Last week, Mr Mark Simpson, Business Development Manager with the Linguaphone Group was delighted to visit Pingu’s English Pakistan for a busy week of speeches, teacher training and a tour of all seven Pingu’s English campuses in Karachi.
Pingu’s English Parents’ Education Summit
The inaugural Parents’ Education Summit 2019 was held in Karachi during Mr Simpson’s visit, and hosted by Mr Muhammad Kashif Memon, Pingu’s English Master Licensee for Pakistan. The Summit connected parents and teachers alike, engaging and enriching parents’ knowledge and understanding of a child’s learning development. Mr. Simpson delivered a successful keynote speech demonstrating how the key principle of developing a child’s confidence through play, underpins everything that the Pingu’s English International Kindergarten curriculum embodies.
Key points Mr Simpson highlighted during his speech included: –
* Play is critical to the development of a child’s self-confidence. The proud feeling of achievement that a three-year-old gets from something as simple as moving one step further up the climbing frame gives him great pleasure and a sense of self-satisfaction.
* While a child’s enthusiasm for play stems from pleasure rather than an interest in boosting his self-confidence, the two are intertwined.
* Small children learn through play. From their earliest days, each child grows in confidence by mastering new abilities through play. Every day, teachers at our Pingu’s English Schools around the world are lucky enough to see all the discoveries and breakthroughs Pingu’s English students are making.
* This child-centred approach works extremely well for pre-primary children. This style of learning involves putting the child at the centre of their learning. Our teachers are positively facilitating learning instead of showing a child what to do.
* Our room layouts encourage easy and unrestricted flow between different activity areas. By encouraging children to explore different activities – both inside and outside – we facilitate that child to develop a wide range of skills, dependent on their interests and motivation.
* At Pingu’s English international kindergartens, we encourage a child’s natural curiosity. By allowing a child to move freely around a setting, children can engage in the activities that interest them most. And when children can make their own decisions and choices, against strong learning outcomes, this can boost their self-esteem and confidence too.
Pingu’s English’s success across Pakistan
The Pingu’s English Pakistan team introduced the globally popular Pingu’s English international kindergarten program to the market in 2017. Since then they have experienced impressive growth, and now run seven campuses across Karachi, with more to open nationwide in the year ahead.
During his visit, Mr. Simpson visited each of these campuses to show his appreciation to the principals and their staff. He also made time to undertake teacher training.
“It’s been a great week for me since I arrived in Karachi, visiting all seven of Pingu’s English Pakistan’s campuses. I’ve seen some amazing things. Most importantly I’ve witnessed hundreds of really happy children in each campus, all who are thoroughly enjoying their kindergarten experience. I’ve also seen children learning robotics, mind math, and even Chinese and Spanish. I was delighted to speak at the Parents’ Education Summit too and was struck by how engaged the parents were to work with Pingu’s English to help support their children’s future.
“And I thoroughly enjoyed the teacher training I undertook while I’ve been here too. What an amazing bunch of teachers too, continually interested in improving themselves to provide the best for their students.
“Lastly, I would like to thank my wonderful hosts here from Pingu’s English Pakistan, and indeed Pakistan itself for such a wonderful warm welcome here in Karachi – I really enjoyed myself!”
Pingu’s English International Kindergarten curriculum
The three-year full-time curriculum from Pingu’s English was influenced by the very best early years methodologies out there – from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) from the UK, to Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Singapore Nurture Learners and Forest School theories of learning. This has been combined with the newest research and trends into early years development, working in collaboration with Kingston University London, specialists in early years education and teacher training.
The core aims of the curriculum are to prepare children to start formal schooling and to develop early bilingualism in English; essential skills for success in education and life. Parents who enrol their child in a Pingu’s English kindergarten will develop fundamental creative and learning skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding in English, alongside academic skills such as maths, and broader skills such as teamwork and communication to prepare them for formal education. As well as English, Pingu’s English’s full and varied curriculum also includes maths, art, literacy and STEM. They’ll also develop skills in storytelling, role play, as well as building critical confidence and social skills too.
This successful visit comes on the back of the Pingu’s English Pakistan team recently winning the prestigious ‘Best School’ award at the 14th Consumers Choice Awards in Karachi, a recognition of their commitment to first-class education provision and customer service across their network.
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