External Video: RSA Animate: Changing Education Paradigms

“Don’t look. Don’t copy. That’s cheating! Outside school, that’s called ‘collaboration’.” – Sir Ken Robinson

This is a video animation based on a presentation given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, a world-renowned education and creativity expert. In it, Robinson argues the need to change the current education paradigm, whose origins are rooted in the ideas of academic ability of the industrial revolution, to match the current world in which we live. Education is modelled after the interests of industrialism, notably by it’s assembly line-like design. “Why is there this assumption that the most important thing kids have in common is how old they are?

“We are getting our children through education by anaesthetizing them. We should be waking them up to what is inside of themselves!”

Please view the video below for the presentation:

View here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

Open University of Nepal: Vision for Future

Written by Dr. Drona Rasali, Dr. Pramod Dhakal / Dr. Ambika Adhikari, Dr. Raju Adhikari
Originally published by Nepal Republic Media / MyRepublica.com 

OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NEPAL

The growing thirst for education has been one of the most inspiring developments in Nepal lately. But despite the progress in basic education, the access to higher education in the country is still limited with an overall low gross enrolment rate. This is the result of rampant disparity in access to higher education across income quintile, gender, caste/ethnicity and geography. Especially alarming is the fact that the bottom two-fifth of the country’s population by income has less than two percent gross enrolment rate.

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CFFN 2012 Annual General Meeting – Report

Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) held its seventh Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Ottawa Citizen Hall Conference Centre. The main aim of the meeting was to review CFFN’s past activities and discuss ideas of how to move forward our agenda for the education and well being of Nepal and Nepalese. Members, their families, guests and those who have an interest in CFFN activities have attended the meeting. Those who could not be in attendance have participated in the meeting through Skype conference call. The event was emceed by, CFFN Executive Secretary Dr. Bishwa Regmi. He also highlighted the AGM program outline.

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Yuba Sanchar: Youth Oral Presentation – Swagat Ghimire

 *This show is in Nepali Language*

In this presentation, Swagat Ghimire talks about many Nepali children’s preference to visit developed countries over Nepal for reasons like having to meet relatives, eat rice often, etc.

Swagat makes the case that visiting different developed countries don’t give wholly different experiences. A ride at an amusement park is the same regardless of where the ride is. But Nepal is a world by itself. For example, the experiences one can attain in Pokhara, Kathmandu and Lumbini all have their unique features worth seeing. Despite this, Swagat isn’t blind to the problems either. Frequent street protests pose difficulties for tourists. Nepali politicians take note! And to other children: when you do go to Nepal, try to get out a little – there is a lot to see!


२०६९ सालको नेपाल गणतन्त्र दिवसको उपलक्ष्यमा नेपाली राजदुतावास अटवा
क्यानाडा र अंतरराष्ट्रीय नेपाली साहित्य समाज अटवाको संयुक्त आयोजनामा
क्यानाडाको राजधानी अटवामा गरिएको वक्तृत्वकला प्रतियोगितामा श्री स्वागत
घिमिरेले  राखेका भनाईलाइ युवा संचार रेडियो कार्यक्रमको यो बिशेष

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Yuba Sanchar : Youth Oral Presentation - Swagat Ghimire

 

Yuba Sanchar: Youth Oral Presentation – Kusum Sharma

 *This show is in Nepali Language*

In this Yuba Sanchar special presentation, Kusum Sharma recites the presentation she delivered at an oral presentation competition held by the International Nepali Literacy Society (INLS). She speaks about famous Nepali poet Laxmi Prasad Devkota and his dedication to Nepali literature. Kusum recites a passage from one poem about people becoming big by their hearts, not their castes, connecting the importance of this message to modern day Nepal.


२०६९ सालको नेपाल गणतन्त्र दिवसको उपलक्ष्यमा नेपाली राजदुतावास अटवा
क्यानाडा र अंतरराष्ट्रीय नेपाली साहित्य समाज अटवाको संयुक्त आयोजनामा
क्यानाडाको राजधानी अटवामा गरिएको वक्तृत्वकला प्रतियोगितामा सुश्री
कुसुम शर्माले राखेका भनाईलाइ युवा संचार रेडियो कार्यक्रमको यो बिशेष

Video:

video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw7H07cCeYU

Audio:
Yuba Sanchar : Youth Oral Presentation - Kusum Sharma

 

Yuba Sanchar: Youth Oral Presentation – Reshma Dahal

 *This show is in Nepali Language*

In this Yuba Sanchar special presentation, Reshma Dahal recites the presentation she delivered at an oral presentation competition held by the International Nepali Literacy Society (INLS). She speaks about bringing a bright future to Nepal by uniting its people of varied cultural, linguistic, geographic and economic backgrounds.


