Class Notes

In the first half of the last century, the education systems of the world were largely
based around the factory school model and designed to serve the needs of the
newly industrialised economies. The focus was on discipline and standardised
learning.
However, in the last quarter of the century, the economies of the industrial world
changed. Increased competition from newly industrialised nations required
fundamental changes. Corporations become leaner and flatter. Management needed
to be flexible, innovative, able to wear multiple hats. Problem solving and digital
literacy became the new normal. The global economic and job creation policy focus,
shifted towards innovation based startups, entrepreneurship and agile SMEs. To
address this economic paradigm shift, the education systems of industrialised
nations responded with more focus around independent learning and collaborative
problem solving. This includes the supplemental use of cognitive and constructive
pedagogy for deep learning, as well as project based learning for creative and critical
thinking, collaboration and communication. Globally, the private sector has played a
key role in developing solutions that enabled this transition both in public and private
education systems.
It is clear that if Pakistan needs to compete globally, it will need to analyse these
trends and map them to its national economy and socio-economic priorities. It has a
long way to go – it is currently ranked 154 out of 183 countries in the commonwealth
global youth development index and with 22.1 million children out of school, it has
the second largest out of school % population in the world.
For Pakistan to change its education system, cost effectively and aligned with local
factor conditions, will require a domestic digital and innovative learning industry.
Although the industrialised world is investing primarily in digital solutions, the sheer
size of the challenge, cost constraints and inadequacy of existing digital
infrastructure may make it difficult to digitally equip the nation’s schools in the near
term.

Our project aims to accelerate this much needed paradigm shift. We will enable the
public and private stakeholders involved in digitising the education system of
Pakistan by giving them important on-ground data related to the education sector.
We propose to create a website that will help these stakeholders get access to the
latest data regarding education sector in Pakistan, and then use this data to create
up-to-date execution strategies of their solutions.

Keeping the above mentioned problems in mind, an ed-tech initiative ClassNotes was started in 2017 to help the youth of Pakistan and similar developing countries. Currently, ClassNotes helps more than half a million students in Asia and MENA regions in getting access to
quality education online.

ClassNotes is working on the UN SDG Goal 4; that is access to quality education for
everyone around the world. The initiative has been working on this goal since mid-
2017 and have helped more than 4 Million students till date. According to a research
paper by Cambridge Education, ClassNotes’ work has produced a significant impact
in the field of education, especially for the underprivileged. However, the biggest area where initiatives like ClassNotes still lag is their execution strategy to help the out-of-school children in Pakistan. The project we are proposing will help all stakeholders in the education sector like ClassNotes get updated information on what exactly is required to bring the much needed digitisation in the education sector and access to quality education for everyone.

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