then each classroom in the country would be a much happier place of learning. I hope one day, every child in Pakistan experiences that,” she said.


Pakistani rupee sees marginal decline against US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, & Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee witnessed marginal losses against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Wednesday, the dollar was being quoted at 285.6 for selling and 288.65 for buying purposes.

Euro price stands at 312 for buying and 315 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 360 for buying, and 363 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78.25 whereas the Saudi Riyal also witnessed fall and new price stands at 76.25.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 November 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.6  288.65 
Euro EUR 312  315 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 360  363
U.A.E Dirham AED 78.25  79
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.25 77.25
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 750.11 758.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.58 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.24 36.59
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.55 1.63
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 914.36 923.36
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 320.1 322.6
Thai Bhat THB 8.01 8.16

Gold rates see big increase in Pakistan; Check today gold price here

KARACHI – The gold price moved up down in the local market in line with massive increase in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 29 November 2023

On Wednesday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,000, and the price for 10-gram gold saw an increase of Rs943 to reach Rs186,900.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs199,830, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs190,750 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,500.00.

In international market, the price of precious metal went up by $29 to settle at $2,044 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Karachi PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Islamabad PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Peshawar PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Quetta PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Sialkot PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Attock PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Gujranwala PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Jehlum PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Multan PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Bahawalpur PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Gujrat PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Nawabshah PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Chakwal PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Hyderabad PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Nowshehra PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Sargodha PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Faisalabad PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Mirpur PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610


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