Our Focus on Pakistan
EdTech Hub develops and delivers evidence in EdTech. We work in partnership with researchers and stakeholders to find solutions to education challenges. Our topic areas include: Data for Decisions, Digital Personalised Learning (DPL), Girls’ Education & Technology, Participation & Messaging and Teacher Continuous Professional Development (TCPD).
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EdTech Hub activities in Pakistan
Since 2020, EdTech Hub has been assisting many players in Pakistan’s education sector. Because the education sector in Pakistan is very decentralised, EdTech Hub’s work requires close collaboration with the Government at the federal and provincial levels, as well as local partners, EdTech entrepreneurs and policy think tanks.
More specifically, EdTech Hub works with the Pakistani Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training (MoFEPT), the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), the FCDO, World Bank, and UNICEF to achieve large-scale impact.
Digital Personalised Learning (DPL)
What is Digital Personalised Learning? Technology to support personalised learning and teaching at the level of the student.
The challenge facing the education sector: Teaching is often not targeted at the level of the student. Classes have wide-ranging learning levels. Many students do not learn effectively, becoming disengaged.
And so we ask: How can technology be used to maximise the effectiveness of personalised learning and teaching at the level of the student?
We are working with our partners to use DPL to improve student experiences of education in-country. Read about our monitoring and evaluation framework for blended learning.
Investigating the Impact on Learning Outcomes Through the Use of EdTech During Covid-19: The study tests the impact of low-tech solutions on maths, Urdu and English scores for grade 8 students. The interventions that were tested were:
- Teaching at the right level
- Fortnightly assessments
- Digital teacher training sessions
- EdTech Hub supported MoFEPT by developing a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for a blended learning pilot that deploys tools with varying levels of personalisation. An M&E framework was developed through an approach that:
- Ensured alignment with the Pakistani context
- Fostered ownership of the framework among key stakeholders
- Provided stakeholders with the knowledge and skills to support future refinement of the framework
- EdTech Hub will continue to offer support by training M&E teams to effectively adhere to the framework.
- Technology to Empower Actors Across the Learning Ecosystem (led by Harvard University).
Participation & Messaging
What is Participation & Messaging? Technology to promote participation in school.
The challenge facing the education sector: A significant number of children are out of school worldwide and this situation has been exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19. Many of the most marginalised who were previously enrolled in schools are at risk of never returning.
And so we ask: How can nudge technologies and messaging apps be used to re-engage students, reduce the number of out-of-school children, and improve learning outcomes?
- Pakistan Distance-Learning Topic Brief – Primary-level Deaf Children: As part of a Helpdesk request, EdTech Hub wrote a brief to provide guidance and recommendations on how to support the education of deaf children in Pakistan, particularly during school closures, using alternative learning approaches.
- Pakistan Topic Brief – Providing Distance Learning to Hard-to-Reach Children: As part of a Helpdesk request, EdTech Hub wrote a brief that explores the ways of providing distance education to children in remote rural areas and urban slums.
- Testing how to support deaf children to access remote learning in Pakistan: EdTech Hub partnered with Deaf Reach to conduct a sandbox that tested how EdTech could be most effectively used to provide distance learning for deaf children.
Support MoFEPT in developing a national Distance Learning Strategy.
Other EdTech Topics
- Country-Level Research Review – EdTech in Pakistan: Research for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on EdTech in Pakistan in which EdTech emerged as a priority research area for the public and private sector in Pakistan.
- Technical assistance to the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training in driving stakeholder engagement to develop an evidence-based national Distance Learning Strategy.
- Hub-led research for UNICEF Pakistan’s Digital Learning Landscape Analysis that examines Pakistan’s digital education ecosystem. The review aims to help UNICEF Pakistan develop an engagement strategy to adopt EdTech in Pakistan.
- EdTech Hub serves as the technical secretariat for the National Education Development Partner Group (NEDPG). In this role, the Hub aligns Pakistan’s EdTech activities through stakeholder engagement, promoting global best practice.
- Continue providing ad-hoc support to relevant large-scale EdTech interventions (especially FCDO and World Bank).
Discover our Helpdesk
EdTech Hub supports education decision-makers to incorporate the latest globally informed, locally relevant knowledge and evidence into choices related to EdTech.
FCDO Education Advisers, World Bank staff and UNICEF staff who work closely with ministries of education in low- and middle-income countries can request and receive short-term, discrete support from the EdTech Hub Helpdesk.
We work with requesters to support the “what” and “how” of EdTech-enabled approaches. We seek approaches that are evidence-based, contextually appropriate, realistic to implement, and cost-effective.
If you can’t submit a Helpdesk request, you can still get answers. We’ve summarised the findings from previous Helpdesk requests for you to explore.