AlifAilaan, has launched a citizen reporting
mobile app and online platform “Taleem Do!” at an event held in
Islamabad. AlifAilaan is an education campaign that has been working for
the last five years to make sure that Pakistan’s leaders understand the
urgency of the education crisis.
According to the latest Pakistan Education Statistics report, there are
22.8 million children who are still out of schools in Pakistan.
Moreover, the national average score in subjects like maths and science
is below 50% as per the National Assessment Test 2016 report.
Talking at the launch event, AlifAilaan’s campaign director Mosharraf
Zaidi stated that “Every Pakistani child deserves to be in school, and
have quality education. Do government schools provide that chance to
every Pakistani child?” Mr. Zaidi stressed that the “voice of the people
of Pakistan can change this!”
Talking about the vision behind the app, AlifAilaan’s Head of Digital
Media Imran Ghazali said that we developed this app “to enable and
empower the Pakistani citizens to raise their voice for a strong,
prosperous and educated Pakistan.”
Explaining the features of the app, Ghazali said that “through this App
people can report issues, read education related stories, submit their
pledges to support education reforms in Pakistan.” The app works both on
android and iOs and gives the user the option to choose Urdu or English
as the language to operate the app.
The app has been developed for AlifAilaan by DPL, an Islamabad based
software hub comprising of young Pakistani developers. DPL’s CEO and
senior member of PASHA, Mr. Syed said that we are really passionate
about the cause of education reforms in Pakistan and with this app we
tried to give an easy tool to the people to highlight the issues the
face in acquiring quality education from across Pakistan.”
AlifAilaan will push the content received through this app on their
website and social media networks. AlifAilaan hopes that in the upcoming
general elections people will use this app to raise the demand for every
single Pakistani child receiving a high quality education.
The ‘Taleem Do’ online platform that has also been launched is to curate
reporting and opinion from students, teachers, parents, opinion-makers
and volunteers from across the country. These contributions will detail
the quality of education, the state of basic facilities, the standards
of teachings and the important policy issues that affect ordinary
Pakistanis. The developers hoped that this collection of reports and
analysis will help build pressure on candidates across the country to
make education a more robust part of their electoral platform and use
‘Taleem Do’ as an important destination for opinion and information on
education in 2018.
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