Islamabad, Pakistan – May 22, 2024 – As part of a groundbreaking collaboration for breaking traditional learning barriers, Knowledge Platform, Pakistan’s leading education technology company, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), a prominent non-profit education organization, and Silver Oaks International Education Services (SOIES), a leading educational service provider, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop the groundbreaking educational equity-focused program “KONYA: Lessons for heart and mind”.

KONYA empowers out-of-school and underprivileged children through engaging digital and physical games and competitions. This innovative program unites the expertise and resources of three organizations to equip children with the foundational literacy, numeracy, global citizenship, and critical 21st-century skills they need to thrive, thus paving the way for a brighter tomorrow.

Mahboob Mahmood, Knowledge Platform’s founder, notes: “We are thrilled to partner with Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi and Silver Oaks to gamify learning for out-of-school and underprivileged children and youth. We know that KONYA cannot fully solve our educational challenges, but interactive, fun, incremental learning can grow very quickly.”

Baela Jamil, CEO, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi (ITA) notes: “We are delighted to launch KONYA. We have had nationwide success in engaging children and youth through play-based learning, active reading programs and the Pakistan Learning Festivals. Using learning games in a systematic way will nudge out-of-school children and youth towards education. Our partnership with the iconic Knowledge Platform, an education technology gamification leader and Silver Oaks International Education Services (SOIES) will reach millions in need”

Hassan Sattar, MD & CEO, SOIES, notes: “The combination of a youth bulge and inequitable access to quality education would prove a combustible mix and perpetuate the vicious cycle of poverty and inequality in Pakistan. Our intent, through KONYA, is to recognize that all children deserve equal chances to participate in a forward-looking and inclusive approach to receiving learning outcomes. We believe that our most valuable contribution to the community and our world is through developing an enabled generation for effective global citizenship”.

Knowledge Platform is a leading emerging markets education technology venture. Knowledge Platform serves over 500 schools and 500,000 learners in Pakistan by providing digital content, learning technologies, and teacher and school support solutions. Knowledge Platform’s parent company in Singapore also provides education technology solutions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

For additional information on the Knowledge Platform, please visit www.knowledgeplatform.com.pk or contact Umair Ali, Director of Outreach and Engagement Knowledge Platform, at uali@knowledgeplatform.com

Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi (ITA), or “Center of Education and Consciousness,” is a Pakistani non-profit established in 2000 to address the multi-layered education crisis. Believing education is a fundamental right, ITA champions nationwide assessment to action for early foundational learning, digital, citizenship and life skills in fragile emergency contexts and always inspired by Pakistan’s rich heritage. ITA has reached 15 million+ beneficiaries, committed to all citizens thriving, especially girls and adolescents through innovations, research, teacher support & partnerships.

For additional information on the ITA, please visit www.itacec.org or contact Baela Jamil, CEO Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi, at baela.jamil@itacec.org

Silver Oaks International Education Services (SOIES) is a multi-faceted education company in Pakistan and Dubai. They manage a network of pre-K to K-12 schools, train teachers, and develop curricula focused on affordability, holistic child development and global citizenship. With a century-long family legacy in education, SOIES offers an inclusive curriculum and caters to nearly 7,700 pupils across 32 campuses.

For additional information on SOIES, please visit www.soies.co or contact Wajiha Khurram, Chief Information Officer, at cio@soies.co

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