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Proposed school design

March 2016 | Kathmandu

We are currently in process of finalizing the design for the reconstruction of school in Gorkha district. The following refers to proposed designs by our engineer.

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Graphic school design

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Section Drawing for Foundation, Steel and Roof details

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Orientation to district education officials at Baitadi

February 20, 2016 | Baitadi

The process of introducing laptop base teaching program formally began in Baitadi with the orientation of district officials at the District Education Office (DEO). The program took place at the DEO office, was attended by Chief of Baitadi DEO Mr. Lal singh Ter, WFP Sub-Office staff Mr. Binod Dev Bhatta, FFE Baitadi staff Mr. Rishi Ram Bimali, World Education program officer Mr. Padam Singh Dhami and other DEO staff including school supervisor and resource person. Deputy Director from Department of Education Mr. Dhan Bahadur Shrestha also travelled from Kathmandu to attend the program in Baitadi.

The main objective of the program was to provide an overview of project to district officials and discuss the selection process for the program. Mr. Tika Raj Karki from OLE Nepal presented the program details, including the goals, program components, school selection criteria, training and monitoring activities. Mr Dhan Bahadur Shrestha from DoE also highlighted national ICT policy and the importance of integrating technology in education. A brief discussion was held regarding the school selection procedure. One of the important points discussed during the meeting was how we can ensure that all the eligible school receive the program information and school selection criteria. Deepa Thapa from OLE Nepal also gave a presentation on E-Paath activities. This demonstration gave a clear understanding of digital content to the district officials

It was agreed to ask the all the eligible schools to submit applications for the program. For this, OLE Nepal with the help from DEO is currently inviting application from the schools. The application forms are currently being distributed from DEO office. The schools can collect and submit the application before April 22 at DEO office. Once the applications are collected, OLE Nepal and DEO office will select the possible potential schools before conducting on-site survey of schools.

The meeting was concluded by the DEO officer promising of cooperating and assistance from DEO office at the local level while implementing program. Laptop integrated teaching program is being implemented in Doti, Dadeldhura and Bajhang since 2012

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In-School training for 20 Primary Schools in Bajhang

January 18 – 28, 2016

OLE Nepal recently conducted in-school training for 20 primary school teachers in Bajhang from phase III.

In school training was the second part of the three- stage training program designed to develop the skills and confidence of teachers regarding the integration of E-Paath activities in teaching and make optimum use of digital resources in daily teaching learning process.

A team of eight OLE staff including trainers, support staffs and field coordinator formed four groups conducted the training.  All the teachers who were part of basic (initial seven day) training were required to demonstrate the E-Paati integrated class. The trainers from OLE Nepal observed and provided feedback and suggestions at the end of each class. During the training, the team also checked the status of E- Paati, school server and network, and provided the technical support as needed.
Apart from training, the team also conducted community meeting to discuss the community involvement in this program. All the members of School Management Committee (SMC) and Parents Teacher Association (PTA) were invited to the program. The roles and responsibilities of SMC and PTA were further reiterated for the effective implementation of program.

You can read more about the training, here

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School Reconstruction in Gorkha

January 2016 | Kathmandu

After numerous visits to Gorkha and meeting with parents, schools and communities, we have decided to help reconstruct four primary schools in rural parts of the district. Each school will have eight rooms to accommodate classrooms, playroom for pre-school children, laptop room and office. We spent a lot of time researching various building designs and consulted the building codes prepared by the government. Based on suggestions from experts and our own observations from the field, we are narrowing on a single storey design based on a truss system. We will be using durable yet safe materials for walls that also provide better insulation.

We have just completed all the paper work and multiple approvals required from various governmental bodies both in the capital and the district. We will soon be going to the sites with an engineering team to get the measurements before preparing detailed designs for each school. We will be working closely with the School Management Committee during the construction of the buildings, and our engineering team will monitor the process to ensure that the buildings meet the safety specifications.

This is the first time that OLE Nepal has ventured into constructing school buildings. We took up this new challenge after seeing the need for organizations and groups like ours to do what we can to ensure that students are not deprived of education. We were also encouraged by the high priority that rural communities put on their children’s education, and by the tremendous support we received from all over the world.

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Laptop Support & Partnerships

We owe it to so many individuals, groups, communities and organizations for supporting us in our movement to transform education in Nepal. We continue to partner with Nepal’s Department of Education and the District Education Offices to introduce improved teaching-learning approaches in public schools. We have also entered the eighth year of partnership with the UN World Food Programme to bring exciting educational resources through laptops in the far western regions. We are also fortunate to receive support from the Embassy of Finland for the fifth year, which has allowed us to create digital learning activities and install solar energy systems in remote schools.

 

Ram and  Karen MiddleburySpecial thanks to Ram KC and Karen James for hosting the annual OLE Nepal benefit dinner in Middlebury, Indiana in November. As in previous years, the communities of Middlebury and neighboring Goshen have come together and contributed generously to purchase laptops for children in Nepal’s remote villages.

