ICT in Education initiatives would not have gained much traction without rapid technological innovations over the past decade coupled with increasing availability and decreasing prices of equipment and services. Furthermore, the advancement made by open source movement has helped fuel the adoption of technology in education and other sectors. OLE Nepal has constantly sought to utilize best possible technology solution to successfully implement ICT-based education in under-resourced rural schools.
E-Pustakalaya School Network with Raspberry Pi
Bridging the Digital Divide
OLE Nepal helps install school network consisting of a server and a Wi-Fi router. The school server comes preloaded with E-Pustakalaya (digital library), E-Paath and numerous other learning resources, making educational materials accessible even in places that do not have Internet connectivity. Content in the server can be automatically updated by inserting an external drive with new content in the USB port.
E-Paati Room in Bajhang
Technology we use
On the hardware front, we look to use low-power, low-cost, durable equipment that is readily available and easily serviceable locally. With operating system and software applications, OLE Nepal advocates for open source solutions not only because of cost considerations, but also for ease of customization and localization, which are essential in the development and distribution of effective educational content.
We have worked in places that have electricity as well as the ones which does not, by supplying an alternative source of power through solar power installation at project schools. We also advise schools on safe electric wiring system, and help install proper protection for the equipment against voltage fluctuations and lightning strikes. We also install power backup systems to ensure that students and teachers are able to use digital resources despite irregular power supply, so that the learning does not stop when the lights go out.