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In-school Training for 15 program schools in Baitadi

December 2016 | Baitadi

In-school training is the second stage of OLE Nepal’s three-stage training program designed to prepare teachers to develop the skills needed to integrate technology and digital learning materials in their daily classroom plans. From a trainer’s perspective, the in-school training is the most important and interesting part of the program. By the time our training team heads out to each school for the in-school training, all teachers will have practiced and prepared their integrated lesson plans and conducted quite a number of laptop integrated classes. The trainers observe at least 1 class of all the teachers who attended the initial training. The trainers review the implementation practices of the teachers in the laptop integrated teaching methodologies.

The teachers have the opportunity to get feedback from the trainers on the work. One of the reasons we allow teachers to practice teaching using laptops before in-school training, is to help them build a comfort level with the E-Paati and also personalise the teaching methodology. In-school training is also the time when our team gets to observe the students using the laptops. The results are anything but ordinary. Most of the students are already mastering the devices and some even know what comes next. When we asked if the students has used laptops outside of schools before the laptops program, the teachers tell us that this is the first time that they have used electronic devices.

Between December 5 and 25, 2016, OLE Nepal’s trainers visited all of the 15 schools in Baitadi to conduct in-school training, after informing the Baitadi District Education Office in Gothalapani. The training was completed by 2 teams, with one team visiting 9 schools and the other team visiting 6. Altogether 67 teachers ( 39 females and 28 male) who were the part of basic training conducted in September, were required to demonstrate the E-Paati integrated lesson delivery in the classroom while trainers from OLE Nepal observed the classes and provided feedback and suggestions at the end of each class. Most of the teachers were integrating E-Paati into their classroom successfully.

During the visit, the team also checked the status of E-Paati, E-Pustakalaya server, school network and provided technical support depending upon the need of school. After the training, the team also conducted community interaction meetings in all the schools. Members of the  School Management Committee (SMC), Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and students’ parents participated in the meetings. The team discussed the roles and responsibilities of the community members  for the effective implementation of the program. The team found that all of the schools had created maintenance fund and started to increase the fund for the upkeep of equipments at the school.

You can also read about Indra Pokharel, a school teacher at Saraswati Primary School in Baitadi, in a blogpost by Kalpana Rimal and Anjana Shrestha. Also, check out our Photo Story — School life in Baitadi, by Shishir Pandey and Anjana Shrestha

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Revisiting program schools in Solukhumbu


Refresher training and technical support to Phaplu Community School

December 2016 | Solukhumbu

E-Paati laptop-based learning program was launched at Phaplu Community School in October 2010 with 65 laptops targeting students in grades 2, 3, and 4, and a 7-day training for all teachers. In June 2011, additional 40 laptops were added to the school, followed by another 7-day training to teachers, followed by a 3-day in-school training was conducted in December 2011. Technical support and monitoring visit by OLE Nepal team was also done in May 2013.

OLE Nepal’s team of trainers and technical staff conducted refresher training and technical support at Phaplu Community School from  Dec 2 – 5, 2016. The refresher teacher training helped prepare the teachers on troubleshooting problems in technical, managerial and pedagogical aspects of laptop-integrated teaching methodologies.

A total of 13 teachers, including school coordinator and the principal, participated in the training held at the primary section of the school. 12 teachers participated in the training and orientation held at the secondary section of the school. The participating teachers were trained on laptop integrated teaching in their respective subjects, as well as, policies related to ICT in education. A few team building techniques was also discussed in the training.

The school, reportedly, had not been using the laptops after the April 2015 earthquake as the network equipments were removed after the school building’s structure was compromised. The technical team re-installed digital library server in new section of the school and set up the local network. All the E-Paati laptops were checked and updated with latest content and all minor problems were fixed. They also conducted a hands-on practice session for the teachers on network system setup.

The refresher training and technical support has helped the teachers revive the laptop-based integrated learning program for the students at Phaplu Community School.


