Ed-Tech firm Library 21 acquires IDG to offer elite courses to public

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KARACHI: Global education-technology company, Library 21 Holdings Ltd (formerly known as Coded Minds), has acquired UK-based Inspirational Development Group (IDG), the firm behind leadership courses and in a strategic alliance with the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, UK where many world leaders – including Pakistan Army’s top brass – have studied, a statement issued by the company on Tuesday said.

The Pakistan Army has been considered as one of the best performers in the UK’s Royal Military Academy. Recently, it won an international military drill competition called the Pace Sticking Competition at the academy for the third consecutive time. Now Pakistanis can acquire the same courses as well through Library 21’s online platforms.

Omar Farooqui, the Founder and President of Library 21 Holdings Ltd, said, “We feel proud, by virtue of this acquisition, we are an education partner of this prestigious institution that produces the world’s best leaders.”

“The year 2020 has brought about many challenges to companies worldwide but we have used this opportunity to reaffirm our business model and drive to make education a right and not a privilege by bringing best in class offerings to the masses,” Farooqui added.

Library 21 is now providing education in Pakistan as well. It plans to educate 24 million out-of-school children in the country. This strategic acquisition means that the company will now be operating in more than 12 countries across the world and will have a complete 360 suite of education programs for Pre-Kindergarten to adults as well as corporates.

IDG is the second major international acquisition by Library21. The company acquired a leading stem and innovation education company in Canada and the USA last year.

Peter Turpie, the Managing Director of IDG, said that they cherish the long-standing exclusive partnership with the Royal Military Academy for over 20 years. “We are proud that we have produced the world’s best leaders through our educational plans. Now as part of Library21 group, we are confident that we will be able to bring all our core expertise at the doorstep of tomorrow’s leaders” he remarked.

He said the acquisition would bring world-class education to the doorsteps of students around the world. “With travel restrictions, education is now becoming more localized. Such an opportunity will benefit everyone wherever Library 21 is offering education, making it world-class education accessible”.

Turpie added, “Joining the Library21 group presents a fantastic opportunity for us and will further our ambition to build the next generation of leaders across the globe through high-quality learning experiences that are fun, innovative and accessible.”

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Coded Minds comes forward to help journalist community facing media industry crisis in Pakistan

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On December 12, Coded Minds announced that it will provide education to the children of a former journalist who is now working as a blue collar worker. It is the first ever international company which has come forward to support the mediapersons braving through the industrial crisis in the country.

According to the official announcement, Dr. Farook Rasheed A. Farooki, father of the Coded Minds’ founder Omar Farooqui, took the responsibility to provide funds for the education of six daughters of journalist Shakirullah, who is living in miserable conditions since losing his job two years ago to the crisis in the media industry in Pakistan.

On December 5, the Independent Urdu had published a feature ​ story​ on Shakirullah, a journalist for the past 29 years in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in which he was seen working as a daily wage laborer to meet both ends. He had told the interviewer that his children were also expelled from the school over non-payment of fees.

Coded Minds is a global iSTEAM and leadership education-technology company providing 21st century’s skill-based learning to students, from children to adults, in 16 countries, including UAE, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Canada, UK, USA and China.

Hope Academy is a project of Coded Minds which imparts world class STEM (Science, Technology, English and Mathematics) education to children at a disruptive price point, for as low as Rs1,500, in Pakistan to make it accessible and affordable to everyone.

Reskilling The Next Generation of Pakistan: Role of Public, Corporate & Development Sectors

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To brianstorm with the cross section of society on overcoming the educational and employment crisis in the country, Coded Minds organized a talk Reskilling The Next Generation of Pakistan: Role of Corporate, Public and Development Sectors at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi on November 18, 2020.

Coded Minds’ Founder and Executive Chairman Omar Farooqui initiated the discussion, expressing his vision for the education revolution in the country which aims to eliminate the gap between rich and poor and public and private. Shedding light on the state of education, he said that the country was running on a 200-year-old system the concepts of which had become obsolete as new trends had arrived in the world.

“The world is learning Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Data Science but here children were still being taught theories that have no significance in practical life. That’s why people having gold medals and multiple masters were unemployed because they were not skilled up for the real world,” he said.

