Partnership with Plan International and WiSTEM in Dolpa project
March 2021 | Lalitpur
OLE Nepal is teaming up with Plan International and WiSTEM Nepal to bring quality learning experiences to the children from marginalized communities in Dolpa district through the “STEAM Ahead: Showing Talent, Equality & Ambition of Marginalised children in Karnali” project. This new partnership emerged during lockdown with the goal to address inadequate learning environments and resources, as well as harmful social and gender norms and practices that have continued to perpetuate inequality in access to quality education opportunities in the region.
OLE Nepal will work together with Plan International and other project partners to support and strengthen the local government’s institutional capacity, policy formulation, education data management, proper planning and monitoring, and technology innovation in education. OLE’s role within the expansive intervention is to develop and successfully advocate for the use of inclusive and interactive self-learning educational materials, including the integration of Nepali Sign Language in the digital materials, and establishing digital library spaces where learners can explore the resources of our education-focused digital library. The action will contribute to inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities.
OLE Nepal will set up technology infrastructure in 15 schools in the region to provide access to interactive digital learning and inclusive content. These spaces will also have E-Pustakalaya digital library servers which can be accessed without internet. Teachers from all 15 schools will be trained on digital learning pedagogy and the effective use of interactive and inclusive digital content.
The technology-related aspects of this project will be implemented by OLE Nepal and WiSTEM. The project will advocate for inclusive and gender-transformative education approaches at the provincial level. Successful models as output of the action will be shared during policy and practice dialogue sessions, and project exit workshop so that provincial authorities can be influenced for scaling up the model in other schools of Karnali province.