Google, the prominent US technology company, has revealed plans for new educational ventures in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, with the establishment of 50 smart schools. In partnership with local entity Tech Valley, Google’s education division recently held discussions with the Secretary of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training to outline forthcoming initiatives for Pakistan’s education landscape.

According to reports from the state news agency, these 50 smart schools in Islamabad will benefit from 30,000 Google for Education IDs, offering AI-driven practice sets and a suite of digital tools to boost collaboration and productivity. The discussions also encompassed upcoming programs such as teacher workshops focusing on Google for Education tools, the establishment of a public Google Reference School, training sessions for 2,000 youths in job-ready skills through Google Career Certificates, and potential collaboration on hosting an Edutech event with Pakistan’s Ministry of Federal Education.

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Earlier this year in March, Google reiterated its commitment to advancing women’s empowerment on International Women’s Day. By equipping women with essential skills and resources, Google envisions a future of greater equality, inclusion, and prosperity for all in Pakistan.

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Google to Establish Smart Schools in Pakistan

Recognizing the significant potential, Google aims to bridge gender gaps through various programs, including the Google Career Certificates initiative launched in Pakistan in 2022. Half of the program’s scholarships were exclusively reserved for women, facilitating women’s access to economic opportunities and enabling them to pursue their aspirations. In 2023, the program awarded 44,500 scholarships and plans to provide 45,000 more scholarships in 2024 to empower more learners.

Furthermore, through the Google News Initiative (GNI) and in collaboration with local partners, Google has been training young journalists, offering reporting opportunities for women, and addressing newsroom accessibility.

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