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E-Pustakalaya Demonstration held in Biratnagar

June 27, 2014 | Biratnagar

With the motive to provide information regarding the E-Pustakalaya outside the Kathmandu valley OLE Nepal has been organizing the E-Pustakalaya demonstration and interaction program in different parts of the country. This time it was organized in Kanchanjunga Seminar hall in Biratnagar from 27 June, 2014 after the completion of the writers workshop. This program was locally coordinated by Vani publication and the guest of honor in the event was Professor Bal Krishna Pokhrel.  The event was attended by 60 participants.

E-Pustakalaya Demonstration Program
E-Pustakalaya Demonstration Program
 

Prof. Mr. Bal Krishna Pokhrel shared few of his words about how E-Pustakalaya acts as a bridge between the readers and the writers by digitizing the books so that they can be easily accessible to the people by the use of internet. The books and other activities such as E-Path, videos, audio books, openstreetmap and many other contents of the offline E-Pustakalaya server was also demonstrated in the program. Few of the local schools representatives also showed a keen interest in installing E-Pustakalaya in their schools and they were interested in knowing about the total cost of installation. In addition to all the interest few of the writers who were present in the program were curious about how they can contribute their books in the pustakalaya.

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Children’s Picture Book Writing Workshop at Pokhara

June 13, 2014 | Pokhara

Acknowledging the dearth of Children’s book in Nepali language, OLE Nepal has been organizing workshops in various places of Nepal. The local experienced writers were facilitated by the experts on Children’s literature and resource persons in order to achieve the goal to create children’s book on topics relative to children. Articles and writings created and collected during the workshops were illustrated and edited and later will be uploaded in OLE Nepal’s E-Pustakalaya, whereafter the readers will be able to freely access them either via online or offline connection.

In the same context, OLE Nepal organized a workshop on Writing Picture Book for Children on 13th and 14th of June in Pokhara. A total of nineteen writers attended the workshop, among them renowned linguists Prof. Dr. Chudamani Bandhu, Dr. Dhruva Ghimire, Prof. Dr. Kapil Lamichhane facilitated the event. Prof. Dr. Chudamani Bandhu, who is also E-Pustakalaya Advisor, enlightened the need of reading materials in order to develop the reading culture in Nepal. For such culture to develop, suitable reading materials have to be published in Nepali and should be made easily accessible. Later Prof. Dr. Kapil Lamichhane introduced the philosophy on children’s story writing and its dimensions. Similarly, Dr. Dhruva Ghimire discussed about the key elements and techniques for Children’s picture book writing, that could be read to children of age three to five.

In the second session, picture books of the participants were presented, group discussions the books was organized and feedbacks for improvement was given by the participants. After group discussions, feedbacks, directions and advices from the resource person, the self-encouraged writings were further enhanced. Twenty different improved picture-books in both poetic and prose forms were collected in the workshop. Some of the participants were keenly writing more stories which they said were eager to publish on E-pustakalaya. All the participants were requested to submit their previously published books in order to make their books accessible to wider range of readers. Thirty-two books of different writers were collected in the workshop which will be released as ebooks in E-pustakalaya very soon.

Writes introduce themselves at the beginning of workshop.
Pokhara Children Book Workshop1
Workshop participants posing for a group photo
Pokhara Children Book Workshop2

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E-Pustakalaya Demonstration and Interaction Program in Pokhara

June 12, 2014 | Pokhara

The E-Pustakalaya demonstration and interaction program was organized by OLE Nepal in Pokhara right after the writers workshop. The teachers and students of different schools of Pokhara were invited on June 12, 2014 in RC Complex in Lamachaur, Pokhara.

The participants were shown various materials currently available on E-Pustakalaya. The attendees of the program were also introduced to the usefulness of the offline E-Pustakalaya server from OLE Nepal. During the demonstration, various sections of E-Pustakalaya were shown. In addition to that, the participants were also introduced with the ‘browsing’, ‘searching’ and ‘linking’ features of E-Pustakalaya. This feature makes it very easy for users to search for information.

After observing the demonstration, the participants queried about the learning materials and their availability according to the levels. Furthermore, the school representatives also tried to learn about the cost and ‘terms of use’ of offline E-Pustakalaya that could be used without the cost of internet. A total of seventy participants, representative teachers and students from Gandaki Boarding School, Indra Rajya Laxmi HSS, Saraswoti Asarsha Vidyashram, Alfa Boarding School along with few journalists were present at the demonstration program.