 

Anjuli Piya MCM01Last October, Anjuli Piya ran the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC to support OLE Nepal’s projects. A new mother herself, she ran her first ever marathon to help mothers in remote villages of Nepal to realize their dreams for a successful future for their children.

 

We are grateful to Dr. Richard Rowe and his team at the OLE Inc office in Cambridge, Massachusetts for their continued support and suggestions in carrying out our activities.

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OLE Nepal at Interaction Programs

OLE Nepal’s Rabi karmacharya recently gave talk at Knox College, Illionis,USA and A21 Leader Summit, Hongkong.

OLE Nepal’s Rabi Karmacharya was at Knox College on November 6 to give a talk on the prospects of using technology to promote access to better education around the world. He shared lessonknox-college_416x416s learned during OLE Nepal’s eight year long campaign to change Nepal’s education landscape using laptops, digital learning resources, and teacher training.

 

 

 

 

Rabi Karmacharya joiasia societyned the Executive Director of AirAsia Foundation, Ms. Yap Mun Ching, on stage at the Asia Society A21 Young Leader’s Summit on December 3 to share their stories about helping bring relief materials to earthquake affected areas, and the campaign to help build schools that were destroyed in the earthquake.

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A Year in Review 2015

 

2015 turned out to be a challenging year for Nepal. The two big earthquakes of April 25th and May 12th killed nearly 9,000 people, damaged thousands of buildings and other infrastructure, and destroyed the livelihoods of many people while displacing hundreds of families and communities. As the country started cleaning up the debris and was slowly rising from the rubbles, we were met with another crisis when strikes and protest programs were launched by various groups and ethnicities who felt their demands were not addressed in the newly promulgated constitution. The ensuing violence and blockades were a major setback in the efforts towards recovery from the earthquake, and sent the country’s sputtering economy into a tailspin, and crippled the lives of the millions of Nepalis. Despite the many setbacks, we at OLE Nepal tried our best to stick to our plans and carry out our scheduled activities.

The Earthquake

We had to make a number of adjustments, and take extra measures to complete the planned activities on top of the new ones that we undertook in the aftermath of the earthquake. Many of our team were directly affected by the earthquake, with some having to spend a few weeks in tented shelters. A number of our staff joined other groups to bring food and relief materials to the affected communities. In the weeks following the earthquake, we grew concerned about the wellbeing of children in distress, many of them displaced and completely traumatized by the scenes of devastation around them. We decided to help bring some sense of normalcy to the children by allowing them to engage in learning activities, and soon our staff and volunteers spread out to different temporary camps and safe learning spaces created for children. They brought with them laptops loaded with many digital learning games and educational activities to engage children while they were in the shelters. In all these places, children fully enjoyed these activities, and were totally engrossed while playing the learning games.

In the following months, we visited schools in affected areas in Gorkha, Kavre, Sindhupalchowk, and Lalitpur, and collected first hand information about the needs in these places. Seeing the school buildings reduced to rubbles, we realized how fortunate we were that the earthquake struck on a Saturday when the students were on a holiday, sparing the lives of thousands of children. We were also impressed by the resilience of the local communities, most of whom had built temporary learning centers so that their children could continue their education.

We launched a campaign in May to raise funds to help construct school buildings in Gorkha, and to provide students with better learning opportunities using laptops and digital resources. We were impressed by the outpouring of support we received from so many people.

airasiaAirAsia Foundation readily lent their support, and launched the “To Nepal with Love” campaign and collected donations from passengers on AirAsia flights and airport hubs, in addition to online collections.

Students and faculty members from Knox College, Illinois, organized “Light up for Nepal” program and other events on campus, and decided to send the raised funds to OLE Nepal’s school rebuilding program. Two students from the college also traveled to Nepal to volunteer in the efforts, and visited the school locations in Gorkha in August.

Anil J Shahi participated in the New York City triathlon in June to raise funds for the school reconstruction project. That was the first triathlon of his life, and despite many difficulties, he did not give up, and completed the race. He was driven by the thought of the many families who were suffering in the aftermath of the earthquake, and that kept him going during the arduous swim, cycle and run events.

 

Impressed by our dedicated team and our unique program to build back better, Dougie Foster, an anthropology student at Oxford University, approached us and organized the “Hit the ball for Nepal” event in the UK to raise funds for the school rebuilding project.

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Revisiting our Program schools in Baglung

December 26, 2015 | Baglung

In the process of providing support to our program schools, OLE Nepal’s team of trainers and  engineers recently conducted a support visit to six of the program schools in Baglung district.The laptop program in Ganesh Secondary, Janta Secondary , Mahendra Secondary, Rudrapipal Secondary, Tribhuvan Secondary and Prithivi Higher Secondary School was implemented in 2012 with the support from Embassy of Finland’s Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC) Program.The teachers from these schools had previously received different stages of training regarding integration of digital learning into the classroom at various stages since 2012.