He added that the vision of Coded Minds was to create the affordability and accessibility of STEM learning for every household in the country so that no one is left behind and this is only possible with public-private partnerships in the field of education. He said that Coded Minds aimed to provide quality education to 5 million out-of-school children in the country in the next few years.

The talk was divided into two sessions of 120 minutes. The first was on Empowering the Human Capital and the second on the Future of Education. Both of them included distinguished sets of panelists and were moderated by Farooqui himself. A large number of people from corporate, development and governments sectors attended the event as well as students and their parents. Coded Minds is an esteemed global iSTEAM and leadership education-technology company providing 21st century skill-based learning to students belonging to the 55 different nationalities in 16 countries of the world, including US, UK, Canada, China, UAE and Malaysia.

Future Of Education: Exploring Innovations in Educational Entrepreneurship

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Innovations in Educational Entrepreneurship is the topic for this panel discussion. As unemployment rises on the continent, young entrepreneurs are making their mark on the education landscape with the aim of preparing students for the next generation of jobs and equipping them for entrepreneurship and innovation. Start-ups and new business models are disrupting traditional educational institutions and operating models, and are teaching adaptive leadership, ethical decision-making, and social entrepreneurship.

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‘22.8m children are out of school in Pakistan’

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With the aim to uproot the outdated system of education through skill-based learning and ensure accessibility to quality education for millions of out-of-school children, the Coded Minds — an iSTEAM & leadership education technology company – has started its mission in Pakistan by launching many initiatives, including the Hope Rozgar Bus and Hope Academy, to provide jobs to thousands of people engaging them in the sector of education.

At present, Pakistan stands second across the globe and has the highest number of out-of-school children aged from 5 to 16 years with an estimated 22.8 million children not attending school. They are representing 44 per cent of the population in this age group, according to the latest statistics of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

“Educating such a huge population of the out-of-school children and ensuring international education standards within the existing system is not an easy task. However, job creations in the sector of education alongside education will make a real progress,” said founder and president of the company, Omar Farooqui, in an interview with The News on Wednesday.

He said that generally, educators prepare students to attempt their exams, but we will provide 21st century’s skill-based learning to students belonging to 55 different nationalities in 16 countries, including the UAE, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Canada, the UK, the USA and China, around the world.

The education and employment drives of the company had been running across Pakistan was receiving an overwhelming response as people appreciated its goals to improve the learning and work standards.

“We plan to hire 300,000 people from across the country in the next few years and they will be trained by our internationally acclaimed professionals in the field of education,” Farooqui said and added that vocational training centres would also be set up across the country to build outreach of the programme to everyone.

He added that through the public-private partnership with provincial governments, some of the state-run schools would also be adopted while far-flung areas of the country would be covered through blended learning programmes.

“We will teach the same curriculum introduced by the provincial governments. However, ensuring quality and standard will make us different from the traditional schooling.”

At present, we are focused on the existing schooling system that needs to be changed, but one of the main objectives of the company is to educate the out-of-school children.

Later, the chief exertive officer of the company, Amna Khaishgi, said they aimed to introduce a system of education through which they could provide equal opportunities to all students regardless of their financial status and background. “It is a strenuous task. But we are committed to making it happen.”

She said that another aspect of introducing iSTEAM learning in the country was to get rid of the centuries-old curriculum which taught obsolete subjects and to revamp the assessment system which tested a child’s ability to memorise rather than his ability of concept learning and innovation.

To close the education-skills gap, we offer reverse engineered courses with a practical, hands-on problem- solving and project-based curriculum. “Our learning approach is infused with a strong bias for real-world issues, technology, and 21st-century trends. We prepare students of all ages for the post-Fourth Industrial Revolution world.”

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Digital Education – How will Africa adjust?

