“Breaking barriers with digital learning: Empowering children with visual and hearing impairments through accessible education.”
OLE Nepal recently conducted a successful 5-day teacher training program aimed at integrating digital content into the teaching-learning process at Shree Shrijana Deaf Secondary School in Kaski. The program, supported by the KDDI Foundation in Japan, was attended by 23 teachers, seven of whom had hearing impairments. The training’s objectives were to familiarize teachers with computer devices, introduce them to E-Paath with Nepali Sign Language (NSL) integration, and provide training on technology integration, classroom management, problem-solving, and finding relevant reference materials to include in lesson delivery.
The training covered various sessions, including E-Paath activities, Sanketik Sikai, E-Pustakalaya content introduction, and hands-on practice on search, browse, link, filter, and download contents from E-Pustakalaya. Participants were also introduced to networking equipment, educational software, English and Nepali typing using Microsoft Office and PowerPoint software, equipment maintenance and management, classroom management, and learning theories.
The participants provided valuable feedback, including suggestions for regular feedback, technical support, expanding NSL E-Paath to cover other subjects and grades, and correcting errors in sign language with the help of deaf reviewers. The training was a great success, and the teachers left with new knowledge and skills that will enable them to better integrate technology into their teaching practices.