Founder & Director
Salman Asif Siddiqui is the founder and director of Educational Resource Development Centre (ERDC) – an institute of training and material development in Pakistan. Salman is a staunch critic of contemporary education system and an articulate advocate of natural learning. Salman has a dream to turn every school (and home) into a learning club where children could be trusted, owned and accepted unconditionally. One of his many academic contribution is the Charter of Children’s Recognition which has been proposed to ensure insult-free education for every child.
Salman has received his education in Pakistan and specialized in Educational Psychology. He has travelled widely and studied the strengths and limitations of some of the best education systems of the world. His academic pursuits spread across psychology, education, sociology, religion, philosophy, literature, and science. During his extensive experience of over 25 years in the field of education, he has served the roles of a teacher, trainer, counselor, author and editor.
Salman Asif Siddiqui has over forty children’s books and teachers’ courses to his credit as author or editor. His books for children are taught in schools in Pakistan and abroad. He has conducted hundreds of training workshops for teachers, trainers, school heads, parents and students all over the country in association with several public and private institutions. He has spoken to educational forums in Pakistan, Europe and Middle East and worked for a number of leading national and international organizations. He has been invited by leading TV channels to talk on education and parenting. He has also received the Award for Professional Excellence from government of Pakistan.
Based on his extensive and rich experience of working with parents, teachers and children Salman has proposed a framework for holistic parenting which is consistent with our context and value system. His research work and ideas on parenting are being compiled in the form of a book ‘Five Dimensions of Holistic Parenting’.
Salman Asif Siddiqui during his professional career has trained and developed a highly competent and dynamic team of master trainers, counselors and writers who work under his leadership at ERDC. He also initiated MBA Education Leadership Program at PAF-KIET University (in collaboration with ERDC) Karachi, and has been the Head of MBA Education Leadership Program for eight years. He has also established an academic forum Hulqa-e-ghour-o-fikir which facilitates dialogical reasoning on tarbiya issues.
Salman Siddiqui is married, and a father of three homeschoolers – two daughters and one son. He can be reached at email@example.com
Project Manager | Academic Consultant
Kanwal Laeeq is Project Manager at ERDC and serves the roles of material developer, trainer and academic consultant. She began her career in education about 17 years back as a school teacher. During her vast experience in the field of education she has done several consultancy and research assignments and training workshops. Kanwal is the author of over twenty books including a series of Science books published by Sindh Textbook Board and a series of teacher resource books. She has trained faculty of education colleges as master trainers for BBSYDP (Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Program) an initiative of Education Department Govt. of Sindh, conducted workshops for Oxford University Press, US-AID, Paramount Publishing Enterprise and presented in international conferences. Besides her Masters in Zoology from University of Karachi and Master Teachers’ Course from TDC, she has done MBA in Educational Leadership from PAF-KIET.She has also attended several national and international conferences and training courses.
Project Manager | Author
Zubair Hussain Shaikh is the author of presidential award winning series Mera Iqbal and co-author of a number of books for children. He is known for his innovative teaching methods and strategies for teaching language. He has an extensive experience of conducting teacher-training programs in urban and rural areas of Pakistan on a wide range of topics related to pedagogy and academic leadership. Zubair has worked on different projects of book development, training, and evaluation with Sindh Textbook Board, Aga Khan Education Service Pakistan, Iqbal Academy Pakistan, The Citizen’s Foundation, Developments in Literacy, Indus Resource Centre, and Thardeep Rural Development Program. He holds a masters degree in Literature and has done B. Ed. from University of Karachi. With his rich experience spread over 17 years in the field of education, he works at ERDC as Project Manager.
Trainer | Counselor
Ayesha Salman conducts workshops and counseling sessions for parents at ERDC. She has written a book for preschoolers and co-authored a series of science text books for primary school children. She holds a masters degree in Botany from the University of Karachi and an MBA in Education Leadership from PAF-KIET. She has also attended an online course from Stanford University on Child Nutrition. Ayesha has conducted a research project on how children become writers. She is a story-writer and also conducts workshops on Storytelling. Her immense interest in exploring children’s potentials has led her to initiate a project of home-schooling her three children.
Head of Strategic Development
Hassan Siddiqi is a graduate of Parents’ & Teachers’ Certificate Course with his major in Teaching of Maths. He has been associated with the field of Information Technology for the past 15 years since he earned his BS degree in Computer Science. He remained involved in software development, business process reengineering and project management of several mission critical IT projects in private & government sectors both nationally and internationally. He works as Head of Strategic Development in ERDC.
Sumera Karim works at ERDC as Manager Training. She is a graduate of ERDC’s Parents’ & Teachers’ Certificate Course with her major in Early Childhood Education. She has also done B.Ed from Hamdard University. Her experience in the field of education spreads over ten years. Sumera has attended numerous training workshops and courses at various forums including NTC-Novice Teachers’ Course from Teachers Development Centre and Lifelong Learning Program (an online course) of Community Initiative Program UK. She also serves as a volunteer at a community based Religious Education Centre (REC) since her student life.
Faiza Farooqui is a graduate of ERDCs Parents’ & Teachers’ Certificate Course with her major in Teaching of Maths. She has done her bachelors from the University of Punjab. She has an experience of eleven years in the field of education. Faiza is currently associated with ERDC as Project Manager for the development of TCF Maths textbooks and teacher resource books.