Refresher training and technical support to 3 schools supported by Stichting Chimding

December 2016 | Solukhumbu

OLE Nepal conducted refresher training at Shree Sinha Kali Lower Secondary School, Chimding with the support from Foundation Chimding, a non profit organization working to improve living conditions and prospects of children in Nepalese villages, working closely with local people in 3 villages in the district of Solukhumbu and Dolakha, in cooperation with the local community schools to renovate and improve libraries, and  conduct training programmes for teachers.

The training conducted from December 1 to 4 included the teachers from grade 2 to 8 of three different schools namely Setigaya Primary School, Chyangsar; Shree Sinha Kali Lower Secondary School, Chimding; and Chyagesthan Higher Secondary School, Kerung. The laptop program was launched in these 3 schools in May 2012, with the support of Stichting Chimding.

After the April and May 2015 earthquakes destroyed much of the school infrastructure, E-Paati use was halted in the Shree Sinha Kali Lower Secondary School. After the reconstruction of classroom and the school library, refresher training was conducted in the new premises of Shree Sinha Kali Lower Secondary School. Teachers from all 3 schools, that are supported by the foundation, attended the training.

A total of 20 teachers from the 3 schools participated in the training. The refresher training revisited the key concepts and skills learned in the initial training, shared best practices. Trainees led the discussion on ways to tackle the technical, pedagogical and management challenges they had encountered. The trainers emphasized on the importance of proper planning an

d preparation to ensure effective integration of digital lessons in classrooms.

OLE Nepal’s technical team installed digital library server and set up local area network  in two of the schools: Shree Sinha Kali Lower Secondary School, Chimding and Chyagesthan Higher Secondary School, Kerung. These schools can now access over 7,000 books in English and Nepali, audio-visual materials, reference materials and many more educational components that are useful for both students and teachers.


 

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Fund for Local Cooperation Project completed

December 2016 | Kathmandu

On November 30, 2016, OLE Nepal completed the second phase of the project — “Improving Access to Quality Basic Education through ICT-integrated Classes”. This was a 3 year project, funded by Embassy of Finland’s Fund for Local Cooperation. The project focused on addressing the problems of low quality of education and lack of access to quality learning resources in rural public schools through the introduction technology and digital learning resources in classrooms and teachers trained on ICT-integrated teaching-learning methodologies.

During the project period, OLE Nepal conducted support visits to 15 program schools in Baglung, Banke and Solukhumbu districts where laptop program was launched in 2012 with the support from Embassy of Finland. Over the 3 years, our team provided technical and network setup, hardware parts replacement and software updates of laptops and digital library servers in all 15 schools. This ensured integrated learning  was practised without technical  problems.

A major component of this project was the creation of E-Paath – OLE Nepal’s interactive digital learning content – for Grades 7 and 8 English, maths and science. A team of curriculum experts, graphic designers, software developers and translators worked together to create these interactive learning modules with the national curriculum as the guiding document. A total of 128 activities of new Grade 7 and 8 digital content have been developed and deployed to all 15 FLC program schools of Banke, Baglung and Solukhumbu and 11 schools in Kavre. Grades 7 and 8 teachers of English, maths, and science subjects received training on the newly developed E-Paath content to enhance classroom lessons. The new content are also freely accessible on the digital library website (www.pustakalaya.org) and offline E-Pustakalaya servers.

Under this project, OLE Nepal also initiated the process of producing and translating E-Paath for the Chepang community with the aim to provide quality educational materials to marginalized indigenous communities while promoting mother tongue based education. Chepang language is an indigenous language, predominantly used among the people from marginalized communities living in a remote region of Nepal. A total of 218 math and science E-Paath activities, for Grades 2 to 5, were prepared.

