Numeracy webinar: Using mobile devices for numeracy in Pakistan

TeleTaleem, in partnership with Save the Children, has been working to support literacy and numeracy instruction in Pakistan through its “Ilm on Wheels” innovation.

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Boys in a classroom at a rehabilitated school in Muzaffargarh, Sindh. (c) DFID/Vicki Francis

TeleTaleem, in partnership with Save the Children, has been working to support literacy and numeracy instruction in Pakistan through its “Ilm on Wheels” innovation.  This webinar, which will be presented led by Dr. Imran Zualkernan and Ms. Sehar Taimoor, will explain the theory of change that stipulates that numeracy in marginalized communities can be improved by a holistic real-time approach with a tight feedback loop that addresses children, parents and the community simultaneously.

Through the use of a satellite-enabled traveling van, clusters of schools are visited every two weeks and provided with numeracy training using Save the Children’s Numeracy Boost approach.   Recognizing that training alone is not sufficient to bring about change in teaching practice, project staff also provide just-in-time in-classroom support and mentorship to teachers on a regular basis.  In addition, each teacher is provided with an Android tablet containing content and assessments for children. During the two weeks between visits, the teacher collects assessment data from the children using the Android tablet. To further support teachers, videos of teachers’ classroom behavior are recorded and analyzed by master trainers on a monthly basis and then shared with teachers for reflection and improvement. Teachers and school committees are kept informed about their children’s progress via SMS messages. The intervention targeted 24 schools in four clusters for one academic year in Pakistan. EGMA type tests were used to establish baseline and endline results for Grade 2 students. Medium learning effects were achieved.

Dr. Imran Zualkernan, whose current research is about effective and sustainable use of advanced learning technologies to enable and enhance educational systems in developing countries, has published over 120 research papers and has been involved in creating advanced learning technology companies in Singapore and Pakistan.  Dr. Zualkernan has been a twice recipient of the global IBM Faculty Research award for his research in just-in-time and game-based learning.

Ms. Sehar Taimoor is a basic education coordinator at Save the Children Pakistan where she provides technical assistance to all projects under Education and Child Development. Sehar has over 10 years of experience working on education in Pakistan. Her main responsibility at Save the Children includes designing training manuals around national curriculum for early and primary education.

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The webinar series is part of a Community of Practice (CoP) ‘Numeracy for Development’, facilitated by the GIZ , Save the Children, and Creative Associates. The CoP is open to teachers, educators, practitioners, researchers, academics and others interested in numeracy.  To join the community of practice, visit this page.

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