KARACHI: Pakistan suffers from a grave dilemma – one that seems far from being resolved. From the education system being in complete shambles, to having multiple modes — private and public — of imparting basic education to the children, the country’s academic sector needs a thorough, exhaustive change.

A way to address educational woes that exist in Pakistan is to conduct comprehensive training courses for teachers and academicians at the public level so as to provide the younger generation with a plethora of quality government teachers.

With this vision in mind, a non-profit organisation named ‘Durbeen’ has taken on the mantle of imparting free higher education to individuals who aspire to become professional teachers while being a part of a larger, monumental education eco-system.

For the purpose, the organisation is credited for initiating a pilot project at the Government Elementary College of Education (GECE), Hussainabad, with a dream to prepare apt, informed and educated group of high-quality teachers through its progressive training courses.

A sister organisation of eminent singer and philanthropist Shehzad Roy’s ‘Zindagi Trust’, ‘Durbeen’ in collaboration with the provincial government, aims to link teacher preparation, selection and placement with school reforms.

To achieve the said task, ‘Durbeen’ intends to take over the management of one of the oldest teacher training institutes in the province, by introducing and implementing a modernised curriculum, with the help of University of Helsinki in Finland.

To get detailed insights on the project, The News got in touch with ‘Durbeen’s CEO Salma Alam who shed further light on the larger problem at hand.

“The fundamental changes in the economy, jobs, and businesses today are driving new, different skill demands. Now more than ever, it is not enough for a student to just be good at Math, Science or English. It is now essential for students to also be able to think critically and creatively, communicate, collaborate, find good information quickly, and use technology effectively. These are today’s survival skills—not only for career success, but for personal and civic life as well,” Alam, a passionate educationist and a certified teacher from Singapore, said.

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