Seminars at NIP
Teach for Pakistan, a non-profit company, held an information session at National Institute of Psychology on March 6, 2018. Teach for Pakistan was established in 2010. They recruit and train graduates who then go on to do the two-year Fellowship to teach in low-income schools that lack quality teachers. They are adamant on solving the dire education crisis in Pakistan where almost half the children drop out before even completing primary-level education, and some do not even enroll. Ms. Zahra (Head of Development in Communication), Mr. Zain (Leadership and Training team), and Ms. Rahat (Recruitment team) lead an interaction session informing the student audience regarding their company, Fellowship program, their experiences with children, and the positive impact they’ve had on the lives of those children. They also talked about their Alumni who came from different educational backgrounds and went on to excel in different occupational fields.
On April 2, two representatives from Aston University, Birmingham, UK visited NIP. Thomas Austin (Regional Manager) and Muhammad Ali (Business Development) provided an orientation session on collaboration and research opportunities for students. Aston University, which is the 2nd leading university in UK, in the city of Birmingham, which has the highest quality of living outside London, has 80000 students. They have received accreditation from The British Psychological Society as Stage 1 Professional Training. The session was focused on their MSc Health psychology program which is available on campus, and online as well. This program is one of the only two distance-learning courses accredited by The British Psychological Society. They also provide £3500-5000 pounds to students per course. They also informed that other private scholarships are also available and students can seek any information and guidance from them.
In continuation of Autism Awareness, a seminar was conducted at National Institute of Psychology regarding Autism. Ms. Fatima Sarwar (Coordinator, Autism Resource Centre) shared her experiences of working with children having autism. She highlighted the core symptoms of Autism and shared that it is unique in a sense that every child exhibits different symptoms. She has been working with these children since last two years. She introduced the technique of applied behavioral analysis. It has been considered as the most effective technique of working with children having autism. She highlighted the fact that it is important to involve family and teachers for effective intervention.
Autism Resource Centre, is one of the few services available for children having autism in twin cities. It focuses on exclusive education and development of individualized education plans to deal effectively with the problems exhibited by these children. She concluded that though working with these children is challenging but it is important to intervene as early as possible. Early intervention is crucial for better management of problem.
Reported by: Ms. Saira Khan