The localized content was piloted at a primary school in Korak VDC in Chitwan as a way to promote of mother-tongue based literacy. These activities are also made available online on www.pustakalaya.org

Beneficiaries of FLC IIOffline servers with E-Pustakalaya were installed in 11 schools in Kavre district and 20 schools in Bajhang. Our team set up school network for fast local access to books and learning materials. The offline server is loaded with e-books, audio-books, educational videos, wikipedia, dictionary, khan academy videos, open street maps and other materials. These content can be accessed through school network using computers, laptops and mobile device. An android application was also developed and distributed to allow users to download books in mobile devices. OLE Nepal continued to provide technical support to the schools throughout the project period.

The project also supported 30 program schools in Bajhang and Baitadi districts, as most of the schools did not have access to electricity. Solar and power back up system had to be installed in order to charge the laptops, and power the digital servers and network related equipment. Additionally, 14 youth volunteers were deployed to 33 schools in Bajhang to spend 2 months in remote communities and support schools in introducing the novel pedagogical practices using technology. The volunteers were trained by OLE Nepal trainers and technical staff on the effective implementation of ICT integration in the classrooms.

E-Paath activities for grades 2 to 6 that were designed and developed by OLE Nepal between 2007 and 2012. Under this project, OLE Nepal initiated the upgrading of E-Paath content of grades 2 – 6. The flash-based content were reviewed and aligned with the revised curriculum, and developed in HTML/CSS technology, just like the grades 7 and 8 E-Paath content. The upgrade was also necessary because computer technology is such an ever evolving field, that the content developed for grade 2 to grade 6 (using Flash) have become outdated. A total of 33 E-Paath activities were finalised during the project period. OLE Nepal will continue to upgrade the remaining content and finish the project in the first quarter of 2017. Finally, this project helped scale up E-Paath distribution. Under this project, the entire collection of E-Paath (Grade 2 – 8) will be loaded into 5300 CDs and distributed to schools across Nepal through 1053 Resource Centers, with the support from the Department of Education. According to the plan, each Resource center will be provided with 5 CDs each that will be sent to schools for installations in their computers.

 

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Continuing support to 15 FLC program schools in Banke, Baglung and Solukhumbu


Deployment of grade 8 E-Paath activities and technical support to 15 FLC program schools

October 2016 | Baglung, Banke and Solukhumbu

OLE Nepal’s teams of trainers and technical staff visited program schools

in Banke from September 21 to 26, Baglung from October 24 to 29, and Solukhumbu from September 25 to 28, to install the new grade 8 content, give orientation to teachers, and provide necessary support at each school. The team also carried out required updates on the E-Paati laptops and digital library server — E-Pustakalaya. A new bundle for content of E-Paath Grades 2 to 8 was prepared and installed in the computers at the schools. Focal teachers of the program in each school were also provided E-Paath software bundle and instructed on the installation procedure by OLE’s technical staff. The teams also extended more technical support, including maintenance of E-Paati laptops, school network, replacement of necessary non-functional equipment for the smooth running of the program.

At Banke, a team of technical and training staff visited all 4 schools to update Grade 8 content on all desktops and train teachers on the new content updates, from September 21 to 25, 2016. The technical team also replaced equipments that were damaged. One of the schools, Janashakti LSS, Balapur, was facing problems with their laptop charging rack, damaging over 20 chargers. The charging rack and chargers were replaced as the teachers reported sparking issues.

2 teams of technical and program staff visited all 6 program schools in Baglung for Grade 8 content update on all desktop computers and orientation to teachers from October 24 – 29, 2016. During this visit, the 2 teams also extended technical support on the E-Paati program at the schools by checking all E-Paatis. Damaged E-Paati screens and chargers were replaced in all schools. Ganesh Secondary School and Prithvi Secondary School had not been running E-Pustakalaya for a few months because of the problem on the servers. To fix the issue, the hard drive was replaced.

In Solukhumbu, our team visited all 5 schools between September 25 to 28.  Garma Secondary School had recently added 22 desktop computers

on which the team installed E-Paath activities and connected to the school server so that they can access to the range of educational resources. The computers were connected through wireless USB devices in the network. The cost of these devices was shared equally between the project and the school.