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The world of work, already in flux before the pandemic, is set to change dramatically, demanding new skills sets from graduates. Join Omar Farooqui, Founder and President of CODED MINDS, on Thursday 26 November at 12:00 CAT, as he unpacks the future of education in Africa.Tune into #DStv410, stream online, or register to attend this free virtual summit: https://bit.ly/3kFJ4Ms#FOEsummit#futureofeducationProudly sponsored by:Transnational Academic GroupLancaster University GhanaCurtin University DubaiPwC South AfricaSAPIn partnership with: Forbes Africa

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AJK President Masood Khan Concludes KL Visit On High Note

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Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, thanked Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Muhammad for his principled and courageous stand on the Jammu and Kashmir issue and his call for the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions to give the Kashmiris their democratic right to determine their own political future

Kuala Lumpur: (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 17th Feb, 2020 ) Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, thanked Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Muhammad for his principled and courageous stand on the Jammu and Kashmir issue and his call for the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions to give the Kashmiris their democratic right to determine their own political future.

The President also thanked the Malaysian Parliament for establishing a Friends of Kashmir Group. “We hope that this would lead to the establishment of a Caucus on Kashmir in the Malaysian Parliament”, he said.

The President conveyed these messages to the top leadership of Malaysia during his meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah binti Wan Ismail, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Health Minster Dr.

Dzulkefly Ahmad and State Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment Datuk Mohd Rafiq. President Masood Khan said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir wante the realization of their right to self-determination recognized and pledged to them by the UN Security Council.

They do not want a confrontation or war or endless strife. He told his interlocutors that Kashmiris had been subjected to brutalities for the past 72 years, including killings, massacres, blinding, rape and disappearances; but since August 5, 2019, the entire territory of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) was under a relentless occupation lockdown and communication blockade.

“The people and the land are both under punitive, imperialistic siege”, he said, adding that in this dark hour of Kashmir’s history, the leadership and people of Malaysia have stood by Kashmiris and had demanded an end to occupation of the territory and repression taking place there.

“I salute Malaysia for not yielding to immense Indian pressure to retract its position on Kashmir. The Malaysian example clearly shows that nations have to bear costs for upholding norms of justice and protection of human rights of people living under foreign occupation and alien domination”, he said.

The President also sought the guidance of the Malaysian leadership for resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute through peaceful and diplomatic means while keeping the UN SC resolutions intact as the starting point of any negotiations on the issue.

Masood Khan underlined that the people of Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmiri were keen to learn from the experience of ASEAN which had invested time, energy and political will in confidence building measures and conflict resolution mechanisms to resolve amicably the Association’s internal problems and its issues with neighbouring countries.

The AJK President said that because of MAPIM leader Haji Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid’s three visits to Azad Kashmir, in the recent past, new avenues are being explored to cement Malaysia- Kashmir ties.

During a visit to the MAPIM headquarters, he thanked Haji Mohd Azmi for bringing Malaysian and ASEAN parliamentarians and representatives of civil society organizations to Muzaffarabad. Elaborate plans, he said, had been made by the two sides to establish a Malaysia-Kashmir Cultural Centre in Muzaffarabad later this year.

Besides, MAPIM would be donating ambulances to the AJK Government as a goodwill gesture. He also thanked MAPIM for launching the Malaysian Kashmir Youth Movement under its banner. Mr. Suhail Qamaruddin is its President and State Minister Rafiq its Patron.

President Masood Khan said that AJK is keen to receive, facilitate and host Malaysian tourists in all parts of the liberated State which is also a “paradise on earth” because of its alpine beauty and stunning landscapes.

In addition, Azad Kashmir and Malaysia can collaborate in the areas of extraction of precious and semi-precious stones, halal food, SMEs and the trade sector. The Malaysian telecommunications enterprises could also help in building telecom infrastructures in AJK.

Azad Kashmir, he said, is also keen to attract Malaysian investment in industrial and agricultural sectors and would promote exchanges of faculty and students of higher learning institutions. During his visit to Malaysia, President Masood Khan also addressed a gathering of over 200 students of the prestigious University of Kuala Lumpur which specializes in natural sciences and new technologies.

After his meeting with the Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, he also addressed, at the Foreign Ministry premises, members of the International Relations Committee of the Malaysian Youth Parliament as well as the Malaysian Youth Council.

After explaining the plight of the Kashmiris living in IOJK, the President said that the Malaysian youth can play an important role in creating awareness about ongoing genocide in IOJK, mobilize international opinion for putting an end to repression in IOJK and help create an enabling environment for the restoration and exercise of the fundamental rights of the Kashmiris including their right to self-determination.

