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Davos: 12-Year-Old Pakistani Prodigy Girl Talks About Her Online Learning

By on January 29, 2013
Blended Learning, Emerging, Foreign Expansion, Interview, K-12, Minorities, MOOCs, OER - Open Educational Resources, Personalized Learning, Required, Startups, Technology

Thomas L-2. Friedman, New York Times, speaks with Khadijah Niazi, age 12 of Pakistan Victor Pinchuk Foundation C 2013. Photographed by Sergey Illin

Khadijah Niazi of Lahore, Pakistan, is an inspirational example of how online education is revolutionizing learning. She was only 10 years old when she first took the Artificial Intelligence online course on Udacity. She managed to finish the course and, the following year, Khadijah completed Udacity’s Physics course with highest distinction, being the youngest ever girl to complete it.

Now, Khadijah is 12-years old, and earlier this month she sat next to Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Summers of Harvard, Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times, and other panelists at the Victor Pinchuk Foundation’s 6th Philanthropic Roundtable, which took place at Davos in conjunction with the World Economic Forum. The discussion aims to show how MOOCs are finding their way to young prodigies around the world and how they are potentially changing the game in educational access.

“I think that MOOCs may allow peace in the world,” she says at one point during the video. Here’s the entire discussion:



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6th Davos Philanthropic Roundtable | Alphachimp University
Jan 31, 2013

[...] via wiredacademic.com [...]

EdTech in the Third World: Distance Learning - Online Universities.com
Mar 25, 2013

[...] on to the great value in these educational resources, including young female learners in Pakistan. Khadija Niazi of Pakistan uses Udacity to explore her potential as a physicist. The 12-year-old Niazi’s [...]

Davos Debrief: In Resilience We Trust | Uber Patrol - The Definitive Cool Guide
May 6, 2013

[...] and “objects of culture.” There was also a wonderfully optimistic session on the future of online education that impressed on the audience that we are indeed witnessing a revolution – the impetus is [...]

Why MOOCS Might Be Just Right for Schools | University of Pittsburgh Coursera Users
May 22, 2014

[…] in Davos the star was not Bill Gates of Microsoft or Larry Summers of Harvard, but 12-year-old Khadijah Niazi of Lahore, Pakistan, who captivated the audience by talking about a trend that could revolutionize […]

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