Issue 36 | E-Learning Exchange | October - December 2016
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Laptops in Baitadi
More than 1,600 children in 15 primary schools in remote Baitadi district have been learning using exciting high-quality interactive digital contents loaded on durable child-friendly laptops since September 2016. OLE Nepal’s training team visited all 15 schools in December 2016 for in-school training, which is the second stage of our widely-acclaimed 3-stage teacher training program. The trainers spent two days in each school to observe laptop-integrated classes conducted by teachers who had participated in the initial training in September and provided feedback on lesson plan design and classroom delivery; held interaction programs with parents and community members; and discussed the success and sustainability of integrating technology in rural classrooms.

Read more about in-school training program in Baitadi here.

You can also read an inspiring story about
Indra Pokharel, a maths teacher at Saraswati Primary School in Maharudra, Baitadi. 

Also check
Photo Story : School life in Baitadi.

A Year in Review -- 2016
Fund for Local Cooperation Project completed

OLE Nepal successfully completed a 3 year project “Improving Access to Quality Basic Education through ICT-integrated Classes” with support from Embassy of Finland’s Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC). The project included implementation of laptop program in 15 schools in 3 districts; development of grades 7 & 8 E-Paath digital learning materials; piloting of mother tongue-based education using E-Paath translated into indigenous Chepang language; support of laptop program in Baitadi and Bajhang districts with solar power installations and digital library servers; and offline digital library servers to schools in Kavre district. Read about the recent visits to 15 FLC schools here, and about Kavre and Chitwan.                                                                                            Read More...

Fundraisers 2016!

OLE Nepal is grateful to friends and well-wishers who have supported our efforts to provide access to quality education to children in remote parts of Nepal. Their support have been critical in raising funds to buy durable laptops that we have been deploying to schools in Bajhang and Baitadi. Special thanks to Ram KC and Karen James for hosting the Annual OLE Nepal Benefit Event in Middlebury, Indiana on November 3rd. And on December 10th, Sushma KC Manandhar ran 100 miles at the Daytona100 Ultramarathon to raise funds for the children of far-western Nepal. Sushma dedicated this amazing feat to something that is close to her heart - quality education.                                                              Read More...

Dadeldhura School Visit
Solukhumbu School Visit
Laptop program was first launched in Dadeldhura district in 2009 in 3 primary schools, with 2 more added in 2011. During a support visit in December 2016, we found that most of the laptops at the schools were still functioning very well, and they were being used on a regular basis in the classroom teaching-learning process.
OLE Nepal’s training and technical teams visited Solukhumbu in December to conduct refresher training and technical support at Phaplu Community School, and 3 schools supported by Stichting Chimding - Setagaya Primary, Singhakali Lower Secondary, and Changestan Higher Secondary schools
Gorkha Schools Reconstruction Update
The reconstruction of schools damaged by the April 2015 earthquake Gorkha is well underway, with wall-level construction already been completed at Sital Danda Primary School, Hamsapur. OLE Nepal has signed an agreement to reconstruct four primary schools in the district with supported from the Air Asia Foundation.

Baglung Training and Technical Support Video

What’s New in E-Pustakalaya?
E-Paath Feature

E-Pustakalaya is a free and open repository of thousands of books, educational videos, audio-books, reference materials (Wikipedia, Open Street Maps, dictionary, etc), and learning softwares. All the content can be accessed online or can be installed in mini-computers and placed in schools and community centers so that users can access the content and download books free of charge. Recently 50 new titles have been added to the digital repository, and a total of 71 offline digital library servers were installed in schools across Nepal in 2016! Contact us if you are interested in installing offline E-Pustakalaya in your school or library.

Participating in a Fair : Sakela/Sakawa Sili: The Kirati Community in Nepal and around the world got together on December 13-17 to celebrate Udhauli Sakela - the festival of harvesting and thanksgiving. Udhauli also marks the migration of animals and birds to warmer regions before the winter. You can learn more about this festival in our Grade 8 English E-Paath. This E-Paath lesson delivers a grammar lesson on ‘requesting and replying’, with the use of relative clause ‘who’; featuring the origin of the festival through the story of Paruhang and Sumnima, significance of the festival, and the Sili dance. Learn more about SAKELA


New Working Committee of
OLE Nepal

OLE 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.

E-Paath & E-Pustakalaya on DoE’s Notice to Schools

On November 16, 2016, the Department of Education (DoE) published a notice to all on a national daily informing “students, teachers, schools and the District Education Offices” to use OLE Nepal’s digital content - E-Paath, and digital library - E-Pustakalaya.

School building design endorsed

OLE Nepal’s school building designs have been approved by the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) to meet all the code for safe school building construction. These designs can be used by anyone looking to construct safe schools.

Looking Ahead -- 2017!

After a successful year of bringing quality learning opportunities to children in schools all over Nepal, we at OLE Nepal are already looking forward to what awaits us in 2017. This is also a special year for us as we will be celebrating 10 years of working together with governmental agencies, partner organizations, education enthusiasts, communities, teachers and many wonderful individuals committed to transform the way children learn! We plan to use the 10th year not just to reflect on our successes and shortcomings, but also to study the lessons learned and hold discussions with stakeholders to set the vision for the next 10 years.


This year we will be making a major push to make our E-Paath learning content available to schools all across the country. According to the Department of Education (DoE)’s estimates, there are about 11,000 schools in the country that already have computers, and we will be working together to distribute E-Paath loaded on CDs to all these schools through 1050 Resource Centers spread across the country. We plan to provide each Resource Center with 5 CDs that they can circulate to schools in the area that have computers.


We will continue to expand our laptop program in the remote far western region with 15 new schools in Doti in partnership with UN World Food Programme. We will also be sending our first cohort of teaching residents to Baitadi for a year long residency program to support teachers and schools that have just started to use laptops in their classrooms. Laptop program will also be launched Gorkha after the completion of the reconstruction of school buildings that were damaged by the April 2015 earthquake.


We also plan to improve and upgrade our popular E-Pustakalaya digital library in 2017. The digital library repository was first designed back in 2008-09, and now is in need for technology upgrade and other enhancements for better user experience. We plan to add many new features, and also release the next version of our android app.


We will continue to innovate and test new methods and technologies to further our mission to improve the quality of education and reduce the disparity in access to quality education. And we hope to join hands with more groups and individuals who have similar vision and goals so that we can enrich learning for more children in Nepal and abroad.

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