On 14th June 2014, another demonstration was organized in American Corner in Mahendra Pool, Pokhara. The representatives of public libraries, teachers, professors and writers also became a part of this program. Few of the schools and libraries showed keen interest on setting up offline E-Pustakalaya in their respective schools and libraries. The program was able to introduce and provide information about E-Pustakalaya to the concerned organizations and people.

Participants at E-Pustakalaya Demonstration Program at American Corner in Mahendra Pool, Pokhara
Pokhara Interaction Program

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Turtle Art Day 2014

May 2014 | Lalitpur

OLE Nepal helped in organizing a two-day workshop titled “Turtle Art Day 2014” in Kathmandu from May 9 to 10. The program was held at Nepal Administrative Staff College, and was attended by more than 70 children from four schools in Lalitpur. The participating schools were Navajyoti Lower Secondary School, Siddheshwar Lower Secondary School, Chandi Devi Primary School, and Bloom Nepal School.

Turtle Art Day program has already taken place in some other countries in the past few months, and is led by none other than Walter Bender from SugarLabs. During this program in Kathmandu, he was helped by a group of enthusiastic OLPC volunteers from different countries like Bernie Innocenti, Adam Holt, Nick Dorian, and mentors from OLE Nepal like Rabi Karmacharya, Subir Pradhanang, Basanta Shrestha, Sumit Acharya, Bibek Maharjan, and Martin Dluhos.

The workshop began by dividing the students into different groups. It was a full hands-on workshop with each of the student being given an XO laptop to try out Turtle Art (Blocks) activity.

On the first day, the students were introduced about the basic concept of what Turtle Blocks activity was all about, viz., getting the turtle forward, turning it right, turning it left, etc. It was then followed by making different shapes with different colours like square, triangle, and lots of other interesting patterns that they could try out with on the second day.

At the end of the second day after the workshop, a table was set up for an exhibition for children to show off their projects. There was also a special break-out session for robotics with Butia by Walter.

Walter Bender demonstrating Butia Robot to school children.
 

Turtle Art Day
Walter Bender evaluates Turtle Art Programs created by students.
 

Turtle Art Day

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Two-day Children’s Book Writing Workshop

Date: June 13 & 14, 2014 (३०-३१ जेष्ठ २०७१)
Venue: RC Complex, Lamachaur, Pokhara (061-440409)

Recognizing the dearth of children’s books in the Nepali language, OLE Nepal has been organizing a series of children’s book writing workshop in various locations Nepal. The workshops bring together authors and writers from the region with the goal of creating children’s books on various topics under the guidance and facilitation of experienced resource persons. The created works from these workshops are edited by well-known writer(s), and they are made child-friendly through the addition of pictures and illustrations before being uploaded to OLE Nepal’s open digital library, E-Pustakakalaya.

The next workshop is being organized in Pokhara on June 13 and 14, where twenty local children’s story writers of various genres will work with well-known authors and resource persons Prof. Churamani Bandu, Prof. Kapil Lamichhane, Dr. Dhruva Ghimire and Mr. Rambabu Subedi to produce read aloud picture books for early readers. The program will consist of sessions on techniques of creating children’s picture books, practising appropriate writing styles, and sharing stories.

For more information, please email: pustakalaya@olenepal.org

Program Schedule:

Date : 6/13/2014 Saturday ( Day I )

Period

Program

Resource Person

10:00 AM –
11:00 PM

Objectives and Importance of the program

Prof. Churamani Bandhu

11:00 AM –
2:00 PM

A Practical and Theoretical Introduction

Dr. Dhruva Ghimire/Prof. Kapil Lamichhane

– – Differences between literature and children’s literature

Dr. Dhruva Ghimire/Prof. Kapil Lamichhane

– – Stories and Picture Stories

Dr. Dhruva Ghimire/Prof. Kapil Lamichhane

– – Elements of Picture Stories

Dr. Dhruva Ghimire/Prof. Kapil Lamichhane

2:00 PM –
3:00 PM

Practice and sharing – I

3:00 PM –
3:15 PM

Tea Break

3:15 PM-
5:00 PM

Age group and presentation style

Dr. Dhruva Ghimire/Prof. Kapil Lamichhane

Sections of a story (Beginning, Middle, End)

Dr. Dhruva Ghimire/Prof. Kapil Lamichhane

Plot, Conflict & Resolution

Dr. Dhruva Ghimire/Prof. Kapil Lamichhane

Selection of story charecter (Human and Non-human)

Dr. Dhruva Ghimire/Prof. Kapil Lamichhane

Practice and sharing – II

Story Writing Assignment – I

Date : 6/14/2014 Saturday ( Day II )