Periodic field visits like these, by OLE Nepal’s technical team, help the schools ensure that the program is running properly. Schools visits also allow our teams to collect data on how the digital literacy interventions have affected the learning outcomes of students.


Refresher teacher training, update and technical support to 15 FLC program schools

November 2016 | Baglung, Banke and Solukhumbu

The refresher training for teachers of program schools in Banke, Baglung and Solukhumbu were conducted in the month of November. In Banke and Solukhumbu, 2-day refresher training was conducted at one program school, where teachers from other program schools in the district also attended the training. However, in Baglung, our training and technical team visited each program school to conduct refresher training and technical support.

The refresher training focused on getting teachers accustomed to use the newly developed grade 8 E-Paath activities in English, math and science subjects. In addition to that, the teachers also revisited the techniques on integrating digital content on classroom teaching-learning process. There were discussions on good practices, challenges, and lessons they have gathered over the past few years of integrated learning practice. The refresher training held in schools was beneficial for new teachers as well. This training was a good opportunity for them to learn about using E-Paath to enhance classroom learning.

OLE Nepal technical team also visited all the schools to update the latest content onto the school server and update all the E-Paatis. The E-Paatis were updated with the rearranged content that matches the updated curriculum. All desktop computers in the schools were loaded with updated E-Paath Grade 2 to 8 content. Technical support also included networking of the desktop computers and replacement of some equipment.

A total of 104 teachers were trained during these school visits. Now, all desktop computers in these 15 schools are loaded with E-Paath Grade 7 & 8 content, and the teachers have been trained to integrate these new digital activities in their classrooms. The field visit to each school concluded with the ownership of the program by the beneficiaries, through interaction with the school teachers and the community. In the meetings, the beneficiaries were informed that this would be the last official visit from OLE Nepal with the schools under the FLC project. There were discussions on how schools and OLE Nepal can coordinate for the effective and sustainable implementation of the program in the days to come. Teachers and community were informed to seek necessary assistance remotely from OLE Nepal. Schools were also encouraged to create a fund for maintenance of equipment. Some of the schools have already assigned part of the school budget for contingencies.


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E-Pustakalaya updates in Kavre schools

Technical support visit to eleven E-Pustakalaya program schools in Kavre

November 2016 | Kavre

Kavre was one the worst hit districts during the April/May 2015 earthquakes. Many buildings, including 2 of our project schools (Dwarpaleshwor Secondary School and Dedithumka Lower Secondary School), had collapsed during the violent tremors and aftershocks. The computer labs housing the digital library servers, in these two schools, had been destroyed. OLE Nepal has continued the technical support to the schools that are still running the E-Pustakalaya program.

OLE Nepal’s team of 4 members including technical staff visited the E-Pustakalaya schools of Kavre from November 20 to 25, to install the grade 8 content and provide necessary technical assistance to the schools.

The schools visited by OLE Nepal’s team were Chandeni Secondary School, Zerokilo; Radhakrishna Ghanashyam Lower Secondary School, Pouwa; Baagdevi Higher Secondary School, Jyamdi; Indrawati Secondary School, Jyamdi, Majhigaun; Umasha Sikchalya Higher Secondary School, Chandeni; Tapeshwor Higher Secondary School, Deupur; Panchakanya Lower Secondary School, Jaisithok; Dedithumka Higher Secondary School, Mahadevsthan; Bindabasini Secondary School, Majhigaun.

During the visit, the teams visited 9 out of 11 schools, in which they also checked and fixed the network of schools and oriented the teachers on recently added grade 8 content on math, science and English subjects. The 2 schools which our team did not visit were Dwarpaleshwor Secondary School and Dedithumka Lower Secondary School were completely destroyed in the earthquake of April 25, 2015. However, the schools were asked to bring their digital library servers to Kunatabesi for the latest update, so that the schools could continue to use them in other personal devices.

