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OLE Nepal receives the MIT J-WEL grant!

April 4, 2019 | MIT Boston

OLE Nepal has recently been announced as one of this year’s awardees of the MIT J-WEL grant in pK-12 Education Innovation. The grant will be used to develop advanced learning games for math and science through joint collaboration between OLE Nepal, MIT instructors and students and the Bloom Nepal School. In this collaborative effort, MIT expertise in game-based learning will be leveraged in the development of these games. These games build on innovative work already being done by OLE Nepal in the design of digital learning content. The content developed by OLE Nepal, E-Paath, can provide the basis for the design of more sophisticated games.

OLE Nepal’s Executive Director, Mr. Rabi Karmacharya, attended the J-WEL Week event at MIT Campus on April 1-4, 2019. The event that brought together 112 participants from 26 countries served as a platform to engage MIT faculty and researchers to share their work with the J-WEL community. During the event, there were sessions to engage with the participants in a conversation about collaboration and ways in which the work can be extended to the J-WEL members.

The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) is an initiative that addresses three core demographics and levels of education through collaboratives for each domain: pK-12, Higher Education, and Workplace Learning. Each collaborative organizes its efforts on focus areas identified as keys to transformative change in education. In each area, the collaboratives sponsor research at MIT and develop programs that bring together educational innovators at MIT with J-WEL members to address member educational opportunities and challenges.

 

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Updates from laptop program schools in Darchula

1. In-school teacher training program 

OLE Nepal launched the laptop program at 15 new schools in Darchula on September 2018, after the completion of the Initial 7-day training program. In-school training is the second stage of the three-stage teacher training program. This phase of the training requires trainers to travel to the schools and observe the teachers’ daily teaching practice. Three teams of trainers from OLE Nepal conducted in-school training for teachers of 15 program schools in Darchula, from December 16, 2018 to January 2, 2019. Each team consisted of one teacher trainer and one technical trainer.  During in-school training, teachers review the implementation practices and enhance the teachers’ confidence and skills regarding the laptop integrated teaching methodologies.

Trainers visited all 15 schools to observe classes of teachers, and to give feedback and suggestions. Our teams found that most of the teachers were successfully integrating laptops and digital lessons into their daily classes. Teachers also went over the basic troubleshooting techniques, while the technical trainers checked the status of laptops, library server, school network.  In-school training also provides our teams an opportunity to deliver technical support depending upon the needs of the schools.

After completing the classroom part of the training, our trainers also hold community interaction meetings in all schools to understand their involvement and get feedback on the program. Representatives from the School Management Committee (SMC), Parent Teacher Association (PTA), newly elected local representatives and other parents also attended these meetings, where the OLE’s team members discussed roles and responsibilities of community members for the successful implementation of program.

As encouraged by OLE Nepal before the program launch in 2018, all laptop program schools have created a maintenance fund that is dedicated to the laptop program. The fund will be used for maintenance of equipment by the schools.

Next, teachers from Darchula’s laptop program schools will attend Refresher Training in June 2019.  The teacher training program in Darchula is supported by World Food Programme (WFP).


2. Resident support in Darchula completed!

In order to support the 15 laptop program schools in Darchula, OLE Nepal launched the ‘Teaching with Technology Residency Program’ on November 12, 2019. A group of three motivated individuals were trained to prepare for a four month teaching and technical support residency program in the remote district of Darchula. Before leaving for Darchula, they attended two-weeks intensive training on pedagogical and technical aspects of the laptop program at OLE Nepal office in Sanepa, Lalitpur.

On March 12, 2019, our group of teaching residents completed their support visits to all 15 laptop program schools in Darchula. During the four months period, they were able to visit each school 4-5 times to support teachers and students. At the schools in Darchula, the teaching residents assisted the teachers and students on integrating digital resources into the classroom. They helped teachers in preparing E-Paath integrated daily lesson plan, job chart and classroom management for effective classroom teaching. They also helped the schools prepare quarterly report. On the technical part, the teaching residents helped school teachers on problems and questions related to laptops and digital library servers. At each school, they conducted routine checks of laptops, digital servers and other network and power related equipment such as solar panels, batteries, and inverters.

The residents also played an equally important role in encouraging community members to sustain the program. They conducted  meetings with school School Management Committee (SMC), Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at each of the 15 schools in Darchula, to share the support status and possible measures to be taken by the management committee to sustain the program. Overall, the residents’ support at Darchula schools was successfully completed and highly appreciated by teachers, students and community members.

Mr. Subash Parajuli, our teaching with technology resident for Darchula 2018-19, has shared his personal experience (BLOG) on travelling to remote corners of Darchula district, to support OLE Nepal’s laptop program schools.

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Preparations to launch laptop program in Jajarkot, Karnali Province

We are getting ready to launch the laptop program in Jajarkot this year!

Preparations for the launch began in January 2019. A call for applications to interested schools was made after consulting with the Center for Human Resource Development (CEHRD) and World Food Programme (WFP). Our team visited Local Government offices in Jajarkot,January 21-25, 2019, to conduct orientation sessions for local government officials, as well as the school supervisors and resource persons. The orientation provided an overview of the laptop program to the officials, and helped in the discussions of the school selection process.

