KARACHI - And so they have ventured way ahead of their competitors, Intel has entered Badin. Badin is a district in Sindh province of Pakistan is one such area where only few schools have access to technology. Implementing progressive methods of teaching was next to impossible. It is at this critical time that Intel(r) Education Initiative took the step and entered an area where illiteracy is sky-rocketing. Dewan Farooq Memorial High School welcomed the Intel(r) Education team to train their teachers in the Essentials Course (EC). They were successful in developing a batch of master trainers from all schools nearby. The school saw a drastic change in teaching methods, which was reflected not only in the attitudes and perceptions of the teachers but also the students'. Collaborative and dynamic learning is now the main focus in the school. Hamza, a student of class 7 is the son of a local labourer says, "Teachers...use technology to make our classrooms more fun places to learn". Prior to this, the school focused on traditional forms of teaching restricting students to only the textbooks and traditional forms of homework. Now things are very different, "being a student I am expected to present class assignments in front of my classmates...for various subjects including Mathematics, English and Arts. This helps me learn quicker and in a more enjoyable manner," says Hamza. Collaborative and dynamic learning is now the main focus in the school. The teachers too feel better equipped and confident in the classrooms. They now feel they are better able to include real-life examples in their teaching. "We can manage our time better as lots of activities that we used to do manually, have become much quicker when we do them through computer" says Aisha, a primary class teacher. The principal Mrs. Ghazala Anwar says, "...it (the EC) has showed me how to implement everything that I learnt, with students in the classroom to create an environment of inquiry based learning." The trainings have not just helped the school but have also had a widespread impact on the community. "Now I use computers in other aspects of my life, for e.g. I use them to complete assignments, answer questions that my family raises at home, stay abreast with the rest of the world by reading the news online - all of these things I did not know how to do before. I am also helping my brother, sister and friends in my locality, by teaching them what I read or learn from the internet," says Hamza. Two important events marked the success of this program in the surrounding areas. Firstly, Rubina Jahangir organised her students of class III to develop sundials with the help of various research techniques. Once developed, the students not only took their handy-work home, but also presented the sundials to the inhabitants of the village of Nagar Parker. The villagers, who could not afford watches and clocks, and were unable to read time, were very grateful for the useful gift of the sundial. The Intel(r) Education Initiative has transformed the lives of not only the teachers and the students, but has also brought about positive changes in the surrounding community and area. Where facilities and resources were almost negligible, now sees a new ray of hope where children feel at par with their urban counterparts. "We want to promote our school as a place where students' dreams are transformed into reality...and Intel(r) Education has been instrumental in doing so," said Ghazala Anwar.