Bagdevi Secondary School, Jyamdi had also recently added 20 laptops in their computer lab in which the visiting team installed the grade 8 contents in all laptops. These computers were bought on shared basis from both school and supporting organization. When our team visited Bindabasini School, there were no functioning computer.  Hence, the team only installed the content in the server and oriented the teachers on how to use it once they have computers.

The team installed grade 8 content and maintained the school network in all the schools. The team also provided necessary technical assistance and conducted a brief orientation on recently added content. A hands-on practice was also conducted for teachers on E-Pustakalaya.

School Management Committee (SMC) meeting was also conducted at each school to discuss the effective and sustainable implementation of the program. The schools were suggested to create a maintenance fund for the sustainability of the program similar to the model practiced in our projects in Bajhang. The schools were also advised that OLE Nepal will continue to provide assistance remotely.

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Refresher training at mother tongue education project school

Monitoring visit and refresher training for Chepang school in Chitwan

October 2016 | Chitwan

A 3 day refresher training for teachers of mother tongue (Chepang language) project school in Rastriya Primary School, Korak VDC, Chitwan was conducted from October 25 to 27. The main objective of the training was to review the program activities at the school, address the key challenges and issues encountered by the teachers while implementing the program, and to orient the teachers on newly added content. Altogether, there were 5 teachers who participated the training. A 2 member team including a trainer and a technical staff from OLE Nepal visited the school to conduct the training.

The project of creating mother tongue based educational content for primary level students of Chepang community was initiated by OLE Nepal with the support of Embassy of Finland’s Fund for Local Cooperation, with the understanding that children in primary levels learn better in their mother tongue. The content was piloted in Chitwan, when 25 laptops loaded with E-Paath content translated into Chepang language was deployed to Rastriya Primary School, in early November 2015. The program in the school was introduced with the 4-day teacher training and deployment of laptops loaded with mother tongue based digital content.

Since it had been a year that the program being implemented, the training provided an opportunity for the teachers to share their observations, experiences and challenges while integrating the digital content in their classes. All the participant’s teachers shared that the digital content available in mother tongue language has been very effective and helpful for their students’ for positive learning.

During the training participants were also oriented to the newly introduced BalPathmala, which is a collection of hundreds of pictorial books in Nepali and English languages. BalPathmala was installed on all of the 25 laptops in the school, making it easy access to useful books for the students of primary level. A hands-on practice was conducted on basic troubleshooting techniques regarding the E-Paati.

On the last day of the training, OLE Nepal’s team conducted a meeting with the School Management Committee (SMC) and local stakeholders. A total of 40 participants were present at the meeting to discuss the overview of the program. One of the important points discussed during the meeting was creation of maintenance fund for the sustainability of the program. It was agreed that one of the local stakeholders (Community Forest User Group) would provide the financial support for the maintenance fund. The participants were also informed that OLE Nepal will continue to provide necessary assistance remotely in future.

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New OLE Nepal Working Committee

October 2016 | Lalitpur

AGM 2017-2OLE Nepal’s 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on October 2, 2016 elected the new Working Committee (Board of Directors), with Mr. Prithivi Bahadur Pande as the new Chairperson. The meeting discussed program progress of the year and plans for the upcoming year. The meeting also elected the following as the new Working Committee ( Board) Members:

1) Prithivi Bahadur Pande- Chairperson

2) Sabita Bhandari Baral- Vice Chairperson

3) Dr Mahabir Pun- General Secretary

4) Pravin Raj Joshi- Secretary

5) Anju Sharma- Treasurer

6) Mohan Das Manandhar- Member (Director)

7) Dr Prativa Pandey- Member (Director)

8) Rabi – to continue as Board Executive ( Executive Director)

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Initial Teacher Training in Baitadi

September 2016 | Baitadi

Laptop Program has been launched in Baitadi in this month. Our team of four trainers and two technical staff from OLE Nepal successfully conducted seven days’ intensive training for the teachers of fifteen primary school in Baitadi. The training which was conducted from September 7 to 20 were divided in three groups covering five schools in each group at Patan and Gothalapani, Baitadi. The first training was conducted in parallel sessions, covering  teachers from ten schools (two groups) and for remaining five schools (one group) in second session at Patan. Altogether 69 (42 female and 27 male) teachers and 8 resource persons participated in the training.