“We all belong to one global village, one humanity and one international community. Kashmiris should not be allowed to be persecuted and exterminated by Indian occupation forces with impunity.

They should not be punished simply because they are Muslims. They should not become the victims of the neo-fascist Hindutva doctrine”, he said. President Masood appealed to the Malaysian youth to communicate to the world forums, including the UN and influential parliaments, to stress the need for an end to the lockdown and repression in IOJK, the reversal of the illegal steps taken on August 5 by India and stop land grab in the occupied territory.

The Malaysian youth, he said, has already created a platform for working with the global civil society, including the Indian civil society, to mould world opinion for the expeditious resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

President Masood Khan also addressed an interactive seminar at the MAPIM headquarters which was attended by representatives from Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Bangladesh, Indian community and Malaysian women organizations, among others.

They all expressed their resolve to accelerate their endeavours for saving Kashmiris from the scourge of genocide and make humanitarian interventions. They emphasized that the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh should not be allowed to “copycat” and replicate the pattern of occupation and legalization of illicit settlements in the West Bank and present this as a fait accompli to the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are the owners of their land and territory.

President Masood Khan on the occasion said that Kashmir was an international issue and would require an international coalition to save Kashmiris from total annihilation. “To crush the will of the Kashmiris seems to be a part of a global pattern; the response, therefore, should also be at the global level”, he said.

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Digital technology vital to promote education: AJK President

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MUZAFFARABAD,(Parliament Times): The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has said that the dream of development and prosperity of the liberated territory cannot materialize until and unless the education system in the state is restructured in accordance with modern technology. “It is essential to making education being imparted to the new generation job market-oriented and the curriculum compatible to the emerging trends in the world,” the president said while addressing a function held here on Saturday to unveil a gigantic education program under the auspices of an international education technology company “Coded Minds”.

He said that the use of digital technology has become inevitable to bring about a revolution in the education sector, while technologies like artificial intelligence, internet of things, robotics, blockchain and cloud computing are now in the hands of the youth. The President, however, stressed  the use of these new technologies for the promotion of education and other positive purposes. He maintained that the concept of public-private partnership is very charming, but it is easy to implement it. Various surveys related to education reveal that Azad Kashmir with 88 per cent score is far ahead of remaining areas of Pakistan in terms of enrolment, registration, gender equality and learning but our educational infrastructure is weak and fragile, he added.

While appreciating the efforts of founder president of Coded Minds Omar Farooqui, the AJK president said that introduction of education technology in 14 countries by a son of Kashmir Omar Farooq and Amina Khaishgi is a matter of great pride for us, and now they want to work for the promotion of education in Azad Kashmir, and we would extend forthright cooperation to them in this regard. Speaking on the occasion, founding President of Coded Minds and Chief Operating Officer of the company for South Asia Chapter Amina Khaishgi said that in order to turn Azad Kashmir into a valley of learning and knowledge, her company has decided to launch a program to impart education in accordance with the requirements of the 21st century with the support of modern technology. We would introduce a system under which the students will not depend much on books and classroom lectures and they would rapidly learn through project-based activities, she said adding that 100 per cent literacy and re-enrolment of 24,000 schoolchildren in Azad Kashmir is the goal that we would achieve in next couple of years. On this, the occasion, Vice-Chancellor AJK University, Prof Dr Kalim Abbasi said that socio-economic development is not possible without education. At present more than 6,000 educational institutions besides a university or a sub-campus of the university in all district are functioning in Azad Kashmir. However, he said that imparting training to 40,000 teachers is a big challenge for us which can be met with cooperation and assistance of the organizations like Coded Minds..

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Ed-Tech firm Library 21 acquires UK-based Education Company IDG to offer Elite Courses

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Shortly after launching in Pakistan, global ed-tech firm Library 21 acquires UK-based leadership education company IDG to offer elite courses to the public 

Highlights: 

Inspirational Development Group (IDG) is the firm behind leadership courses in a strategic alliance with the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst

Many world leaders – including Pakistan’s top military leadership – have attended the institution. Now Pakistanis can avail the same courses through Library 21  

DUBAI, November 2 – Disruptive global ed-tech company, Library 21 Holdings Ltd (formerly known as Coded Minds), has acquired UK-based Inspirational Development Group (IDG), the firm behind leadership courses and in a strategic alliance with the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, UK where many world leaders – including Pakistan Army’s top brass – have studied. 

