Offline digital library in 59 municipalities in Sudurpaschim and Karnali provinces
In 2021, OLE Nepal is expanding the work of providing free and open access to the digital library resources in Sudurpaschim and Karnali provinces in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP). This initiative plans to equip 59 municipalities in the region with offline digital library servers, and also focuses on capacity building through hands-on training, orientation and dissemination of E-Pustakalaya content and its use and benefits.
Our team has completed the installation of E-Pustakalaya offline digital library servers in 37 Municipality and Rural Municipality offices of 4 districts in Sudurpaschim province. All local level offices in Bajhang (12), Bajura (7). Darchula (9), and Doti (9), now have access to the offline version of our education-focused digital library’s collection of books, videos, audiobooks, interactive teaching-learning materials. Elected representatives, officials of the education unit, IT officers, teachers, all have attended the orientation sessions and shown interest in the possibility of expanding the digital library program to schools in their communities. Each location was also provided with an E-Pustakalaya manual that contains basic information on how to use digital resources available in servers, and basic troubleshooting techniques on servers and routers.
With the installation of the offline digital library servers at all our laptop program schools and 59 new local levels, students, teachers and the community will have access to our collection of digital learning resources, including thousands of books, audiobooks, educational videos and more. There will be no recurring subscription costs or internet requirement to access this content after the installation is complete.
Our team has planned to complete the installation and orientation of offline E-Pustakalaya in 22 new local level offices of Karnali Province in the next two months.