Google to create smart classrooms, transform education system in Pakistan

07:41 PM | 21 Jun, 2024
Google for Education
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Google and Pakistan's education ministry announced on Thursday a partnership to provide access to education to millions of students, digitally transform Pakistan's education system, and build smart schools.

Unicef Pakistan reports that the country has a staggering 26.2 million out-of-school children, the second highest number in the world.

Last month, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif declared an education emergency in Pakistan, aiming to ensure educational access for these children and improve their educational opportunities.

On Thursday, PM Sharif met a high-level delegation from Google for Education, led by Managing Director Kevin Kells, in Islamabad.

"Google's collaboration with the Ministry of Federal Education aims to drive a large-scale digital transformation of Pakistan’s education system, creating smart classrooms and fostering a healthy learning ecosystem," reported the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).

State media revealed that Google, through its Google for Education partner Tech Valley, will work with the Pakistani government to establish a local assembly of over 500,000 Chromebooks by 2026, providing digital tools and resources for students and teachers.

Chromebooks, running on Google’s Chrome OS, are more cost-effective than regular laptops.

"As part of the collaboration, Australian manufacturer Allied will set up an assembly line in Pakistan to locally assemble Google Chromebooks, making them more affordable for educational purposes," APP reported.

The agreement aims to ensure that every student in Pakistan has access to "cutting-edge classroom technology" to enhance their learning experience.

"Teachers will be trained to use technology effectively in the classroom and to develop and implement innovative learning programs that leverage technology," the report said.

Pakistan’s Education Minister Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui praised the development as a crucial step in ensuring educational access for children.

“We believe that technology can play a vital role in improving learning outcomes and preparing our students for the future,” he said.

Farhan S. Qureshi, Google’s country director in Pakistan, emphasized that access to digital tools will help acclimate Pakistani children to the digital economy.

“Additionally, creating a local assembly of over 500,000 Chromebooks will boost Pakistan’s manufacturing industry and attract more technology investments,” Qureshi said.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 15 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 15, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)       
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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