OLE Nepal at the Innovation in Education Fair
August 2016 | Kathmandu
OLE Nepal participated in the US Embassy’s Book Bus’ Innovation in Education Fair, which was held from August 5 to 7, 2016 at Tangalwood, Gahanapokhari, Gairidhara. The Fair was jointly organized by Quixote’s Cove, Srijanalaya and Karkhana, and supported by the US Embassy and the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU). The three-day event featured eleven different organizations which have been working towards making learning more effective for students through innovative and creative approaches to delivering quality education. It was a free and open event and the invitees included school principals, teachers, administrators, students, and parents.
The main purpose of the fair was to provide an opportunity for Kathmandu-based schools’ principals, administrators and teachers to get a hands-on experience of various innovative educational techniques that the organizations had to offer, and to encourage them to introduce these methods to their students. The fair also aimed to inspire different organizations, working in the same field, to connect and collaborate their efforts to change the traditional lecture based teaching with a more innovative pedagogical approach.
During the first two days of the fair, August 5 and 6, there were exhibitions and several sessions featuring workshops, screenings and performances. OLE Nepal had set up an E-Paath and E-Pustakalaya space at the fair. The setup featured desktops powered by Raspberry Pi 3 computers and our off-line server through which we were able to demo our main products (E-Paath and E-Pustakalaya).
OLE Nepal team delivered a presentation on the second day of the fair. From the OLE Nepal team, Dovan Rai, Deepa Thapa, Bikram Dhoju, and Kabindra Manandhar collectively made a presentation to the attending principals, teachers and school administrators. Miss Rai talked about how, despite the constraints, we are working to make quality education accessible. Miss Thapa highlighted the holistic approach our trainers take when they train teachers to integrate ICT in their teaching-learning process. Mr. Dhoju briefed the audience about the technology we use to deliver our products and Mr. Manandhar concluded the presentation with a brief about his personal experience as a teacher using our products, before joining OLE Nepal. All of them spoke widely about our products and what we do (E-Paath, E-Pustakalaya, Teacher Training and Technology Infrastructure).
The presenters received positive feedback from all of the attendees and visitors at our exhibit. On the third and final day, August 7, the exhibits continued till mid-day, followed by a symposium. Other organizations present at the fair included the US Embassy’s Book Bus and Book Tuk, Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, WCN’s Nepal Prakriti Paathshala, KU Center for Arts and Design, Nepal Picture Library, Women Leaders in Technology and Word Warriors Nepal.