Marketing Expert & Coach | Trainer
Talha Asif Siddiqui is a trade marketing expert, trainer and coach. In the last 18 years, he has worked with local and international organisations in rural and urban geographies of Pakistan to develop teams and drive process improvement to achieve desired results. He lives in Karachi with his wife and 3 home schooler kids.
Humaira Salman is a recognized Master Trainer at ERDC and TRC & CEO of Learners’ Resource Galaxy. She is a graduate of ERDC’s Parents’ & Teachers’ Certificate Course with her major in Teaching of Science. She holds a Masters degree in Zoology from the University of Karachi and has also attended several national and international programs on education. She began her career in education about 23 years back as a school teacher and has a vast experience of teaching different subjects both at primary and secondary levels. Humaira has also worked as a co-author in the development of Hamari Dilkash Dunya and Amli Riazi series of textbooks and teacher resource books at ERDC. She also worked with ERDC as a co-author for a series of Science textbooks and teacher guides for TCF Schools and served as a consultant for O’ Level Program at L2L Academy. She is currently associated with The Elixir School as English & Biology teacher.
Project Manager | Trainer
Rooh Ullah Khan is an M.A in Islamic Studies and also holds a degree of M.Ed in Secondary Teaching. He is a trainer and course coordinator at ERDC. He has completed his Professional Teacher’s Certificate Course from ERDC with his major in English Language Teaching. He also worked in the project of Humari Dilkash Dunya, (social studies book) for The Citizen Foundation. He has vast experience of 19 years in the field of education and has served the role of a teacher, coordinator, vice principal & principal. He has also attended several courses from ERDC, ERI, TDC, British council, Dawa Academy, Quran Academy & FEEL. During his vast experience of teaching, he has conducted several workshops and lectures on different platforms. His areas of interest are Seerah, Islamic History, Child Psychology, Pakistan Studies and Tarbiyah.
Tahir Javed is an educational consultant with strong background in educational management, school leadership, teacher development, assessment, and language teaching. His previous professional engagements in Education have been as follows: Program Manager (2010-14) at SIE-iEARN, managing the English Access Program serving 1,900+ students in underprivileged areas of Karachi, Hyderabad and Rawalpindi; Director (2001-2010) of Al-Murtaza School and Al- Murtaza Professional Development Center; worked (1993-2001) with Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan and AKU-IED. He got his M.A. Education from Concordia University, Montreal.
Playwright | Poet
Manzar Imam is one of the famous playwright, poet and a story writers Pakistan has ever produced. His write-ups were published in one of the leading magazines of Pakistan and India. Eid Train, Yes Sir No Sir, Pas-e-Aina, Hanstay Hanstay and Tanha Tanha are some of his famous plays broadcasted by Pakistan Television. He has also been awarded a special award from UNESCO on his famous drama series “Waqt ka Aasman”.
Huma Khan has done Masters in Geography from Karachi University. She has taught at reputed schools and held management position at different schools for over a decade. She has worked as an administrator for 5 years in Farabi School (A Project of ZSM Trust, Canada). She represented the Canadian Trust here in Pakistan and led their school project. She has also worked as Co-author in the development of science and social studies series of text books and teachers’ resource books for TCF schools at ERDC. She is a graduate of ERDC’s Parents’ & Teachers’ Certificate Course with her major in Early Childhood Education. Currently she’s working as Academic coordinator in a reputed school in Karachi.
Syed Sahal is a passionate learner of life. He is a qualified Industrial & Manufacturing Engineer from NEDUET and an enthusiastic school teacher by choice. He has graduated from the 43rd Batch of Parents’ and Teachers’ Certificate with Holistic Parenting as major. With particular interest in Science and Maths, he has taught in the early years of his professional life and is now associated with ERDC as a mentor. Being an optimistic human by nature and an engineer by degree, he believes in working on solutions. He believes in life-long learning and that the knowledge increases by sharing, that is why he never leaves any opportunity to learn and share ideas and experiences.
Noshi Usman is a graduate of ERDC’s Parents’ & Teachers’ Certificate Course with her major in English Language Teaching. She is course mentor of PTCC. She started her teaching career in 1995 from Rawalpindi Grammar School. Since then she has taught Mathematics, English and Economics at Secondary and Higher Secondary levels in some of renowned Schools of Pakistan. She has worked as the Head Mistress Senior School, Reflections in its initial years. She has been a member of ERDC team developing Mathematics texts books in Urdu, a project of Citizens Foundation, Pakistan. She also got the opportunity for authoring a course work of Mathematics for class 1 till 5 for Fidem Publications. As a pre requisite of textbooks project she had a chance to read through the policy documents of the Federal Government of Pakistan and Cambridge University, regarding curriculum planning and implementation.
Shariq Askari is a graduate of Professional Teachers’ Certificate Course. He has also done MBA in HR and has remained associated with the field of education for many year serving in academics as well as administration. He works at ERDC as Manager Administration.
Hamza Shoaib is passionate learner and carries varied experience in administration with multi-national companies. He is part of ERDC’s administration team and works as Admin Executive handling front desk and operations.
Umer Sher is a graduate of Professional Teachers’ Certificate Course. His passion for personal development and trying out new ideas earned him valuable experience in multiple fields and businesses. He is part of ERDC’s administration team and works as Office Executive handling front desk and operations.