A total of 27 schools applied for the program, and based on the criteria provided to the schools, 19 schools were shortlisted. On March 6, 2019, two teams from OLE Nepal proceeded to survey the schools that had been shortlisted. Initial school survey is essential to finalise prospective laptop program schools. During the visit, the teams assess the physical and power infrastructure of the school; meet with teachers and School Management Committee to ascertain their motivation for the program; interact with students and parents for general queries, and verify other details of the school’s application. It took our team two weeks to complete the survey.

After the survey, the teams discussed their findings and ranked the schools based on the observations. The findings from the survey were then shared with local authorities to help with the selection process. Our team took this opportunity to also discuss possible areas of collaboration with the Local Government. To ensure smooth operation of the laptop program, local authorities have pledged to install solar panels for power infrastructure at the selected schools. They will provide solar power/ backup power to the 10 out of 12 program schools. Two of the schools already have solar and power backup system.

Here are the proposed Jajarkot laptop program schools for 2019:

Each year, we are able to reach more students in remote corners of Nepal, with help from our partners and supporters. We would like to thank WFP for their continuous support in expanding our laptop program. We are able to reach more students each year because of our supporters who have contributed generously towards laptops for children.

We would also like to thank our supporters who have contributed directly for the laptops. Special thanks to Ram K.C. & Karen James, Vision in Mission Inc., Daryl & Maxine Zook and the communities of Goshen and Middlebury, Indiana, USA.

We also received generous contributions in Nepal from Thames International College and Beltron International.

Thank you for choosing to give the gift of quality education.

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New Partnership with ONGD-FNEL, a Luxembourg-based NGO

March 20, 2019

OLE Nepal has signed a five-year cooperation agreement with ONGD-FNEL for the project ‘Digitally Enhanced Early Grade Reading Programme’. The main objective of this proposed project is to design and develop interactive high-quality digital content to help children learn to read Nepali. This content development project aims to make reading fun and interactive for young learners through the use of familiar images and word references. Under this project, OLE Nepal will also work to promote and provide free access to learning content for all schools, teachers and students through the existing network of local governments and educational authorities.

With the total grant amount of 150,000 Euro, spread over 5 years, OLE Nepal will work to build on the ten years of experience in content design, development, and development for the sole benefit of the end-user, i.e. children across the country who do not have Nepali as their mother tongue. We want the content that is created under this project to be effective for beginning readers. Addition of audio-dictation / listening-text will make the digital learning materials fun and effective in helping children learn the concepts and follow instructions.

ONGD-FNEL is a not-for-profit organisation founded in Luxembourg in 1989. Originating in Luxembourg’s scouting movement (Luxembourg National Federation of Scouts and Guides-FNEL), it supports numerous projects promoting the development of education in Nepal. ONGD-FNEL works to contribute to a sustainable improvement of the living conditions of disadvantaged populations mainly through social reinsertion, education and training..

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Making programming fun and engaging using robots

March 2019 | Lalitpur

OLE Nepal recently partnered with three institutions from Japan — KDDI Foundation (Tokyo), CityNet (Yokohama) and Miyagi University of Education — to launch robot programming education in three public schools in Lalitpur, in collaboration with the Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC). This new program further promotes OLE Nepal’s goal to provide quality learning opportunities through the effective use of technology in classrooms. Schools are provided with kits that students can use to design and build robots, which can be programmed to carry out various tasks using simple child-friendly visual programming tool known as Scratch. This robot programming exercise will allow students to use their creativity and critical thinking skills to solve problems while working collaboratively in a team.

School teachers from Yashodhara Boudha School, Jalpa Secondary School, Hindu Vidyapith School, and mentors from OLE Nepal and the Institute of Engineering, participated in a 4-day training provided by professor and students from the Miyagi University of Education, on March 11-14, 2019. Participants successfully completed the mentor training focused on programming the robot and demonstrating its capacity. The mentors will now start training the students at the three project schools. This programming education shows that theory-based textbook education is not the only way to tap into individual talents, skills and creativity. OLE Nepal, along with KDDI Foundation, CityNet and LMC plans to expand this program to more schools in the near future.

Lalitpur Metropolitan City launched Nepal’s first Mentor Training to foster logical and creative thinking with the support of KDDI Foundation, OLE Nepal, Miyagi University of Education and CityNet Yokohama Project Office. The project was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Masamichi Saigo, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, Hon. Mayor Chiribabu Maharjan of Lalitpur Metropolitan City and Mr. Masazumi Inoue, Vice-President of KDDI Foundation.

