How teaching progressive values brings change
- Prize Category: Community Collaboration
- Format: Panel discussion
- Country: Pakistan
- Languages: Streamed live in English with automated captions in Arabic, English, French, Filipino, Hindi, Japanese, Malay, Portuguese, Serbian, and Spanish.
- Learn more about the Top Ten Shortlisted Schools in the Community Collaboration category on the World’s Best School Prizes website.
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About the school
Beaconhouse School System Gulshan Middle 1, a private school in Karachi, Pakistan, has created key outreach programmes based on progressive values that help some of the most vulnerable people in the community, in particular transgender and intersex people. Beaconhouse School System Gulshan Middle’s ethos centres around the idea that education and the youth who inherit progressive ideals, can invoke greater change – even if that change is small.
The school seeks to help enlighten its students and encourage them to help bring about positive outcomes through PSHE lessons. Its core strands comprise several principles: Personal Development, Social, Health and Emotional Values and Beliefs. It has used this as a foundation for club activities that actively work with different parts of the community and promote eco-friendly initiatives such as ‘Team PNEC- NUST, Shell Eco-Marathon’. The campaign allowed students to learn about the design of a model for a fuel-efficient car that helped broaden their insights into the type of infrastructure necessary for an eco-friendly and greener Pakistan.
But central to Beaconhouse School System Gulshan Middle 1 mission is the collaboration its students have had with transgender and intersex people. Through its Social Services Club, students first partnered up with Pakistan’s first Transgender Lawyer, Nisha Rao. Together, they created a documentary that helped illustrate the issues faced by the transgender community, who are amongst the most marginalised in Pakistani society. Students also partnered up with a non-profit, TransPride Society to build awareness and spread positive messages of inclusion, love and human dignity.
Join Beaconhouse School System Gulshan Middle 1 panel discussion and learn how its outreach programmes based on progressive values help some of the most vulnerable people in the community.
Moderator: Talha Saleem
I’m Talha Saleem. I am a Mechanical Engineer with, a Master’s in Applied Mathematics and a secondary bachelor’s degree in Education. I’m also an entrepreneur, a public speaker and a social activist. I have been associated with the Beaconhouse School System for the last 2.5 years. As an educator, I believe in creating a difference at my end by contributing anything I can to make society more peaceful. I am an active member of child protection committees and extracurricular activities. Being an alumnus of AIESEC Global, IAESTE International and IMechE, I am a supporter of causes related to gender equality, moral values and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Speaker 1: Maliha Noman
My name is Maliha Noman. I have been associated with Beaconhouse School System for the past 13 years. Currently, I am serving as the school Headmistress, in charge of the Middle Section and possess vast experience in school leadership.
As an educational leader, I believe I have a pivotal role to play in affecting the climate, attitude and reputation of my school. Being the cornerstone on which learning communities function and grow I ensure that with effective teaching the school becomes an effective incubator of learning, a place where students are not only educated but challenged, nurtured, empowered and encouraged.
Speaker 2: Madiha Akbar
My name is Madiha Akbar. I am serving Beaconhouse School System, Gulshan Middle I since 11 years as an educationalist. Currently, I’m working in the capacity of a School Coordinator, Instructional Coach, and English Second Language Teacher. Professional development is one of the most vital and core components of my job responsibilities. Conducting mandatory and guided learning sessions, observing teachers for formative feedback and mentoring teachers enrolled in different In-house and Cambridge International qualifications are my desk tasks. Moreover, being in the role of a teacher provides me, an essential insight into cascading knowledge & experience of effective teaching strategies with my parallel teachers, exchange of best pedagogical educational trends and global issues concerning students and teachers both. Additionally, developing 21st-century skills in students especially communication, listening, collaboration, adaptability, empathy, and a lifelong love of learning is a fundamental aspect of my teaching philosophy.
Speaker 3: Hoor-E-Ain Lubna
Hello! I am Hoorain Lubna, a senior student of BSS Gulshan Middle 1. I have been a family member of Beaconhouse for 8 years. I have actively participated in many curricular and extracurricular activities. For the session 2021-2022, I have been fortunate enough to indulge in some major projects. As a Senior Student, I’ve led many projects and societies and I can safely say that the friendships and experiences that I have made throughout my time here are the ones I aim to maintain for the years to come. Overall, Gulshan Middle I has been a fantastic experience and I can definitely say that it has allowed me to meet some extraordinary people through its amazing community collaboration ventures. It helped me shape into the unique person I am and I’m overwhelmed to be a part of every opportunity!
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