The ‘Jazz Smart School’ programme, an initiative of Jazz, has been nominated for the prestigious GSMA Asia Mobile Awards 2018 under the category of ‘Outstanding Mobile Contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia.’ The award ceremony is scheduled to take place in the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, June 27-29, 2018.
This year 102 nominees have been shortlisted for 14 awards with Jazz being the sole representative from Pakistan. The GSMA Asia Mobile Awards are judged by more than 60 world-leading independent experts, analysts, journalists, academics and, in some cases, mobile operator representatives.
The ‘Jazz Smart School’ programme introduces a smart learning solution to the traditional schooling system through a digital blended learning platform. The objective of the programme is to improve the quality of instruction in the public sector schools that otherwise do not have access to state-of-the-art technological tools and devices.
“Being nominated by an honorable, international body at one of the most prestigious awards of the telecom industry allows Jazz Smart School program to gain international exposure. Part of our ‘Make Your Mark’ initiative, we would like to push this programme to schools nationwide, so more students can benefit from digital learning.” – Aamir Ibrahim, CEO, Jazz
So far the programme has been implemented across 75 female schools in Islamabad where more than 20,000 female students and 500 female teachers are already benefitting from digital content and lessons designed to inculcate a better understanding of concepts.
“Since the launch of the programme, we have seen how it has empowered teachers and engaged students in all schools. It has been fascinating to see 45-year old teachers, who had never touched a computer before, overcoming their fear and using technology in their classrooms. 65% of our schools are located in rural areas, and for them it has been a life-changing experience. This collective effort will be key to attaining sustainable development goals.” – Hira Zainab, Head of Outreach and Engagement, Knowledge Platform
Jazz has been a recipient of another GSMA organized international awards, when JazzCash was recognized as the “Best Mobile Product, Application or Service for Women in Emerging Markets” at Global Mobile Awards 2017, hosted at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.