२०६९ सालको नेपाल गणतन्त्र दिवसको उपलक्ष्यमा नेपाली राजदूतावास अटवा क्यानाडा र अंतरराष्ट्रीय नेपाली साहित्य समाज अटवाको संयुक्त आयोजनामा क्यानाडाको राजधानी अटवामा गरिएको वक्तृत्वकला प्रतियोगितामा सुश्री रेश्मा दाहालले राखेका भनाईलाइ युवा संचार रेडियो कार्यक्रमको यो बिशेष प्रस्तुतीमा प्रस्तुत गरिएका छन्  . उनी भन्छिन, विभिन्न सामाजिक आर्थिक भौगोलिक तथा सांस्कृतिक पहिचान भएका नेपालीहरु साचो अर्थमा एक नभए सम्म नेपालको भबिष्य उज्ज्वल बनाउन सम्भब छैन .

Video:

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzxV74DlMbA 

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Yuba Sanchar : Youth Oral Presentation - Reshma Dahal

 

Online and USHA – CFFN 2012 Annual General Meeting Update

Online Updates

New CFFN Site

New CFFN Site

CFFN.ca Website

Recently, CFFN has launched a new website. This site is designed to be much easier to  find new updates, articles and other content and be easier to search for older archived material. The Radio initiative has been fully integrated into this new site, making all new radio updates part of CFFN’s updates.

Visitors can also comment on and be part of discussions about articles and other topics.  If they so desire, it is possible to share our content with Facebook, Twitter, and Google+  directly from the article.

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4C Update – 2012 Annual General Meeting Report

Last fall Mike and I (Tineke) went back to Nepal and visited Drona Rasali and his uncle Om Prakash. We discussed the plan to start a daycare in their village of Humin, Palpa District.

Om and Arjun Rasali will be starting the ground work of finding a space for the daycare and looking for 2 teachers. We also hired Bel G.C. to help us with different tasks for CFFN. Bel G.C. came with us to visit Madi and discus the progress of the daycare building and help the farmers with growing vegetables in the dry season so that they can sell those in the villages nearby. This would help the village to become self sufficient. The building still needed a fair bit of work but they were hopeful to have it done before the monsoon season.

We identified a lack of early child care teaching opportunities and consequently when we returned to Pokhara we had meetings with Milan K.C. who owns a Montessori School to discuss setting up a Montessori Teacher Training Institute. Tineke has been working with Milan to develop the curriculum for the training. We also have had meetings back in Canada with officials to investigate how to have the Montessori Teaching Institute accredited internationally. The teaching program will start this summer in Pokhara. We will train the teachers, who we will hire for our 4 C program. Bel G.C. has been in contact with Madi village and Humin village community members. Milan K.C. is set to visit Madi and Humin in the next few weeks. Our plans are to visit Nepal again in the fall and continue with our projects. We will continue the updates as the work progresses.

Thank you all.

Book Project Update – 2012 Annual General Meeting Report

Book Project: Sustainable Livelihood System in Rural Nepal

One of the major objectives of CFFN is to facilitate research activities focusing on the economic development of Nepal.  The book is aimed for a wide audience including academia, practitioners, program planners and policy makers. The book will cover six key themes of sustainable livelihood system that include a mosaic of subsistence agriculture, natural resource management, off-farm income source, social equity and justice, health and hygiene and capacity building.

This book project aims to contribute towards the sustainable development of rural society, which is in line with the CFFN’s objective to help Nepal and Nepalese people for their social and economic development.

This book will have certain unique traits that will differentiate it from the many text books and reference books being produced in Nepal in this topic. First, the book chapters will be contributed by distinguished expert researchers, and professionals in the respective fields of their expertise in the development of rural Nepal. The book chapters will translate their scientific knowledge, skills and experiences to social science for the sustainable livelihood systems in rural areas. Secondly, the book will add value by contributing an international perspective and comparative analysis. Further, it will address different aspects of livelihood of rural population in Nepal from the sustainability lenses.