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ई–पाटी ल्यापटप कार्यक्रमप्रति शिक्षक र विद्यार्थीको बढ्दो आकर्षण

नरेन्द्रसिंह कार्की | दार्चुला

२८ फागुन

साझा शिक्षा ई–पाटी ल्यापटप कार्यक्रम सञ्चालन भएपछि शिक्षक विद्यार्थीको आकर्षण बढेको छ ।

गत भदौ अन्तिम सातादेखि जिल्लाका एक नगरपालिका र चार गाउँपालिकाका १५ वटा विद्यालयमा नमूनाका रुपमा ई–पाटी ल्यापटप वितरण भएपछि शिक्षण क्रियाकलापमा शिक्षक विद्यार्थी दुबैको आकर्षण बढेको हो ।

‘ई–पाटी ल्यापटपमार्फत शिक्षण शुरु भएपछि विद्यार्थीको पढाइप्रति रुचि बढेको छ’, मार्मा गाउँपालिकास्थित दुर्गेश्वरी आधारभूत विद्यालय बारौका प्रधानाध्यापक गजेन्द्रबहादुर सिंहले भने, ‘सेतो पाटीमा लेखेर पढाउनुभन्दा पनि ल्यापपटमार्फत शिक्षण गर्दा विद्यार्थीको रुचि बढेको छ ।’

कक्षा शुरु हुने वित्तिकै विद्यार्थीको ध्यान ल्यापटपमै जान थालेको छ । श्रव्यदृष्यमार्फत पढाइ हुने भएका कारण साना विद्यार्थी पनि ध्यान दिएर पढ्न थालेका छन्, प्रधानाध्यापक सिंहले बताए । साझा शिक्षा इपाटीमार्फत विज्ञान गणित विषयमा शिक्षण गर्न राम्रो छ । अङ्ग्रेजी नेपाली विषयको पाठ्यपुस्तक र साझा शिक्षा ई–पाटीको थोरै पाठ्यक्रम तलमाथि देखिन्छ उनले भने ।

श्रव्यदृष्य भएका कारण शिक्षकलाई मात्र नभई विद्यार्थीको चाहनानुसार शिक्षणमा सहयोग पुगेको छ । ‘अहिले शुरुआती चरणमै छौँ’, सिंहले भने । ई–पाटी ल्यापटप कार्यक्रम सञ्चालन गर्न विद्यालयका चार वटै शिक्षकलाई आधारभूत कम्प्युटर अभ्यास गराइएको थियो । विद्यालयमा १०० को हाराहारीमा विद्यार्थी छन् । अहिले सबै विद्यार्थीलाई बहुकक्षाको अवधारणामा र्ई–पाटी ल्यापटपमार्फत शिक्षण शुरु गरेका छाँै । सो विद्यालयले कार्यक्रमअन्तर्गत १६ वटा ल्यापटप पाएको छ ।

साझा शिक्षा र्ई–पाटी कार्यक्रमअन्तर्गत मार्मा गाउँपालिका आठ वटा विद्यालय छनोट भएका थिए । जसमा दुर्गेश्वरी प्राविले २१ वटा ल्यापटप पाएको छ । यस्तै नौगाड गाउँपालिकाका तीन वटा सामुदायिक विद्यालयमा साझा शिक्षा ई–पाटी ल्यापटप कार्यक्रम चलेको छ । नेपाल सरकार शिक्षा, विज्ञान तथा प्रविधि मन्त्रालय, नौगाड गाउँपालिका र विश्व खाद्य कार्यक्रमको सहकार्यमा साझा शिक्षा ई–पाटी ल्यापटप कार्यक्रम सञ्चालन गरिएको हो ।

विद्युत् नभएका बेलासमेत सोलार सिस्टमबाट चल्ने भएकाले पठनपाठनमा साझा शिक्षा ई–पाटी कार्यक्रमले सहज भएको शिक्षकको अनुभव छ । प्रभावकारी शिक्षण क्रियाकलाप र प्रविधिमैत्री शिक्षणमा कार्यक्रमले टेवा पुर्‍याएको उनीहरुको भनाइ छ ।

कक्षा २ देखि ५ सम्मका विद्यार्थीलाई शिक्षण गर्दा सहयोग पुगेको आधारभूत विद्यालय डाँडा सिप्टीका प्रधानाध्यापक रघुवीरसिंह धामीले जानकारी दिए । नौगाड गाउँपालिकास्थित आधारभूत विद्यालय डाँडा सिप्टी, आधारभूत विद्यालय घोरकट्या र आधारभूत विद्यालय डाडा जामिरमा यो कार्यक्रम सञ्चालनमा रहेको जनाइएको छ ।

मालिकार्जुन गाउँपालका–४ स्थित बालिचन आधारभूत विद्यालय मल्तडीमा पनि यो कार्यक्रम लागू भएपछि शिक्षण सिकाइ सुधारोन्मुख भइरहेको विद्यालयका प्रधानाध्यापक अम्वादत्त भट्ट बताउछन् । विगतमा कालोपाटीमा चक (खरी) ले लेखिन्थ्यो । बिहान लगाएको लुगा बेलुकी घर फर्किदा कालो हुन्थ्यो तर समय बदलियो, एक दुई वर्ष भयो सेता बोर्ड प्रयोग भएको हो । त्यो पनि परिवर्तन भएर ल्यापटपमार्फत शिक्षण सिकाइ हुन थाल्यो । आफ्नै जीवनमा भएको परिवर्तनले शिक्षण सिकाइमा परस्कृत हुँदै गएको अनुभव भट्टसँग छ ।

