islamabad - Overseas Pakistanis Foundation has decided to establish well-equipped E-learning schools abroad in collaboration with local partners to address educational needs of the children of overseas Pakistanis.

An official source told APP here on Thursday that regular outflow of Pakistanis to other countries particularly to GCC states has stressed upon the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation to set up more educational institutions in and outside the country, which requires huge funds.

Moreover, setting up conventional schools abroad also requires OPF to meet strict criteria laid down by host countries for establishing schools and recruiting / transporting human resource.

He said that there was always a shortage of qualified teaching staff and the situation is true in case of OPF institutions located in remote areas of the country where quality human resource often migrates to bigger cities in search of better opportunities.

To a question, he said that E-Learning Initiative will cope with this issue by enabling teachers at one particular OPF institution to deliver lectures to a network of classrooms at other OPF institutions, all inter-connected with technology.

Students in remote classrooms would still be able to communicate with the Instructor through audio / video link. E-learning has potential to bring quality education to underserved areas of the country.

The project will facilitate learning and improve students’ performance by increasing the accessibility of quality education to them.

Use of appropriate technological resources will also enable instructors to enhance their pedagogy and instructional methods.

Through digital resource centres, students will be able to access instructional materials from their homes also.