About More About Visual

More About Visual

In Pakistan, once you leave the big cities there is no use of computers and technology in schools. Language is another barrier as the majority of people do not understand English-based educational videos.More About Visual, a TED-Ed Innovation Project
will help students to overcome these language barriers by sharing videos that teach basic skills through gestures rather than words, a solution with global implications.

Story Behind Project

My family runs a not for profit school for girls in a village in Gujranwala, Pakistan. The school was built with the intention to promote girls education as many parents are reluctant to send their girls to school especially if it is far. The school has been running successfully since 2000. Last year, in 2016, I was asked to step in as a board member. One of the areas where I saw I could contribute immediately was bringing in audio visual aids to school. In Pakistan, once you leave the big cities there is no use of computers and technology in schools. So a student may finish school and during the whole time, s/he has not seen a single image or a video as a learning aid. The real challenge was not to arrange necessary equipment but what to show on a multimedia projector. Language is another barrier as the majority of people do not understand English-based educational videos. This situation is not unique to that area in Pakistan only but many other educational communities around the globe face a similar challenge.

TED-Ed (insert hyperlink http://ed.ted.com/) Innovation Projects (hyperlink http://blog.ed.ted.com/2015/09/01/this-is-the-ted-ed-innovative-educator-program/) provide a platform to find answers to challenges which educators across globe face. They provide necessary support and collaborate to bring ideas to life. More About Visual will help students to overcome these language barriers by sharing videos that teach basic skills through gestures rather than words, a solution with global implications. The hope is that this platform will provide a digital curriculum from which parents who home school their children, educational communities which find language a barrier and differently abled children who are challenged with hearing can benefit and be a part of a digital tomorrow where technology is a friend to them.