कहिल्यै ल्यापटप नचलाएका हामीहरु पनि अहिले ई–पाटी ल्यापटपमार्फत शिक्षण गर्न थालेका छाैं । एक हप्तासम्म तालीम लिएपछि यो सम्भव भयो । समयसापेक्ष आएको प्रविधिको प्रयोगले विद्यार्थीको सिकाइमा सुधार हुँदै आएको छ भट्टले भने ।

सञ्चार प्रविधिको विकाससँगै अहिलेका युवापुस्ता इमेल, इन्टरनेट र कम्प्युटरमा रमाउन थालेका छन् । विद्यालयमा कम्प्युटर चलाउन थालेका विद्यार्थी घरमा सहजरुपमा आमाबुबाका मोबाइलको प्रयोग पनि गर्न थालेका छन् । मोबाइल प्रविधिको प्रयोगले पनि ल्यापटप चलाउन सहज भइरहेको छ ।

शिक्षण क्रियाकलापमा साझा शिक्षा ई–पाटीले ल्याएको ल्यापटप कार्यक्रम अझै अन्य विद्यालयमा विस्तार गर्नसके युवापुस्तामा शिक्षण सिकाइ प्रभावकारी हुने बताउछन् शिक्षक जमनसिंह लोथ्याल । अहिले थोरै मात्र विद्यालयमा लागू गरिएको छ । ‘प्रविधिको युगमा अहिले शिक्षण पेशामा आएका शिक्षक पनि कम्प्युटरमा पोख्त नै हुन्छन्’, उनले भने, ‘सबै विद्यालयसम्म कम्प्युटर पुर्‍याउनुपर्छ ।’

कार्यक्रमअन्तर्गत कक्षा २ देखि ५ सम्मका विद्यार्थी सङ्ख्या अनुपातमा ल्यापटप विद्यालयलाई उपलब्ध गराइएको थियो । कार्यक्रमअन्तर्गत शैल्यशिखर नगरपालिकाको एक, मार्मा गाउँपालिकाका आठ, नौगाड गाउँपालिकाका तीन, मालिकार्जुन गाउँपालिकाका दुई र दुहुँ गाउँपालिकाको एक विद्यालयमा ल्यापटप वितरण भएको हो ।

पछिल्लो समय जिल्लाका विभिन्न विद्यालयमा पनि जिल्ला शिक्षा विकास तथा समन्वय एकाइ, गैरसरकारी सङ्घ संस्था र विद्यालय आफ्नै पहलमा ल्यापटप कम्प्युटर खरीद गरी पढाइ शुरु गर्न थालेका छन् । शिक्षा विकास तथा समन्वय एकाइ प्रमुख जयराज पन्तले अधिकांश विद्यालयले कम्प्युटर विषय राखेर पढाइ गर्न थालेको बताउनुभयो । ‘ई–पाटी थोरै विद्यालयमा लागू गरिएको भए पनि शिक्षणमा प्रभावकारी भएको जानकारी आइरहेको छ,’ उनले भने,’यस्ता कार्यक्रमका विषयमा आगामी दिनमा सोच्ने बेला आएको छ ।’ रासस

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Teacher training programs

OLE Nepal’s training team has been very busy with teacher training programs in different parts of Nepal. Our team conducted in-school training for 15 laptop program schools in Darchula, and 3 laptop program schools in Tandrang, Gorkha. In Kathmandu, our team was able to conduct refresher training for teachers of 9 schools with Raspberry Pi computers in the district of Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sarlahi and Rautahat. Meanwhile, we were also able to launch the laptop program in 4 new schools: (1)Shree Kalika Basic School in Dhading, in partnership with ICIMOD; and (2)Bagh Bhairav Basic School in Gorkha, (3)Sagun Primary School in Gorkha and (4)Chuna Devi Secondary School in Nagarkot, in partnership with Rotary Club of Silkeborg, Denmark and Rotary Club of Kathmandu.

Following are the details of the teacher training programs conducted by OLE Nepal’s training and technical teams  in the first quarter of 2019.

1. Refresher Training for Raspberry Pi computer program schools – World Education Nepal

OLE Nepal’s team conducted refresher training for teachers and program staff of 9 e-learning program schools in Sarlahi, Rautahat, Mahottari and Dhanusha districts. The training program was organised in Kathmandu on January 21-25, 2019. The four-day refresher training program featured topics covered in the initial training, with special focus on interactive digital learning content – E-Paath, and digital library – E-Pustakalaya. The training also provided an opportunity to discuss issues and challenges that program staff and teachers may have faced while using Raspbian devices in the classroom. These discussions helped trainees perfect their skills in integrating technology and digital learning resources in the classroom.

All 9 program schools have fully functioning Raspberry Pi computer labs in their school. The same group of trainees were trained in the features, functions and operating system of the Raspberry Pi computers and its peripherals on September 2018.

