Pakistan is facing an education crisis with 22.6 million out of school children, and the remaining who do go to schools are left at the mercy of unresolved systemic issues and with insufficient resources of learning.
In order to solve the problem of education scarcity, the standard of education must be upgraded. The youth of Pakistan lacks formal education and methods to attain it. This does include not only formal education but also informal methods of education and skills training. Despite increasing expenditure on infrastructure and other development issues, education evades the limelight. This gap in education needs and availability leads to lower entrepreneurial initiatives and eventually, economic progress in the country.
Edutech can be a reasonable solution for bridging the aforementioned gap. The use of Fintech in Pakistan has proved quite successful which makes us confident regarding the success in this new avenue where education and technology will be combined. Already, new channels to utilize knowledge of content has started to boost the reach of educational institutions on a regional and global level. Stakeholders also believe that innovative solutions like Edutech must be identified and scaled. Edutech needs to highlight issues in how we are or are not consuming education.
- A population that does not have a source of education owing to financial limitations.
- People who want to gain more skills and learning without going to business schools through loans
- People working in expediting industries trying to catch up with the trends
- People who lack access to schools because of geographical restrictions
More factors that support the idea of business in Edutech industry are the increasing popularity of personalized instruction methods (timings and course materials for example), towering costs of formal education or even the increasing adaptation of digital methods for the mode of instruction. Edutech as an industry has magnanimous potential.
The same approach that we are suggesting here has been adopted by websites like ELN and Ilm Ideas in Pakistan. ELN is hoping to target the teachers of Pakistan by providing specialized e-learning solutions for teacher training. Whereas Ilm ideas aims to engage different parties for creating a sustainable community that will have the ability to identify and shore up new education innovations. The ELN project will increase the quality of education being given to our children and initiates direct improvement in the education sector. It is a globally present platform that focuses on addressing issues faced by teachers. The Ilm Ideas platform is currently focusing on establishing and seeding an enduring innovation fund to leverage grant money and to make sure future innovations can be financed after program closure.
To practically implement the idea of Edutech in Pakistani culture we need to answer a series of questions.
Would it actually solve the existing problems we have in terms of accessibility? How about quality? And how can Edutech encourage plural knowledge systems? Are we ready for it or not?
In order to find answers to these particular questions, it is essential that an upcoming conference on the prospects of Edutech in the Echelon Asia Summit 2017 at Singapore.
The speakers would include David Kopf who is Co-founder of Remind, Rohan Pasari (Co-founder and CEO of Cialfo), and Tuan Pham (Founder and CEO of Topica EdTech Group).
The panel discussion will be restrained by Mike Michalec who is Managing Director of EdTech Asia. In a country like Pakistan where Edutech is in its initial stages, startups need to come forward and participate in such events. The Echelon Asia Summit will be conducted on June 28-19, 2017.