Karachi – Taking forward the campaign of empowering 24 million children in Pakistan; Coded Minds – a global iSTEAM Ed-Tech company, has partnered with Karachi’s community school to provide STEM education to the students.
Located in the heart of the city, the Paramount Public School caters around 100 students of the community neighbourhood. The partnership will enable children in the Kausar Niazi Colony obtain world-class STEM education at a disruptive price point.
Coded Minds is committed to partner community schools and initiatives across the country.
Speaking to the inauguration, Coded Minds’ Founder and Executive Chairman Omar Farooqui said that there were two ways to directly impact human lives, through education and health. He said, “Give these two things to people and they will make their lives better.”
Referring to the door of a classroom which was painted with the slogan “Never stop growing”, Farooqui said that we must help children grow by providing them with facilities to learn and progress. He urged the community to come forward parallel to the developed world.
Chief guest at the event, Pak Sarzameen Party’s leader Shamshad Siddiqui announced support to the Coded Minds’ initiative to make innovative and iSTEAM courses available to the masses rather than to those only who could pay exorbitant prices.
He said that education was on top in the PSP’s manifesto and they believed in the same vision of Farooqui that education is a right and not a privilege. He also deplored on the existing education system and seconded that public-private partnership was inevitable to make it better.
The school is located on the first floor of a two-storey building situated at the cross section of the local bazaar. Having four classrooms, it is teaching students from grade-I to grade-VIII.
The children interacted, played and shared their future plans with the Coded Minds founder. Jibran, 6, grade-I, said he wanted to become Superman. His classmate Samra, 7, said she wanted to become a nurse. Alishba, 8, and Shehnaz, 10, both from grade-III said they wanted to become teachers.
The school administrator Naz Fahim said that they faced challenges to bring children into the classrooms because first their parents wouldn’t send them thinking education wouldn’t do any good to them because there were no jobs in the market after graduating and secondly they couldn’t afford it.
Saeed Ahmed, a resident of the neighborhood, referred to the children playing in the streets at a time when they should have been in the schools. He said that although there were good schools in the surrounding but they charged as much as the average monthly income of a person here. He expressed hope that the partnership will bring modern learning opportunities to the children of the area.