The visit was conducted from  December 26, 2015 to 2 January,2016 with the purpose of monitoring and providing technical support to these schools. During the visit, the team checked the status of E-Paati, school network and provided technical support depending upon the need of schools. The team found that some of the schools were having problem with chargers, patches on screen of E-Paati and disruption in school network. The team provided additional chargers to the schools  on the basis of  need and number of E-Paati available in their school.

Apart from technical assistance, the team also updated E- Paati with the latest version of content. The schools now have access to grade seven content on Science, Math and English subject. The schoolserver was also updated with latest content which OLE Nepal releases in regular time intervals. The school server now contains over 7,000 books on various subjects and different educational materials in many fields. The team later oriented and demonstrated the updated content to the teachers in each school.

The team also added additional desktop computers available in the schools with the school server. The schools now can run E-Pustakalaya in the desktop computer as well. Taking this opportunity, the team also conducted interaction programs with each school’s staff  team  to discuss and get the update about the program.

 

 

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OLE Nepal signs an agreement with DOE on reconstruction of schools in Gorkha

December 2015 | Kathmandu

OLE Nepal recently signed an agreement with Nepal’s Department of Education to construct school buildings that were destroyed by the April 25, 2015 earthquake. OLE Nepal will construct four permanent buildings in Gorkha district, each with eight rooms and separate toilet facilities for boys and girls.  Under the build back better strategy, OLE Nepal will introduce better learning environment at the schools through the use of digital resources and laptops along with teacher training and support program.

The four schools in Gorkha were selected on the basis of a detailed study by a OLE Nepal team and survey forms filled by the respective schools few months back. The survey form focused on assessing the schools’ plans for reconstruction with support from communities, and their plans for how to sustain the laptop program beyond the initial few years where OLE provides support.

 

We would like to thank hundreds of supporters who have contributed towards the construction and rehabilitation of the schools in Gorkha. Various campaigns and events were organized outside Nepal to raise funds. OLE Nepal would specially like to thank AirAsia Foundation for organizing the “To Nepal with Love” campaign, Anil Shahi for doing NYC Triathlon, Anjuli Piya for running the MCM marathon, Dougie Foster for organizing ‘Hit the Ball for Nepal’ event, and Ram KC and Karen James for hosting the OLE Nepal benefit dinner.

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Periodic Table

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December 2015 | Kathmandu

‘Periodic Table’ is another digital learning activity that has been recently developed by OLE Nepal on the basis of an objective of National Curricula for Grade 8. This lesson aims to help learners explore the periodic table on their own. The lesson begins from an ‘element’, basic unit of the periodic table.

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In this activity, the user will learn about the formation of the molecules and compounds from the elements. Some of the common examples are shown with their molecular structures as well.

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Gradually, a short animation is given in the slide to represent the orbital movement of an electron in the shell of an atom.

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The lesson has left some space for the user to encourage ‘thinking habit’. We hope the squirrel displaced on the screen would energize learners.

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There is a separate section i.e.‘Do It Yourself,’ where user is asked to fill up an expected answer. If the user makes mistake, an activity allows him/her to try again and if needed, hint is already provided.

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At least for the first 20 elements in the periodic table, some of the basic information are given. For this, user has to select any element from the list. This is an example of simple interactivity to grab the interest of the user.

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A short introduction of Mendeleev, who had arranged 60 elements in his own periodic table, is also given in the lesson. This may allow the learner to know the person who had brought up such wonderful idea to arrange the elements.

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Similarly, such colour codes are again used to separate elements from the rest of the group members. For examples, s, p, d and f blocks are displayed with four different colours so that users can easily check and refresh their minds.

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We have given two different levels of exercises. The second level of exercise belongs to some questions along with four similar hints where user has to click on the box with correct answer. The score keeps on adding with an increasing number of correct answers and empty box is filled with a green colour. Otherwise, red colour symbolizes wrong answer. If in case, user clicks on the wrong answer, there is a provision of multiple clicks unless right answer is detected. Finally, the user can have an opportunity to self-evaluate through the scores that will be displayed in the score board.

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Our upcoming activities

 

OLE Nepal is planning various activities for upcoming months. Twenty schools from phase III Bajhang Laptop Program will be further supported by In-school training. In-school training is usually conducted four to six weeks after the laptop program is introduced in schools. During the training, OLE Nepal team will monitor the status of program in each school, observe the E-Paath integrated classes with textbook and also provide the feedback for further improvement. Apart from this, the team will also provide technical support in these schools.

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We will be visiting our program schools in Banke and Solukhumbu district. During the visit, team will update the school server with new lessons for grade seven. An orientation will also be given to the teachers in integrating those lessons into their teaching-learning process.

Apart from these visits, our team will also visit Kavre district where our E-Pustakalaya program is being implemented. Team will also conduct refresher training training for the teachers and technical support to the schools to smoothly carry out the program.

OLE Nepal’s plan to rebuild five schools in Gorkha district, an epicenter of the major earthquake, will be carried out in early 2016. The team has already completed detailed survey of schools in Gorkha which has also been finalized by District Education Office in Gorkha and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed with respective schools for the implementation of program.

We will be sharing more on these planned activities in our upcoming posts.

 

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