The Pakistan Army has been considered as one of the best performers in the UK’s Royal Military Academy. Recently, it won an international military drill competition known as the Pace Sticking Competition at the academy for the third consecutive time. Now Pakistanis can acquire the same courses as well through Library 21. 

Omar Farooqui, the Founder and President of Library 21 Holdings Ltd, said, “We feel proud, by virtue of this acquisition, we are an education partner of this prestigious institution that produces the world’s best leaders.”  

“The year 2020 has brought about many challenges to companies worldwide but we have used this opportunity to reaffirm our business model and drive to make education a right and not a privilege by bringing best in class offerings to the masses,” Farooqui added.

Library 21 is now providing education in Pakistan as well. The strategic acquisition means that the company will now be operating in more than 12 countries across the world and will have a complete 360 suite of education programs for pre-K to adults as well as corporates. 

IDG is the second major international acquisition by Library21. The company acquired a leading STEM and INNOVATION education company in Canada and the USA last year.

Peter Turpie, the Managing Director of IDG, said that they cherish the long-standing exclusive partnership with the Royal Military Academy for over 20 years. “We are proud that we have produced the world’s best leaders through our educational plans. Now as part of Library21 group, we are confident that we will be able to bring all our core expertise at the doorstep of tomorrow’s leaders” he remarked. 

He said the acquisition would bring world-class education to the doorsteps of students around the world. “With travel restrictions, education is now becoming more localized. Such an opportunity will benefit everyone wherever Library 21 is offering education, making it world-class education accessible”.

Turpie added, “Joining the Library21 group presents a fantastic opportunity for us and will further our ambition to build the next generation of leaders across the globe through high-quality learning experiences that are fun, innovative and accessible.”  

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International Education Technology company to hire 300,000 teachers for 30 million students across Pakistan

International Education Technology company to hire 300000 teachers for 30 million students across Pakistan

KARACHI: More than 300,000 young teachers will be hired in Pakistan’s academic sector over the next five years, Coded Minds Pakistan has announced.

“We are on a mission to empower Pakistani children with the right skills and knowledge and for that we need highly trained teachers and academic managers to undertake this crucial task,” said Omar Farooqui, founder and president of Coded Minds – an internaNonal iSTEAM (innovaNon, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) and Leadership educaNon technology company.

“The Pakistani educaNon system needs complete overhaul, which is impossible without properly trained teachers who know the art of modern educaNon and learning. We are here to support government iniNaNves and help talented young Pakistanis to have one of the most respectable and sought-aVer careers,” Farooqui said.

Farooqui revealed his company will provide educaNon to more than 30 million students across the country in five years Nme, through its different educaNonal iniNaNves.

“We are bringing world-class STEM educaNon at a disrupNve price point so that everyone in the country- be it a school going child or a young aspiraNng professional from any background can empower with right skills and knowledge. We believe in educaNon beyond boundaries.”

“To cater to such huge numbers, we require more than 300,000 teachers, mentors and managers in the span of five years,” he added.

According to Farooqui, his company would not only provide jobs to teachers but also offer internaNonal Teachers Training Diploma to the exisNng teachers, from Montessori to the University levels, to upgrade their skills.

According to the company official, employment opportuniNes are available across the country, where it is a village, town, or large ciNes. “We need teachers in every corner of the country to cater our students.”

While referring to the qualificaNon and age requirement, the official said there is no requirement of B-Ed or M-Ed. “We need fresh subject ma[er experts. We will train them as per our internaNonal standards.”

Alif Ailaan, who is part of an Islamabad-based educaNon reform movement, said about 50 percent of teachers across the country have received no formal training, which is leading to the decline in student enrollments.

According to the government of Pakistan survey, there are only 1.8 million teachers in the country and a large number of private teachers have lost their jobs because of the closure of schools during Covid-19.

Teachers who want to apply, can write to pak@coded-minds.org or fill the form on the website www.coded-minds.org/ Pakistan

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