The webinar series hosted by the UNAPxIoBM Chapter address social issues in Pakistan and the innovation that Pakistani youth is trying to bring in the world which is hidden from the limelight.
Gen Z aims to engage and inspire the youth of Pakistan and to provide an opportunity for attendees to explore possible implementable solutions throughout the series.
GEN Z EPISODE 1 – 25th June 2020
The Webinar’s first honorable guest speaker on the topic ‘Education Around The World And In Pakistan’, was Ms. Salma Ahmed Alam. Salma Ahmed Alam is the CEO of Durbeen which is a non-profit organization that aims to improve teacher education. She holds a Master’s in Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Salma is also the Rector of Govt. Elementary College of Education (Hussainabad) which is the first college operating under Durbeen. Faculty, with degrees from reputable universities all around the world, are being called to teach at GECE. Students enrolled in Bachelors in Education program are given several benefits like guaranteed jobs upon graduation, merit-based full scholarships and free laptops.
She aims to bring reforms in education by recruiting qualified faculty, upgrading existing facilities, improving management, and teacher education curriculum. Salma Ahmed Alam believes that the education system can only be changed by appointing quality teachers and for this Durbeen is working to raise the standard of teacher education resulting in graduate teachers who can teach and assess 21st-century knowledge and skills to students of all socioeconomic classes.
GEN Z Webinar’s second honorable guest speaker on the topic ‘Education Around The World And In Pakistan’, was Mr. Ahmed Saya.
A teacher, trainer, motivational speaker, and counselor by profession and inspiration by personality. He has recently been awarded for being The World’s Most Dedicated Teacher by Cambridge university along with an appreciation for his services as an educationalist. Included in a never-ending list of his achievements as a mentor and an idol for many young minds. He is also one of the founding members of The Bridge School, a school for underprivileged students, which is formed to eradicate illiteracy from Pakistan and to bridge the gap between poor and rich students.
“I am not in competition with anyone. Instead, I am in competition with MYSELF. If I am better than what I was yesterday, I have achieved success.”
These words of Mr. Saya represent his ambitious mind and determination towards bringing change and progressivism in the society.
The youth needs motivation, it seeks inspiration. Project GEN Z is all about providing the youth of Pakistan with the best resources, mentorship, and support and to give their hope a platform to stand on.
The third guest speaker on the topic was ‘Education Around The World And In Pakistan’, Dr. Irfan Hyder. Dr. Irfan holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. In his career spanning over 18 years, he has worked in leadership positions at organizations such as IBA and PAF-KIET while currently, he’s serving as Rector, IoBM. He has extensive industry consultancy experience for private and public sector organizations such as Oxford University Press, Trade Development Board (EPB), Pakistan Ordnance Factories, Pakistan Steel, Ministry of Science and Technology. His entrepreneurial ventures include E Patterns Software Solutions, Ahsan Memorial (AEF) L2L Academy.