"We have to Believe in Co-Existance to Survive on the Planet: DG Equip Pakistan
The Director General of EQUIP-Pakistan Abdul Wahid Mir has said that humankind will have to accept co-existence to live with nature, adding that COVID-19 has taught us many lessons in terms of nature and its prevalence. He was addressing the closing ceremony of the Virtual Convention on Students Quality Circles held at Modernage on Saturday.
Mr. Mir further said that after the outbreak of Coronavirus, everyone realized the fact that human beings are one body as the entire world was suffering from the pandemic. He was of the view that man would have to co-exist with nature to survive on the planet.
" What Will happen if you kill all the honey bees of the world? ultimately, the eco-system will be disrupted and there will be no life on Earth after three years " he explained.
The DG EQUIP-Pakistan called for collaborative efforts to Cope with the challenges posed by COVID-19. He said that it was the religious duty of every Muslim to attain excellence in life. The Director General appreciated the students for actively participating in the convention, saying that their presentations were marvelous. He thanked all the participants for their exceptional contribution to promoting quality education.
"Eductionists Pledge to Adopt Quality Practices to Face the Challenges of Future
The 12th National Convention on Students Quality Circles was held at Modernage with a pledge to face the challenges of future by adopting quality practices like SQCs. The event was titled “First Virtual Convention on Students Quality Circles’ as it was held online in the wake of preventive measures against COVID-19. In view of the SOPs, the participating schools competed in three streams i.e. 60-sec Film Making, Paper Presentation and Poster & Slogan. The convention was inaugurated by Dr. Ajmad Hassan of COMSATS Abbottabad along with Director General EQUIP-Pakistan Abdul Wahid Mir, Sumeera Wahid [Executive Director], Fayyaz Ahmad [Regional Director] and other dignitaries.
Earlier, the Regional Director Fayyaz Ahmad gave a welcome address to the audience. He briefly discussed the role of EQUIP-Pakistan in the uplift of education and enlightened the impact of previous conventions on nurturing creativity and innovation in the schools.
The keynote speakers included Roland K. Jahnke [President of Global Sustainable Excellence Concepts-Germany], Shams Faiz [Chairman Robotmea Pakistan] and Syed Burhan Ali [National Executive of Robotmea]. Mr. Jahnke’s address focused on the growing role of EQUIP-Pakistan in the education sector in terms of the new sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. He expressed his thoughts in the form of a brief documentary and shared his experience with the audience. It is noteworthy to mention here that Roland K. Jahnke has attended quite a few conventions in Pakistan which were jointly organized by EQUIP-Pakistan and Modernage.
Meanwhile, Mr. Shams Faiz spoke about the emerging technology trends and underlined the need to redefine the purpose of education by working together for student empowerment. Another keynote speaker Mr. Syed Burhan Ali also addressed the convention via video link. He stressed that as a nation, Pakistan would have to make a right approach towards achieving its future goals.
In his speech, the Chief Guest Dr. Amjad Hassan laid emphasis on bringing quality in education by developing analytical skills of the students. He was of the view that without critical thinking, students could not play a leading role in the society. Dr. Amjad congratulated Modernage on taking the initiative to hold a virtual convention despite the outbreak of pandemic.
The Director General of EQUIP-Pakistan Abdul Wahid Mir, while giving the concluding remarks, said “COVID-19 has taught us a lesson of co-existence. We have to accept the fact that nature has to play its role and we have to live with it. Mr. Mir lauded each and every participant, including the members of organizing committee for making the event a success in an unprecedented situation.
The convention ended with distribution of prizes and souvenirs among students and dignitaries.
"Apart yet Connected"
Virtual Convention of Students Quality Circles
In the wake of preventive measures being taken to curb COVID-19, the 12th Virtual National Convention on Students Quality Circles will be held on Sat. 7th November, 2020. The convention will feature only three streams.