The training program was jointly organised by World Education Nepal and their district level partners. World Education Nepal has local partners in each of the four districts to oversee the program at the school level.

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2. Dhading Initial Teacher Training and ECD Training – ICIMOD

OLE Nepal’s team conducted teacher training for five teachers of Shree Kalika Basic School, Kolachaur, Dhading on February 11-14, 2019. Open Learning Exchange (OLE) Nepal in partnership with the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) successfully launched E-Learning Program at Shree Kalika Basic School in Dhunibesi Municipality, Ward no. 4, Dhading. The school was selected after the joint survey visit from OLE Nepal, ICIMOD and Federation of Nepal Brick Industries (FNBI) Dhading.

Over 60% of students enrolled in the selected school are children of brick kiln workers in the area. The project was launched as a part of an Action Research Project on the productivity of Brick kiln workers by ICIMOD. Additionally, OLE Nepal’s training team also conducted Early Childhood Development Training in Dhading, for early grade teachers from the same school and daycare centers at brick kilns selected by FNBI. The training, which was held at the school, focused on preparing teachers on how to seamlessly integrate interactive digital learning materials in their classrooms.

Shree Kalika Basic School has been equipped with a total of 25 fully loaded laptops. The laptop program was launched in partnership with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Federation of Nepal Brick Industries (FNBI), as part of their Clean Brick Initiative’s Gender and Social Action Research.

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3. Laptop program launched in three new schools, supported by Rotary

OLE Nepal, in collaboration with Rotary club of Silkeborg, Denmark and Rotary Club of Kathmandu, has successfully launched the laptop program at Bagh Bhairav Basic School in Gorkha, Sagun Primary School in Gorkha and Chuna Devi Secondary School in Nagarkot. OLE’s training team conducted seven-day teacher training program at Bagh Bhairav Basic School, Gorkha, on February 13-19, 2019. Altogether, 18 teachers from all 3 schools participated in the intensive training program.  

Ward Chairperson of Gorkha Municipality, Mr. Rahmatulla Miya, attended the opening session of the teacher training program and share his words of encouragement. The training program included presentations, discussions, hands-on activities, practice teaching, and lesson planning exercises to prepare teachers to successfully conduct laptop-integrated classes. During the training, teachers were shown ways to integrate our digital resources for the improvement of learning skills of students. Trainers focused on the content digital content and their direct relation with the curriculum.

On the final day of training, there was a brief closing ceremony. Teachers shared that they had learnt a lot regarding the integration of digital content and expressed their commitment to use these resources in their daily teaching learning process. At the closing event, Mr. Shyam Prasad Dhakal, a teacher from Chuna Devi Secondary School said, “We are sure that the interactive digital learning modules and resources available in digital library will be a great asset to improve the quality of teaching learning practices in our school.”

After the training, our technical team proceeded with laptop deployment. They visited all three schools to help set up the computer labs, and install the offline digital library servers. A total of 46 durable, child-friendly, fully-loaded laptops were deployed. With 10 laptops at Bagh Bhairav Basic School in Gorkha, 17 laptops at Sagun Primary School in Gorkha, and 19 laptops at Chuna Devi Secondary School in Nagarkot, students are now able to access over 7,000 books, videos and other interactive learning resources on OLE Nepal’s digital library – E-Pustakalaya.

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4. In-school Training for laptop program schools in Tandrang, Gorkha – CoTM

OLE Nepal’s team revisited laptop program schools in Tandrang, Gorkha for the in-school training program on February 20-22, 2019. The team visited Sanskrit Secondary School, Navjyoti Secondary School and Siddhakali Secondary School, to observe classes of all trained teachers to check effective integration of technology based teaching learning. Trainers observed the teachers’ laptop integrated classes and gave feedback on their performance.

Trainers reported that most of the teachers were successfully integrating laptops and digital lessons into their daily classes. Teachers also went over the basic troubleshooting techniques, while the technical trainers checked the status of laptops, library server, school network.  In-school training also provides our teams an opportunity to deliver technical support depending upon the needs of the schools. Our team was also able to interact with the students, their parents and other community members.

After completing the classroom observations of the training, our trainers held community interaction meetings in all 3 schools to understand their involvement and get feedback on the program. Representatives from the School Management Committee (SMC), Parent Teacher Association (PTA), newly elected local representatives and parents attended the meetings where roles and responsibilities for the successful implementation of program were reiterated.

The laptop program at 3 schools in Tandrang, Gorkha was launched in partnership with Children of the Mountain.

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Positive results in laptop program schools in Doti

Background:

OLE Nepal’s  laptop program was introduced in fifteen schools in Doti on September 2017, with the deployment of laptops and installation of digital library in the schools after the completion of 7 days initial teacher training program for 65 teachers in August 11-24, 2017.  All the teachers from the schools participated in a three-stage training program designed to develop their skills and confidence in using technology in classrooms. In addition, two teaching residents were assigned to support all 15 schools for a period of four months on a rotation basis, to support students and teachers.

