The Education Enrichment Foundation (EduEnrich), licensed under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984 by the Securities and Exchange Commission Pakistan in December 2011, is a not-for-profit organization run by a team of dedicated and committed professionals who are passionate about creating and maturing innovative solutions for local problems. The foundation is focused on enhancing the standard of living and global employability for young Pakistanis via a high-quality, industry-driven, globally and locally relevant education.
EduEnrich is driven by the urgent need to address the lack of attention towards science and technology, an absence of structured career guidance, poorly trained graduates and rising unemployment.
EduEnrich’s solution is providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, with a strong entrepreneurship and business administration component, that is professionally applicable. It hopes to develop a culture of curiosity and creativity by inculcating an interest in the humanities and social sciences. EduEnrich is committed to education, entrepreneurship, ethics, industry and innovation. In summer 2011, one of the EduEnrich founders established a Robotics Lab in an attempt to kindle a passion for science in children between the ages of 6 to 18 years. KITE, EduEnrich’s flagship institution, hosts a LEGO competition for the Robotics Lab every year.
EduEnrich believes that intervention at all levels of society are required to ensure that young people are given stimulus, engagement, guidance and employment to stay out of negative activities, and to direct their energies towards productive and income generating possibilities.
The EduEnrich model is focused on successful education-industry integrated models present in nearly-developed economies such as Malaysia and aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry in Pakistan. These models have successfully developed institutes that educate their youth and have established track records in providing employment opportunities that cater to the demands of global and local industries, while confidently following a moral code with national loyalty. At the same time, they are only a few years more advanced than Pakistan.
The Founders of EduEnrich are expatriates and residents of Karachi, which is the most populous city in Pakistan and has the highest proportion of young people in the country. Having assessed the dismal state of affairs of Pakistani youth juxtaposed with the Founders’ personal successes, they decided to give back to the city where they were born and raised. All Founders harbor a firm belief that each individual must contribute to improve the society around them.
EduEnrich’s Board of Governors has extensive business acumen, professional expertise and experience in education delivery and management. These individuals determine our investment and fundraising policies and approve our annual budget.
EduEnrich receives its funding from various donors. Resources are raised through personal solicitation and fundraising events. Pakistani expatriates are strong supporters of The Education Enrichment Foundation.
At present, EduEnrich is pursuing the following projects:
Karachi Institute of Technology & Entrepreneurship (KITE)
Karachi Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship (KITE) is EduEnrich’s flagship initiative. Its raison d’etre: in the current era, technology and entrepreneurship are both prerequisites to achieving economic success and development. KITE is being developed as an iconic undergraduate institution that is industry-led, to impart high-quality education that instills entrepreneurial and ethical values within a tech-savvy youth. KITE is also developing a Liberal Arts core curriculum where the students will be taught courses in English, Urdu, Pakistani History, Islamic Science and Philosophy and Logic. Our graduates will be well-rounded individuals, equipped to capitalize on the latest social, economic and technological prospects available in the global context.
In 2013, KITE launched two degree programs, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. Bachelors in Design, Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering & Bachelors of Architecture programs were launched in 2015.
KITE’s larger ecosystem comprises:
- Faculties & Academics
- Professional Development Centre
- Technology Incubation Centre
- Hackers’ Hostel
The KITE method:
- Challenge the status-quo
- Investigate holistic education approaches
- Ensure local and global industry relevance
- Emphasize project-based learning
- Nurture a “can-do” entrepreneurial mindset
- Graduate highly employable professionals & leaders
KITE aspires to play a major role in:
- Creating an eco-system of education, innovation and entrepreneurship
- Developing a critical mass of educated professionals who can lead Pakistan’s future development
- Focusing on holistic education
- Becoming a fully integrated University
- Emphasizing on industry-informed curriculum, practical know-how and academic rigor
- Meeting the target of student strength (peak operations) at city campus: 1000.