During the opening ceremony of the trainingat Gothalapani, Mr. Lal Singh Ter, District Education Officer (DEO), Shankar Batta and Shankar Dutta Joshi, School Supervisor and Mr. Rishi Ram Bimali, head of FFE unit Baitadi were present. Mr Rabindra Chand and Ms. Rojina Karki from WFP Sub office, Dipayal  observed the training and also attended the closing ceremony at Patan on September 20.

The  training included presentations, interactions, hands-on activities, and practice teaching, and planning to prepare teachers to successfully conduct technology-integrated classes. The following refers to the areas focused  during the seven days training.

Combination of theory and practice teaching

During the training, teachers were given an in-depth idea about the combination of theory and practice on teaching through the laptops. The training focused on the ways and methods of effective integration of digital learning resources and textbooks in the classroom.

Basic training on computers, E-Paath and E-Pustakalaya 

20160912_112404As the use of computers was new to most of the teachers in the training, they were given basic training about the computers. This includes the basic introduction of parts and figures of the computer such as keyboard, screen, keypad, cables, speakers, etc. After familiarizing the basics about the computer, teachers were introduced to E-Paath and E-Pustakalaya. They were given a comprehensive knowledge about the E-Paath, our national curriculum based interactive digital learning resources and E-Pustakalaya. They were also given ample time to explore and practice on E-Paath and resources available in E-Pustakalaya. Teachers were also trained on how to effectively integrate these learning resources in their classrooms.

Sessions on education philosophies and how children learn

Different sessions dedicated to educational philosophies and child learning theory were also included during the training. These sessions were very helpful for the teachers to understand about the different teaching practices and ways children learn.

Training on how to effectively integrate ICT in classroom teaching

The most important aspect of this teacher training was to guide the teachers on effective integration of ICT in classroom teaching. The focus was on how teachers can prepare and effectively use lesson plans for integrating E-Paath and textbooks in the classroom teaching. During the training, participants also prepared the lesson plans and presented as practice teaching session, which helped them to understand the basic preparation and knowledge for ICT integrated teaching process.

Besides that, the teachers were also informed about the importance and techniques for effective classroom management. Different aspects of management, such as job chart preparation, rules and routine preparation for E-Paati integrated classroom teaching were discussed and practiced.

Training on basic technical operation regarding the program

The teachers were also practically trained regarding the technical operation of school network and other related system. This aspect of training covered hands on practice on how to connect school network, operate school server, flash the E-Paati for updating E-Paath content and regular inspection of solar batteries, inverter and solar panels.

Program launch, deployment and set up intranet in each program schools

Laptop program was formally launched in the presence of  Mr Lal Singh Ter, Baitadi DEO, Mr Rishi Ram Bimali, unit chief FFE, Baitadi, Mr. Rabindra Chand, head of WFP SO, Dipayal. The laptops were handed to head teacher representing each school after successfully completing their training.

IMG_20160914_160715Following the training, the two teams comprising of an engineer and a technical staff traveled to all the program schools to set up an intranet, and connect the school server to all the laptops. Since the training was conducted in two sessions, (ten schools in first and five schools in second) the deployments were also carried out in two phases covering ten and five schools in first and second phase respectively. During the deployment, the team also checked the solar power system that was installed in the last week of August, to verify that they met the specifications and functional requirements. The team also briefly familiarized the teachers on basic operation/handling of the equipment such as solar batteries, inverters, solar panels and other related system in the respective program schools.

Our two technical teams successfully deployed the laptops and other network equipment in program school in Baitadi between the second and third week of September. This includes the deployment of 312 laptops, 15 servers, 19 routers and other necessary network equipment in the respective program schools. 