In order to check the effectiveness of the program on student learning (specifically in math, science and English subjects), we had conducted two sets of surveys, with the baseline survey done in September 7 to 18, 2017 (before the introduction of digital resources and laptops at the schools), and the midline survey in November 2018 (after one year of program launch).

Methodology:

The baseline survey was conducted amongst students from grade two to four of all 15 program schools. A group of 15 students from each grade were randomly picked to take the survey in three subjects, and students were further subgrouped to five students for each subject. If there were less than 15 students in a class, all the students were equally divided into 3 groups. Students were allowed an hour to complete the survey questions that consisted of multiple choice questions. Students from younger grades were guided by the enumerator or the teachers. They read the questions to the students as they might have had problems in reading the instructions. They were also given examples on how to mark the answers of their choice from the set of multiple choice questions. The baseline survey was jointly administered by the respective school teachers and the OLE Nepal volunteers. Similarly, after one year, a midline survey with the same set of questions was conducted amongst students of the same grades. The midline survey was conducted by the respective school teachers and OLE Nepal’s teaching residents. In total, 479 students from all 15 schools took the survey, and among them 51% were girls and 49% were boys.

There was varied number of students according to the grade and subjects. So, while dividing equal number of students in each subject, we have excluded or minimized extra number of students in analysis were randomly done on the basis of serial number (not relevant with obtained marks). For instance, if surveyor took the test of 13 students, then there is a difference in number for different subjects at that time. In such cases, we have excluded one person from analysis to balance equal number (4 students) in each subject. There were 15 to 45 students chosen from each school depending on the total number of students.

Data analysis:

All the tests papers were checked and scores were compiled for both the baseline and the midline surveys in excel sheets. These scores were then tabulated on excel, compared, and graphs were generated for easy comparisons.

Findings:

Average scores of Mathematics, English and Science in the baseline survey was 26.29, 38.75 and 46.74  respectively, and in the midline survey, subject wise averaged 63.89, 70.67 and 75.99 respectively. The average score of baseline survey was around 25% to 50%, but the average score of midline survey was around 60% to 80%. The average score increment was higher in math, than the increment in science and English. This shows that laptop integrating teaching method has had a positive impact on student learning. We can see increment 37.6 in math, 29.25 in science and 31.92 in English from baseline to midline.

 

Notably, all grades have shown improvements between the baseline to midline period. The graph shows the grade-wise average scores of all schools. The percentage of improvement was impressive in midline survey, in comparison to the baseline score. The average improvement of grade 3 was higher in comparison to grades 2 and 4. We can see more increment in grade 3, where the average score was 32.67 in baseline, whereas it was 70.03 in midline.

As the graph indicates, student performances in most schools have increased significantly. Krishnanagar Basic School has shown significant improvement from 35.05% to 86.43% in students learning, whereas Kaladhunga Basic School has shown relatively lower increment in performance of around 12% only.  Secondly, Kalika Basic School, Deukhala Basic School, Bhairav Basic School and Sitaram Basic School has shown around 40% increment in student performance. The digital literacy program in schools has been running smoothly and has generated interest amongst students and teachers. It ensured that each student gets to learn at his or her own pace. That has resulted in students comprehending concepts and ideas better, thus resulting in a lower standard deviation, whilst keeping a high mean.

Conclusion:

The comparison of baseline and midline survey results revealed that students have made an impressive improvement in learning English, Science and Mathematics. Though we are aware that many factors contribute to the improvement in student learning, students were able to learn concepts at a pace that would not have been possible with the traditional way of learning. As the graph indicates, student performances in all schools in three classes’ subjects have increased significantly and digital literacy program has shown positive impact on student performance. We can claim that effective integration of digital materials in the classroom practices will enhance student learning and lead to better results in future.

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Teacher Training Programs and Deployments

Over the last six months, OLE Nepal’s training and technical team has conducted 13 teacher training programs in partnership with different organisations. Altogether, teachers from over 60 schools have been trained to use technology integrated learning approach in their daily teaching.  

In the second half of 2018, OLE Nepal’s technical team prepared over 330 Raspberry Pi computers, and 323 XO laptops (E-Paati) for 39 new schools. These training programs and deployments have gone on to benefit over 20,000 students in public schools across 12 districts. Some of the projects included deployments to very remote schools.


Three new schools in Lalitpur Metropolitan Area, in partnership with KDDI and CITYNET

In partnership with KDDI Foundation, Lalitpur Metropolitan City, and CITYNET, OLE Nepal has established Raspberry Pi computer labs with digital library (E-Pustakalaya) in 3 new schools in Lalitpur. Jalapa School in Dhapakhel, Hindu Vidyapeeth School in Balkumari, and Yashodha Bauddha School in Thaina. A total of 62 fully functioning Raspberry Pi computers have been deployed to the schools.

Students of these three schools now have fast access to thousands of books and videos, as well as E-Paath for Grades 1-8. The training program was held at the respective schools in Lalitpur. The training was held from July 30- Aug 3, 2018 for a total of 58 teachers.


Six new schools in Sarlahi and Rautahat districts, in partnership  with World Education Nepal.

