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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics—STEM, and therefore, STEM education—are vital to our future—the future of our country, the future of our region and the future of our children. STEM is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences. Let’s consider how STEM effects what is closest and dearest to us—our children. STEM is their future—the technological age in which they live, their best career options, and their key to wise decisions. STEM education is found in nearly every educational institute in North America. Kids are learning engineering concepts at age 3, creating and testing scientific concepts at age 4, coding at age 5 and creating their own websites and apps at age 7. The US has made STEM education their top priority, yet we are far behind in teaching our kids the same skills. SmarTechs was created in order to bridge the knowledge gap between students in the west and the students in Pakistan.
In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM. These are the skills that we, as an educational institute, will try to develop in your child.
With a Bachelors in Finance and a CFA Charter on the way, Saira, a mother of three, upon her return from Canada was surprised to see the lack of any structured educational after school activities for kids in Pakistan. While kids in the West are exposed to cutting edge concepts in science, technology, engineering and math, our kids tend to struggle with these very subjects even at higher grades. This inspired Saira to bring STEM to Pakistan.
“It’s been an overwhelming task and at times a very difficult journey, but I just feel that kids here in Pakistan should be at par with kids in the West. I don’t see any reason why our kids should not be given the best education methods the world has to offer.’
Before setting up SmarTechs Saira pursued certified courses in teaching engineering to kids, computer science and programming. She continues to expand her knowledge base by subscribing to new subject areas.
After completing her M.B;B.S and practicing clinical medicine in Karachi and England, Selina decided to pursue her passion in teaching by developing the first ever complete ‘STEM’ curriculum in Pakistan. Her past university teaching experience and analytical as well as critical thinking skills acquired in medicine, have prepared her for executing the overwhelming task of introducing STEM to kids.
“Science and math are supremely important to any career, job or business. People who have studied them will vouch for this. And technology is a major part of our world. Children today are smart and creative. All one has to do is to push their curiosity in the right direction. I believe it’s never too early to start learning.”