KATHMANDU, March 15: A beautiful blend of curiosity and happiness radiates the faces of thousands of children when they turn on their mini laptops in the class. They carry their excitement all the way to school in order to learn new things through the laptops provided by Open Learning Exchange (OLE) Nepal.
Working in more than 225 schools in 34 districts across Nepal, OLE Nepal is a tech-friendly social benefit organization established in 2007. It has been working with the vision of reducing the disparity in access to quality learning resources across geography and schools through innovative application of technological tools.
Partnering with Government of Nepal’s Department of Education, it has launched laptop based integrated learning initiative in 2008 which has gradually expanded the project to many schools.
E-Paath, one of the major projects of OLE, is a multimedia-based digital program that can be used free of cost. It is a collection to education centered digital learning activities aligning with the national curricula. The interactive lesson is designed by a proficient team of designers, educators and programmers working together to engage students into fun, meaningful and tech-friendly learning. The lessons have been approved by the Curriculum Development Center of Nepal’s Ministry of Education partnering with the Department of Education.
OLE also has e-library, E-pustakalaya, which is the free web digital library service that is designed to places where internet access is geographically and financially challenging. E-pustakalaya provides access to thousands of e-books, educational videos, audio books and learning software for its users. It has provided trainings to the trainers and resource person to apply technology tools and digital content. Working together with teachers over a long period of time, it has contributed to boost the local capacity by gradually building skills and confidence to efficiently apply technologies in classrooms.
“Working in OLE Nepal has been a very rewarding experience. At OLE Nepal, we believe that the education system needs to be transformed to make learning more meaningful and engaging, and technology is the medium that allows young students to focus on their strengths and learn at their own pace,’’ says Trishala Hirachan, communications and outreach officer at OLE Nepal.
OLE Nepal is introducing the laptop program in fifteen new schools in Doti district and four new schools in Gorkha which were destroyed during the earthquake in 2015. The school buildings are being reconstructed with the initiation of OLE Nepal and financial support from AirAsia Foundation.