In partnership with World Education Nepal, OLE Nepal prepared 120 Raspberry Pi computers (20 computers per school) and 6 library servers for 6 new schools in Sarlahi and Rautahat. OLE’s technical and training team conducted a 3-day teacher training program on September 26-28, 2018 at Patan, Lalitpur. Two teachers from each school and representatives from WEI’s partner NGOs attended the training program. The schools where Raspberry Pi computer labs have been set up in Rautahat are Shree Madhyamik Vidhyalaya, Brahampuri; Shree Madhyamik Vidhyalaya, Bagahi; and Shree Sankar Secondary School, Sarmujawa. Similarly, the schools in Sarlahi the labs have been set up are Ram Janaki Secondary School, Basantapur; Shree Balgovinda Higher Secondary School, Pipariya; and Shree Keshwar Garib H.S. School, Haripurwa.


One new school in Devgir, Palpa in partnership with Peace Corps volunteer

OLE Nepal’s training team conducted a three days training on E-Pustakalaya digital library and Raspberry-Pi computers on August 10-12, 2018 at Ratna Secondary School, Devgir, Palpa. The training program was carried out in partnership with the Peace Corps volunteer, Ms. Monica Gangwar. A total of 14 teachers from the school and a program intern participated in the teacher training program.


One new school in Helambu, Sindhupalchok, in partnership with Kids of Kathmandu

OLE Nepal’s training team conducted a three days training on E-Pustakalaya digital library and Raspberry-Pi computers on September 14-16, 2018 at East Point Academy, Helambu-4, Sindhupalchok. The training program was carried out in partnership with Kids of Kathmandu. A total of 17 teachers from the school participated in the teacher training program. The school has a total of 25 fully loaded Raspberry Pi computers in their lab, that are being used by 482 students in a shared model.


Here are a few photos from the training event at East Point Academy


Smart Classroom Training in Kaski and Parbat districts, in partnership with Good Neighbors International Nepal

OLE Nepal completed ICT integrated teacher training in Kaski and Parbat. The program was conducted from November 18 – 25, 2018 for 12 schools of Parbat district in Kusma, and 13 schools of Kaski district in Pokhara. Our team conducted two training sessions in each district, with 25 participants in each session. Altogether 100 teachers were trained in Parbat and Kaski.

The training focused on child-­centered integrated teaching-­learning approach with the use of interactive digital learning content (E-Paath) and digital library (E-Pustakalaya), as well as the technical aspects of the program.

The training program was conducted in partnership with Good Neighbors International (GNI) Nepal.


Three new schools in Tandrang, Gorkha, in partnership with Children of The Mountain

OLE Nepal’s team has successfully deployed E-Paati (XO) laptops to 3 new schools in Tandrang, Gorkha (Sanskrit Secondary School, Navjyoti Secondary School and Siddhakali Secondary School). A total of 45 fully-loaded laptops (15 at each school) were deployed after the teacher training program that was held on November 18-24, 2018.

Our training team completed a seven-day intensive teacher training program for the 13 teachers of 3 schools as part of the laptop program in Tandrang. The students in these three schools now have access to curriculum-based interactive learning content (E-Paath) on laptops. They can also browse through thousands of books, learning software and educational videos on the digital library (E-Pustakalaya). Our training and technical team will revisit these schools for the in-school training program in 2019.

The laptop program for these three schools in Tandrang, Gorkha is supported by Children of the Mountain (CoTM).

Here are a few photos from the teacher training program that was held at Sanskrit Secondary School, Tandrang, Gorkha.


One new school in Phillim, Gorkha, in partnership with Rotary Club of Lalitpur Mid-town and Rotary Club of Plympton, United Kingdom.

OLE Nepal has recently conducted training on ICT-integrated teaching-learning at Shree Buddha Secondary School located in Philim Valley in Gorkha district of Gandaki Zone. The project was launched with support from the Rotary Club of Lalitpur Midtown and Rotary Club of Plympton, United Kingdom. The training program was conducted from December 5-10, 2018.

With help from the teachers, our technical team set up 35 XO laptops and 30 RPi computers in the schools computer labs. This is the first time that our team has deployed XO laptops and R Pi devices in the same school at the same time.

The training started with the introduction to E-Paati laptops (XOs), followed by introduction to E-Paath, the curriculum-based interactive digital learning materials. After a few sessions of hands-on practice on the laptops and digital content, most teachers were able to easily navigate through various grade and subject specific digital activities by the third day. They were also able to access and use other learning games on the laptops. On the fourth day, the teachers were introduced to the Raspberry Pi (RPi) devices, including demonstration on how to assemble and set up RPi devices. Teachers then learned to do the same through hands-on practice.

A total of 20 teachers from seven schools in and around the Chumnubri Rural Municipality participated in the training program.



Six new schools in Sarlahi and Rautahat in partnership  with World Education Nepal.

OLE Nepal’s training and technical team conducted a three-day teacher training program on the ‘Use of ICT in teaching learning’. The participants were trained on integrated approach to teaching learning in the classrooms with the use of OLE Nepal’s E-Pustakalaya and E-Paath, as well as the technical aspects of the program.

