Lahore : A delegation from National Services Youth Council Colombo, Sri Lanka, visited e-Learn program of Punjab IT Board (PITB) at Arfa Tower on the other day. The 15-member delegation gathered from all over Sri Lanka was led by Youth Parliament Minister Srilanka Mr.Kasun Wickramasingha.
E-Learn‘s team presented the digital content and shared on going educational programs and initiatives of Punjab government with the delegation. The delegation was informed that the PITB had initiated exemplary IT based education projects in Punjab that were being replicated by the other provinces such as Gilgit Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and even Islamabad. Joint Director cum Project head of e-learn program Kashif Farooq told that Punjab was the first province in Pakistan that had made monitoring data of 53000 public schools public. He said “our smart monitoring program has significantly increased attendance and performance of teachers in schools.
The monitoring staffs have been bound to visit each school once a month and send digital reports on attendance, cleanliness and missing facility through our central dashboard. This practice has eliminated fake visits and reports as were found before smart monitoring.”
Mr. Farooq further told that the e-Learn Punjab program had digitized all science and maths books of the class 6 to 10 and the lessons were being delivered on LED screen in eight selected schools of Punjab under its pilot project through computer tablets given to their teachers.
Comparing the youth educational and cultural values in both the countries, the delegates highly appreciated eLearn’s revolutionary initiatives to blend technology and education to avoid rote-learning. Mr.Kasun Wickramasingha applauded and shared his thoughts of proposing collaboration between e-Learn.Punajb and Sri Lankan government in education sector. The Principal of Modern-age Public School & College, Abbottabad Wahid Siraj was also accompanying the delegation along with his staff members.