Broad themes of the book chapters

  1. Sustainable Crop and Livestock Farming
  2. Sustainable Natural Resource Management
  3. Integrated Community Development
  4. Food Security and Socio-Economic Dimensions
  5. Off-Farm Activities and Income for Rural Livelihood

Members of the Editorial Board

  1. Prof. Ambika Adhikari, Chief Editor
  2. Dr. Kalidas Subedi
  3. Mr. Michael Cassey
  4. Dr. Drona Rasali
  5. Dr. Bharat Shrestha
  6. Dr. Bhim Adhikari
  7. Dr. Bishwa Regmi
  8. Dr. Krishna Hari Gautam
  9. Dr. Ishara Mahat
  10. Dr. Govinda Dahal
  1. Initial invitation to contribute a book chapter was sent to potential authors before the start of winter holiday season
  2. Three meetings of editorial board have been organized (Feb 12, March 22 and May 27, 2012) that refined the themes of the book, finalized the framework and guidelines to the authors
  3. Final framework of the book and guideline to the authors  have been provided to theme editors to send to the potential authors of respective theme
  4. Till now total 33 authors have expressed their willingness to contribute book chapters
  5. The editorial board is searching a potential publisher in coordination of the chief editor

Some points still under discussion

  1. How to publish an economic edition of the book – as the western publication will be too expensive to afford for users in the developing countries
  2. If CFFN need to publish itself, how to afford the cost of the publication

Any suggestions and questions are welcome. For further information please write to editors@cffn.ca or visit www.cffn.ca.

Thank you,

Ishara Mahat
Bharat Shrestha

 

Open University of Nepal Update – 2012 Annual General Meeting Report

Espousing an unquenchable thirst for education among the people has been one of the greatest inspiring developments in Nepal by the turn of the last century. Despite much progress made in basic education, the World Bank data indicate that the access to higher education in the country is still severely limited with the overall low gross enrolment rate. Especially alarming is the fact that the bottom two-fifth of the country’s population is recorded to share less than two percent gross enrolment rate. The expansion in higher education intake has taken place mainly in the private sector. This trend is likely to further widen the gap of educational access between those who can pay for higher education and those who cannot. Further, the quality of higher education in Nepal is inconsistent across the colleges. The public campuses often have fared worse than their private sector counterparts. This demands for a systemic arrangement for quality control and accreditation, and mechanisms to uplift the quality of publicly managed higher education. One of the approaches to enhancing the universal access, enrolment rate and quality in higher education is the open and distance education system, which can complement the campus-based conventional education. Open education is also necessary to remove the manifold barriers, and thus to help bring higher education particularly to the disadvantaged.

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CFFN Volunteer of the Year Announcement – 2012 Annual General Meeting

At Canada Foundation for Nepal’s seventh Annual General Meeting, Dr. Govinda Dahal announced that the recipient of CFFN’s 2012 Volunteer for the Year Award is Benjamin Wood. This is an award given to an individual showcasing excellence in helping CFFN spread the light of knowledge.

Ben Wood at the OUN Office

Benjamin Wood at the Open University of Nepal office in Kathmandu, Nepal

Benjamin Wood was chosen for this award for his continued role in shaping the organization, his initiative in overhauling and updating the CFFN website, his contributions to the Open University of Nepal Initiative while in Kathmandu last fall, and fundraising efforts in the form of a Nepal photography book.

He is the first to receive this award twice since the award’s inception four years ago. Past recipients include:

  • 2011: Manju Adhikari
  • 2010: Geeta Thapa
  • 2009: Benjamin Wood

2012 Annual General Meeting Brief Introduction

By-laws and direction of the organization to continue to focus on education and wellbeing.

Life cycle approach

  1. Community Child Care Centre – Education Initiative
  1. Madi Child Care Centre – Baglung
  1. Establishment of a community child care centre in Baglung through community initiative
  2. We helped for its educational content and teaching materials, teaching methods, teachers’ training, collaboration with District Education Office, Baglung – teachers’ salary, activities initiated for its sustainability
  3. Big thank you to Tineke Casey  and Michael Casey and you will hear in detail from them
  • Humin Child Care Centre – Palpa
    1. It is in the process of establishment
    2. We just completed one Charity Dinner Program to support this initiative
    3. Big Thanks to Robin Pudasaini, Tineke Casey, Michael Casey and CFFN board members, and all others who supported for this initiative
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