The City School stages “Thought Leaders”, Pakistan’s First Early Years EducationSymposium
Karachi, March 22, 2017:Pakistan’s largest private school system,The City School (TCS),organized thenation’s first ever symposium on Early Years Education, entitled “Thought Leaders”. The symposium conveneda platform for renowned experts and influencers to exchange best practices and cutting edge research in designing, developingand managing high performance learning environments for early childhood education.
The Symposium drew on acombination of speaker sessions, panel discussions and workshops engaging local stakeholders,early years’ practitioners, schools and parents, to set the future direction for this critical area of education. In his keynote address, Philip Hallworth, Director Academics, The City School said, “Children only get one chance at childhood – it is both our privilege and our duty, whether as educators or parents, to ensure that they spend their childhood actively learning and not passively doing.
Actively learning the knowledge, life skills and values that will be the foundation for their future – and that they must have fun doing so. We should never underestimate the influence we as educators can have on young lives. Child-centric Early Years education develops confident, resilient, sociable and tolerant young people who then grow up to be the responsible adult thought leaders of our future society.Saboohi Irtiza, GM Early Years Education at The City School, laid great emphasis on cognitive learning among young children through interactive play opportunities. The City School vows to innovate in early years education with teaching and learning methods that are an outcome of evolving technology and a stimulating environment in and out of the classroom. As the “Thought Leader” in Early Years Education, TCS is providing the best curriculum, thereby designing the framework best suited to address each child’s needs.The focus of the symposium was on preparing children for the 21st century, which is characterized by great technological advancements. Technologyhasadvancededucationand is playing avitalrolein personalizinglearning,encouragingcollaboration, andpreparingstudentsforthefuture.The City School is investing heavily in integratingtechnologyintheclassroom, employing innovative teaching and learning methods to ensure that its students are well prepared for the 21st century.The Symposium was broadcast live on YouTube on TCS’ Official YouTube Channel, another first for Pakistan.Established in Karachi in 1978, The City School is today one of the largest private school networks in Pakistan with branches in all the major cities across the country. It currently has 458 owned and franchised schoolsin 53 cities with over 126,000 studentsand 8000 employees. The City School continues to expand its reach to meet the demands for quality education. The knowledge and skills-based curriculum derived from the UK national curriculum guides students from Nursery to Cambridge International Examinations (for the 16 and 18 year age group), qualifying them for the IGCSE, and O and A Level examinations. The uniform implementation of the curriculum gives parents, students, and teachers the advantage of a smooth and efficient transfer from one school to another within the system