According to SQC Coordinator, the streams included in convention are 60-sec Film Making, Paper Presentations and Collaborative Poster Making Competition.The DG EQUIP-Pakistan Abdul Wahid Mir expressed hope that online convention will encourage digital interaction of professionals for promoting quality education.
The 12th National Convention on 'Students Quality Circles' will be held online due the massive outbreak of Coronavirus across the world. The format of the mega event will be set according to the agenda discussed by the members of the Executive Body of EQUIP-Pakistan during an online meeting held a few days ago. The convention was already scheduled to be held at Madernage College Abbottabad in the midst of November. The participants of the online meeting included Abdul Wahid Mir (DG EQUIP-Pakistan), Sumeera Wahid (Executive Director), Fayyaz Ahmad (Regional Director), Dr. Aamir Sohail, Dr. Jamil Anwar, Umar Gul Khan, Shabana Ashraf, Prof. Rustam Ali, Muneeza Mir and Ghulam Mujtaba (SQC Co-ordinator).
During the meeting, members of the Executive Body were asked to give their suggestions on holding the 12th National Convention in the current scenario. Many of them agreed upon organizing an online event owing to the pandemic. They suggested to present recorded stuff instead of focusing on limited material for diffrent streams. It was unanimously decided that convention would not be cancelled, rather the pandemic would be taken as an opportunity to engage the students, teachers and educationists online.
In his concluding remarks, the Director General of EQUIP-Pakistan Abdul Wahid Mir said that schools were likely to open in August, adding that the first challenge for the educationists would be completing the syllabus in a short duration.
" It looks like that academics will be our top most priority once the schools have reopened. We'll not be able to go for co-curricular activities because of the shortage of time" he stated.
The DG EQUIP-Pakistan called for sincere effors to facilitate the online activities in terms of promoting quality education. He appreciated the participants of the meeting for being part of the SQC movement despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.
Educationists from Five Countries to Attend 10th National Convention
The 10th National Convention on Students Quality Circles will be held on 2nd and 3rd November, 2018
at Modernage Girls College Abbottabad. Around 60 schools and institutions are expected to participate
in the two-day event, being organized by EQUIP-Pakistan in collaboration with Modernage. More than 1000 students
will showcase their skills in Case Study Presentation, Collaborative Collage, Debate, Radio Jockeying, 60-sec
Film Making, Paper Presentation, Quiz Competition and Game Development. Meanwhile, a large number of educationists,
teachers, principals, scholars and artists, including distinguished speakers from Thailand, Germany, Malaysia, China
and Jordon, will also attend the inaugurating ceremony. In this regard, various committees have been formed for the
smooth functioning of the event.
Registration underway for 10th National Convention
The registration process for 10th National Convention on Students Quality Circles will end on 20th October, 2018.
Following the schedule, invitations have been sent to a number of schools in Hazara Division, Punjab and Sindh.
Those, who are willing to take part in the competitions, are requested to download the registration form by visiting
www.equippakistan.org . Here, they can click on ‘Convention’ at the menu bar to receive the registration form, posters,
brochures and schedule of the convention.
Regional Convention Date Extended
The date of Regional Convention on Students Quality Circles, scheduled to be held in September, 2018
at Mansehra Public School, has been extended to March, 2019. According to Mr. Ghulam Mujtaba, SQC Coordinator,
the date was changed during Executive Body meeting amid summer vacations. He told media that since the students
were at home, they couldn’t prepare well for the convention as the procedure is formally done under the guidance
of SQC Facilitators at schools. Further details of the convention can be acquired from Mr. Fayyaz Ahmad, Regional
Director KP Chapter, at Jinnah Basic School & College, Mansehra.
Workshop for SQC Facilitators
A one-day workshop for SQC Facilitators will be held at Modernage College on 1st September, 2018.
The interested teachers may contact SQC Coordinator at Modernage Boys Campus.
The main purpose of this workshop is to impart training to the teachers who
work as SQC facilitators at their respective institutions.