Period

Program

Resource Person

7:00 AM –
11:00 AM

Picture story presentations by participants – I

Dr. Dhruva Ghimire/Prof. Kapil Lamichhane

Feedbacks and corrections

Dr. Dhruva Ghimire/Prof. Kapil Lamichhane

11:15 AM

Collection of stories – I

Ganesh Ghimire

11:15 AM –
12:00 PM

Launch Time

12:00 PM –
1:30 PM

Story Writing Assignment – II

1:30 PM –
4:30 PM

Picture story presentations by participants – II

Feedbacks and corrections

Dr. Dhruva Ghimire/Prof. Kapil Lamichhane

4:30 PM –
5:00 PM

Collection of stories – II

Ganesh Ghimire

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E-Pustakalaya Deployment in Kavre

February 22, 2012 | Kavre

E-Pustakalaya at KavreOLE Nepal’s digital library, the E-Pustakalaya, was deployed at Mahakali Higher Secondary School in Nayagaun of Kavre district from February 20 to 21, 2012. During the visit, the OLE Nepal team set up the school network consisting of 15 desktop computers and connected them to a school server that was pre-installed with the offline version of E-Pustakalaya. Furthermore, a wireless router was also installed to enable wireless access to the digital library.

The team also routed the existing Internet link through the school server. Thus, the server now has a dual purpose of acting as a network gateway filtering web content and as offline E-Pustakalaya server providing fast access to digital content to users. Finally, teachers from the school were given an orientation on the newly installed network, and on how to access, download and use the digital educational materials from the digital library.

Also coinciding with the second day of the visit was the inauguration of a new building of the school. The headteacher of the school announced the installation of a digital library system in the school, and two other speakers, including Constitution Assembly member, Mr. Krishna Prasad Sapkota, highlighted the benefits of installing E-Pustakalaya in the schools in their speeches.

The Resource Person from the Kavre District Education Office, Mr. Madhav Acharya, expressed his willingness to install the digital library in at least a couple of other schools in the district. He further commented that the minimal cost of hardware and installation was nothing compared to what the schools would gain from access to such a wide range of learning materials. He also praised the E-Pustakalaya during his speech at the school.

Earlier, OLE Nepal had delivered a presentation on E-Paath and E-Pustakalaya to headteachers of 11 schools of Kavre E-Village project on January 18, 2012 in Banepa. The deployment of E-Pustakalaya and the orientation program at the school was coordinated by a local organization named Shaishik Namuna Gramin Bikas Kendra.

Please click on E-Paath and E-Pustakalaya to try them out.

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Feasibility Study at Dadeldhura

Mar 2-6, 2010, Dadeldhura

A team consisting of officials from the Department of Education (DoE), the World Food Programme (WFP), and OLE Nepal visited program schools in Dadeldhura. The purpose of the visit was to study the feasibility of expanding the program to two more schools in the district. The team consisted of the Deputy Director of DoE Mr. Baburam Poudel, who is also the government’s focal person for the OLPC project, WFP’s Country Programme Coordinator, Ms. Pramila Ghimire, and OLE Nepal’s Executive Director, Mr. Rabi Karmacharya. The team was joined on the fourth day by the Director General of the DoE, Mr. Haribol Khanal, who took time out of his busy schedule to spend three days in Dadeldhura to gather first hand knowledge about the program. He was accompanied by the Chief District Education Officer of Dadeldhura, Mr. Ram Hari Das Shrestha. In addition to visiting one program school and one prospective school, he met with officials from the DEO to discuss ongoing education activities in the district.

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Mustang Deployments

Feb 22-Mar 6, 2010, Mustang

The program schools are now entering the second year of the OLPC project. 59 new laptops were deployed in Mustang district, bringing the total there to 418 XOs for students and teachers and 7 for government officials at the District Education Office. Deployment of XOs took place earlier there than in other program districts because of the different academic cycle in the cold mountainous regions. Our program now covers grades 2, 3, 4 and 6 there. Laptops given to last years’ grades 2 and 3 students rose up a grade with them and new laptops are being given to incoming students of grade 2.

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Workshop for Teacher Training Manual

Dec 23-25, 2008, Lalitpur

OLE Nepal organized a three day workshop to prepare the teacher training manual for the next round of OLPC laptop deployment. Participants included experts from the National Center for Education Development (NCED) as well as officials from the Department of Education (DoE)’s OLPC team. Teachers from the two test schools- Bashuki Lower Secondary School and Vishwamitra Ganesh Secondary School – were also invited for a day to share their experiences to shed light on the challenges faced so far, and to give suggestions on how the training program can be made more effective and relevant with regards to introducing ICT-integrated education in classrooms in Nepal.

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