Baseline Survey at fifteen schools in Baitadi

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Baseline survey at fifteen schools in Baitadi was carried out during the deployment time from September 14 to 23 by our deployment team. This survey will help us find out the actual status of the students before the laptop program is introduced in the schools. Survey of students was based on the subject and grades. Around 12 – 15 sample students from grade 2 to 5 were chosen for the survey on Nepali, English, science and maths subject. The result of this survey will be compared with mid-line survey, which will be conducted between the project period. This will help us to understand the actual impact of the program in the students and schools. The results of this survey will be shared in the next reporting month.

 

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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.

Children trying E-Paath activities

Children trying E-Paath activities

 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's presentation at Innovation in Education Fair

OLE Nepal team's presentation at Innovation in Education Fair

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.

The event was featured in ECS Nepal and The Kathmandu Post

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Promoting uninterrupted access to digital resources

Pilot project using low-power Raspberry Pi devices

August 2016 | Lalitpur

At OLE Nepal, we are continuously working to incorporate innovative, low-power and low-cost technology solutions to promote easy and open access to quality learning materials to students and teachers. After weeks of meticulous planning and tests, we are happy to share that we have launched our very first deployment using low-power Raspberry-Pi devices! Raspberry Pi is a pocket-sized, single-board, fully-functional computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. This small but powerful computer runs on 5-watt power, which is ideal for schools in Nepal considering the daily power cuts.

The pilot project was implemented at Gorakhnath Secondary School, Kirtipur. The school has 250 students and 20 teachers, and serves some of the most disadvantaged students in the area. The school has allocated a separate room where teachers and students can use digital resources through the Raspberry-Pi devices as part of the regular teaching-learning process. OLE Nepal’s team has set up the equipment along with sufficient power backup to ensure maximum utilization of the resources even during power outages.

The Raspberry-Pi devices in Gorakhnath School are loaded with the linux-based Ubuntu-Mate operating system that our team has further customized for educational purpose. The entire system is fast, reliable and robust, and comes loaded with common browsers, LibreOffice suite, and many educational games and activities including OLE Nepal’s grade and subject specific interactive learning activities, E-Paath.

Teachers trying out Network Set-Up on Raspberry Pi

Teachers trying out Network Set-Up on Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi - the pocket-sized computer

Raspberry Pi - the pocket-sized computer

We have also installed an offline server loaded with our expansive digital library, E-Pustakalaya. Students and teachers at the schools can now use the Raspberry-Pi devices (as well as any other computer, laptops, tablets, or mobile devices) to have free, fast and easy access to nearly 8,000 books, hundreds of audio-books, thousands of educational videos, many learning software packages, and reference materials such as Wikipedia, dictionaries, and maps -- all without going on the Internet.

OLE Nepal conducted a 5-day teacher training program for all teachers from the school, to provide them the technical and pedagogical skills to integrate digital activities in their lesson plans. The training also covered management and scheduling aspects of conducting technology-integrated classes.

After the training, the teachers were very excited to incorporate this novel approach to teaching-learning at the school. Most of all, both teachers and students are thrilled that they can enhance learning use computers on a regular basis without having to worry about load shedding schedule. The total power requirement for 18 Raspberry Pi computers with monitors, E-Pustakalaya server, and networking equipment comes to 600 Watts. The two 150AH batteries we plan to put in the school should provide over 5 hours of use time during power outages.

E-Pustakalaya school network with Raspberry Pi

E-Pustakalaya school network with Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi computers, monitors, power backup and other needed peripherals were provided by New York-based non-profit, Kids of Kathmandu. The observations and lessons from this pilot program will be applied towards larger deployment of Raspberry-Pi  devices together with E-Pustakalaya servers and power back-up in more schools across the country in 2017 onwards.

We invite the government and other organizations to collaborate with us to deploy these types of low-power smart solutions together with digital content and teacher training so that the resources can be utilized fully to achieve better learning outcomes at the schools.

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