Education for Learning

SAHE collaborated with Geo television network to launch an educational quiz show titled ‘One school, One Library: Parho aur agay barho that ran on TV every Sunday evening from November, 2012 to April, 2013 for a total of 20 episodes. The winner was to receive a cash prize of PKR 1.8 million that was to be distributed equally between the student and his school’s library for the purchase of more books and resources.The overall objective of the quiz program was to make a significant contribution to the task of creating a knowledge society in Pakistan by promoting reading, encouraging critical thinking and citizenship awareness among students through the use of the electronic media. In addition, the aim was to create a forum where students hailing from different socio-economic strata and regions of Pakistan could compete as well as learn in a healthy environment.

80 students from grades 9 – 12, including an equal number of girls and boys, from both public and private schools from across the country qualified to compete as contestants on the show. These contestants hailed from Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Hunza, Peshawar, Hyderabad, Islamabad and Muzaffarabad. While the quiz covered a number of disciplines including mathematics, history, geography, science, sports and general knowledge, the purpose was to develop relevant questions with a pluralist perspective that highlighted the richness and diversity of our culture, history and literature and the contributions of minorities, women and culturally distinct groups to our national life.

The show sparked the interest of the public and approximately 3 million viewers tuned in to watch the show. The competition was won by Talha Shabbir, a student from Azad Jammu and Kashmir who belonged to a public higher secondary school.

Textbooks are an important input in the education sector and one of the key determinants of the quality of education. Reforming textbooks and textbook development processes across the provinces in Pakistan are difficult and challenging tasks. Many of the textbooks in place do not cultivate critical thinking skills in children nor do they imbibe socially inclusive and tolerant messages. The quiz show provided a means to use television, a medium that is accessible to many in the country, to inculcate critical thinking and civic values in students, teachers and viewers at large.

 

 Duration  2012 – 2013
 Location  Across Pakistan
 Sponsor  Open Society Foundations; Geo  television network; LG Electronics
 Themes  Citizenship; Curriculum
 Project  Parh oaur agay barho (Learn &  advance)

CONTACT

Muhammad Azhar, Program Manager
muh.azhar@gmail.com

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