Participants included 9 teachers from 3 project schools (3 from each school). Following the training, all 3 schools (2 in Dhanusha, and 1 in Mahottari district) will be equipped with 20 Raspberry Pi computers and an offline digital library server.

The event was jointly organised by Community Family Welfare Association(CFWA), Dhanusha and Social Development Center (Samaj Bikash Kendra), Mahottari, in partnership with World Education Nepal. Project staff from the organizers also participated in the training. Altogether, there were 19 participants in the training program.



E-Pustakalaya Training at Byas Rural Municipality in Darchula

OLE Nepal’s trainers conducted E-Paath and E-Pustakalaya teacher training at Darchula’s Byas Rural Municipality from December 12-14, 2018. Altogether there were 22 participants, including 15 teachers from 5 schools, and IT officer of the rural municipality. The training was held at Basantapur Secondary School. Participants included 3 teachers from each of the following schools from Byas Rural Municipality: Shir Sindhaar Secondary School, Sarbaheet Aadharbhut School, Durga Isthan Secondary School, Himalaya Secondary School, and Basantapur Secondary School.

The 3-day teacher training program and the E-Pustakalaya offline digital library server at each of the 5 schools were funded by Byas Rural Municipality.


One new school in Nuwakot, in partnership with All Hands and Hearts

OLE Nepal has conducted training on ICT-integrated teaching-learning at Shree Bachchhala Devi Secondary School located in Bidur Municipality in Nuwakot district. The training program was conducted in partnership with All Hands and Hearts. The training program was conducted from December 24-27, 2018. All 15 teachers from the school participated in the training program.

After the devastating earthquake of April 2015, All Hands and Hearts had helped in the reconstruction of the school building.


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Laptop program launched in Darchula

September 2018 | Darchula

Arrival and preparation of laptops: OLE Nepal’s laptop program in Darchula was officially launched in the third quarter of 2018. The laptops for 15 program schools arrived on July 17, 2018. Our technical team conducted rounds of testing. These laptops were first quickly checked and tested for any physical damage. After that, the team installed localized operating system and loaded with OLE Nepal’s interactive digital learning content.

Teacher Training Program: After months of preparation, our training team conducted a seven-day initial training for 58 teachers from the 15 selected laptop program schools in Darchula. The training was held on August 12-18, 2018, and conducted by two teams of two teacher trainers and a technical support staff from OLE, in two parallel sessions. Altogether 58 teachers (30 Female and 28 Male) participated in the training. Four resource persons and one school supervisor also participated in the training. The training program included presentations, interactions, hands-on activities, practice teaching, and planning exercises to prepare teachers to successfully conduct technology-integrated classes. During the training, teachers were shown ways and methods for integrating available digital resources for the improvement of learning skills of students. Trainers focused on the content digital content and their direct relation with the curriculum. Bal-Pathmala contains numerous stories which are divided in three different levels. The level I contains simple and more pictorial stories whereas level II and III include comparatively more text as well as complex stories. We suggested the teachers to select these stories based on the level of their students and follow the techniques (such as repetition, teachers read aloud, students read aloud) to teach these lessons. Similarly, E-Paath in Nepali subject includes lessons with audio. These lessons are very helpful for improving students’ reading skill. The students can improve their reading skill at their own pace. We explained the procedures/techniques to the teachers to use such content.

Deployment of Laptops: After completing the training, two teams of one technical and one field staff from OLE Nepal travelled to program schools to set up the laptops in the schools. During the visit, the team also checked the solar and power backup systems that were installed in June 2018. Visiting teams briefed the teachers on basic operation and handling of the equipment such as solar batteries, inverters, solar panels and other related systems.

Baseline survey at Darchula schools: Baseline survey at fifteen schools in Darchula was conducted on August 20-29, 2018 by our deployment team. The main purpose of the survey was to assess the students’ learning achievement before the introduction of digital literacy program in the schools. Survey of student was based on the subjects and grades. Around 12 to 15 students from grade 2 to 4 were chosen randomly for the survey in English, science and maths subject. The result of this survey will be compared against the midline survey, which will be conducted a year after the introduction program in the school. This will help us to understand the impact of the program in the students and schools. We are currently in the process of data entry, collected from the survey. The results of this survey will be released together with the results of the midline survey in November, 2019.

Deploying digital library server at 15 schools in Darchula: Our field staff deployed the digital library server in all 15 schools in Darchula between the second and fourth week of September. Our initial plan to deploy the server in August was postponed due to the late delivery of servers by the supplier. The server model that we have been using to deploy the E-Pustakalaya was not available at the market, and had to request the supplier to import them. As soon as the servers arrived, our technical team tested and installed the necessary software and digital resources before sending them to the schools.

During the deployment, the field staff also conducted support to teachers and students in 15 schools. The support includes the basic orientation of local network system to run the E-Pustakalaya program and basic troubleshooting techniques. Besides, they further reiterated the techniques and methods that were discussed during the training to integrate digital resources available in the library.

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