Zong is working to bridge Pakistan's digital education divide.
Pakistan's educational system is deplorable. Challenges arise at all levels, ranging from a lack of infrastructure to the need for adjustments in policymaking, academia, and curriculum. The gender difference in schooling is also wide, with more girls dropping out than males (32 percent vs 21 percent). Pakistan's literacy rate of 57 percent trails well below that of its regional counterparts.
With a population of over 200 million people, Pakistan has over 22.5 million out-of-school children, the vast majority of them are females. More emphasis should be placed on the government's spending on public education.
It doesn't take a genius to realise how females' lack of education has a negative impact on their future wages. Women, who account for around 39% of the Pakistani labour force, earn just half of what their male counterparts do with only an elementary education. With secondary schooling, the proportion rises to 70%.
The digital divide has grown much greater.
Unfortunately, in Pakistan, access to digital education is still restricted to a select few. While the public education infrastructure is slow to adapt to digital learning, the bulk of cheap private schools lack the necessary e-education infrastructure.
The unrelenting Covid-19 outbreak brought this troubling division to light. While the virus interrupted life as we knew it, it caused the whole educational system to scramble to digitalize. Underprivileged pupils and educators were left behind in the race, demonstrating how unprepared our system is for such a catastrophe.
If anything, the epidemic demonstrated the path ahead for the school sector as the country transitions to the digital era. However, knowing where to go is useless without the necessary tools and resources, since education providers still require support at all levels to promote digital education in the country.
Zong's goal is to bridge the digital gap.
Much of Pakistan's continuing digitalization is ICT-driven, which means that digital gadgets like mobile phones and tablets connected to mobile broadband are assisting in the creation of the digital future Pakistan has long envisioned. And, as the country's digitalization leader, Zong is leading the way in digitalizing education.
Zong, which has pioneered the incorporation of technology into several sectors of life, is now harnessing connection and technology to close the digital gap in Pakistan's education sector. The firm is empowering and equipping Pakistanis for a brighter future by offering e-Learning and digital education programmes, particularly for girls.
In the grand scheme of things, Zong has collaborated with schools and social groups to promote digital education. In addition, the organisation has partnered with vocational centres for girls and women to give skill development training and introduce them to digital learning methods.
In its most recent move in this direction, Zong 4G has partnered with the Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) to develop an online course dubbed 'How to E-lance.' The training will teach 10,000 young people how to become professional freelancers, allowing them to establish online careers on the world's top two freelancing sites, Fiverr and Upwork.
Zong is also cooperating with PSDF to deliver 300 smart tablets to PSDF top students, encouraging them to fully utilise this platform and shape their futures. This will broaden the scope of digital learning and assist even more young people, particularly women, who face mobility and safety issues in becoming digitally engaged and establishing online professions.
Prior to this, Zong developed a number of digital laboratories in schools, particularly girls' orphanages, to encourage digital education among those who cannot afford it otherwise. Recognizing the critical need to close Pakistan's digital gap, particularly in the aftermath of Covid-19, Zong is dedicated to supporting digital education and having a beneficial influence on the country's education indices.