The Intel Education Awards are held annually in Pakistan to celebrate and promote technology integration by teachers and schools. The awards, a collaborative effort with the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan, aim to motivate teachers and school administration to enhance implementation of technology in the classroom and develop 21st century skills amongst students.
The 2008-2009 awards were launched in October 2008 and more than 250 entries were received from teachers across the country, under three categories:
Intel Education Technology Grant – For schools who have taken concrete steps towards the integration of computer technology in the school curriculum.
Intel Education Awards for In-Service Teachers – Prizes for in-service teachers who have used technology effectively in promoting inquiry-based learning.
Intel Education Awards for Pre-Service Faculty and Student Teachers – For pre-service faculty and student teachers who demonstrate innovative integration of computer technology into the existing curriculum, while promoting higher-order thinking and collaborative learning.
In addition, a number of schools submitted case studies as evidence of their effective integration of technology.
During the awards, 22 teachers were awarded technology prizes, while one school won a technology grant of Rs. 50,000. The awards also recognize the efforts of key government and external stakeholders, as it is through their efforts and support that effective and sustained integration of technology can take place in the education system.