Learnings from Covid-19

May 10, 2020 12:36 pm

Coronavirus outbreak is a global pandemic that has ravaged the world instilling anxiety, fear, and negativity in almost every one of us. It has forced us to confine ourselves to our homes suppressing our human impulses for connection and making social distancing the new normal. However, maintaining social distancing isn’t as easy as we thought it to be. Not because we don’t like staying at our homes but because humans are innately social and have always lived in groups. Therefore, when we are forced to physically stay away from others it disrupts our fundamental need for human connection.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across Nepal have been closed since March 19 and it is not clear when they will open. They could remain closed for many more days. The major challenge at this point is to ensure that all children have access to education. Many experts have expressed their opinions on the issue. Some favor online teaching methods while others opine that Nepal is not yet ready for online teaching. It is important to be clear regarding the availability of radio, mobile phone, television, computer and internet facilities as well as the current use and possibility of digital learning materials and software while discussing the matter.

Learning during lockdown

March 28, 2020 11:14 am

Due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic, all academic instructions, including schools, colleges, and universities have been shut down. This presents parents with the challenge of entertaining and educating their children during this forced break. I am sure not all children will be excited at the thought of learning during this time, but that situation is going to change soon. The euphoria of a break will soon wear off, and then children will feel pretty empty because the schools will remain closed for at least a few more weeks. Let us not think about more time than that at the moment.

Tips for learning foreign language

March 1, 2020 08:00 am

It might sound really weird, but actually speaking to yourself in a language is a great way to practice if you’re not able to use it all the time. It also helps build up your confidence for the next time you speak with someone.

How do we measure knowledge?

December 5, 2019 12:46 pm

“If you only need good grades and not the learning,” I tell my students, joking, “don’t bother using the library, learning how to use academic databases, finding and reading complex scholarly articles, and representing others’ ideas substantively and carefully in your writing.” “Just hire a good ghost writer or find another effective way to cheat me.” Students get the point quickly, and they start doing serious research and writing.

KATHMANDU, Aug 31: A government report has shown that the community-owned schools across the country are “not suitable” for conducting teaching and learning activities.

For beginner bass guitar players

July 5, 2019 19:00 pm

Every bassist needs to form their own style after a while, but here, we’ll look at some basics that will help lead you down the road of discovery.

KATHMANDU, April 21: Speakers at a programme have said learning the Chinese language would not only clear the language barriers but also pave a way for understanding each other.

Misuse of learning through technology

January 12, 2019 17:31 pm

Students, better known as learners are the future of tomorrow’s world. They are the ones who get involved in activities like gaining contemporary knowledge with the growing technology and the fast developing world.

Meet the ‘Bijuli Dai’ Singer

December 16, 2018 12:38 pm

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: When Kelsang Shrestha was an eighth grader, he was caught cheating during Nepali exam. He was actively enrolled in music and learning guitar at that time. Therefore he barely could focus on his exam. But luckily the Nepali teacher did not publicly embarrass him. She rather called him to her room after the exam.

NUWAKOT, Nov 17: Basking in the afternoon sun, around 30 people are busy making hand-woven swirl stools. At the first glance, they look like normal workers employed at a manufacturing factory. But the reality is different.

Learning barriers

September 23, 2018 01:30 am

Most inclusive schools in Nepal do not have enough teaching-learning materials for students with disability

BANEPA, Aug 5: Ubiquitous learning or u-learning; is not yet a much heard term in the country. However, this ‘portable’ teaching technique is being adopted to teach community kids in some districts including Banepa.

Shristi Shrestha on being ‘Muna’ in Romeo & Muna

Limited learning

July 6, 2018 07:48 am

Sitting for an examination can be nerve wrecking but for visually impaired Pramod Gyawali, who is currently pursing Bachelors in Education, it’s not only about butterflies in the tummy. He has to dictate the answers to a junior student who will be writing his exams for him. This, he says, is complicated for multiple reasons as well as a perfect example of a flawed education system for visually impaired people.

Learning from Sipradi

June 26, 2018 01:30 am

The confluence of policy, business and development aid has created opportunities for short-term profiteering rather than building the basis for lasting progress

Learning curve

June 11, 2018 00:30 am

What the students need to learn becomes lot more interesting and meaningful if it’s aided by skills of how to learn

A teenager who has been too focused on her studies to find a boyfriend has decided to auction her virginity, as she's not interested in finding love just yet.

If you are thinking for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then visiting the rural areas of Nepal can be the best option. Travelling and staying at home-stays in Chitwan and Tanahun can be a great option, as it will not cut into your wallet much and will help you rejuvenate fully. Here, you can also get the opportunity to experience local culture first hand.

Sunsari Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dharan is organizing a skill development training for locals of Dharan. Women Entrepreneur Management is managing the training session that began on April 7. As many as 30 people—24 women and six men—are taking the skill development training. They are creating different handicraft items made of bamboo such as pen holder, photo frame, wall clock, make-up box, fan, tray among others.

I was delighted to attend the 23rd International Conference of Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA), of which I am a lifetime member. The main themes of the event were content, language and technology in English language teaching.

Basanta Dhakal is the Principal of DAV College of Management, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur. He has also been associated with the college’s faculty of finance for the past 10 years, and his career as a financial management faculty started from the college. Currently a student of MPhil in Finance at Tribhuwan University, he has so far published two books, including Fundamentals of Investment (2066 BS) and Basic Financial Management (2069 BS).

Where learning is fun

February 9, 2018 08:56 am

How many of us remember all that we studied in school? Our minds were often like sponges, soaking up much of the information, be it through rote learning, and forgetting most of it a few months after the exams were over. Wondering whether derivatives would actually be useful in any way later on in life and figuring out the value of that dreaded ‘x’ was how most of us spent our childhoods. Creativity and thinking outside the box were considered frivolous concepts and the government curriculum that our schools followed didn’t leave much room for it anyway.

Learning Chinese

January 27, 2018 13:00 pm

BHAKTAPUR, Jan 27: Students of Grades V, VI, and VII from Baal Vikash English Secondary School in Bhaktapur are learning Chinese language along with Chinese culture, art, songs, and dance as their regular curriculum.

Learning is missing

January 16, 2018 11:45 am

Education is fundamental to the development and growth of every child. But, the painful fact is that every year many children are deprived of it. To quote Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Indeed, education has played a significant role in people’s lives. First and foremost, education can make one understand how to lead a better life.

Which language should you encourage your child to learn to benefit them a decade down the line?

Undoubtedly, reading books is a good habit which enhances our IQ level and imagination. It is also a productive medium to pass some leisure time. As we know that there are works of non-fiction and fiction, the choice varies according to people’s preferences. To those who do not read novels and other works of literature, the terms might be entirely new.

Learning dhime baja to preserve culture

January 10, 2018 13:19 pm

BHAKTAPUR, Jan 10: A group of youths at Bholachhen, Bhaktapur were busy learning the tricks of traditional musical instrument dhime baja on Tuesday. As many as 16 youngsters between the ages of eight to 22 years are in the learning group.

Practical learning

January 5, 2018 08:42 am

Not many children these days know what farming feels like and almost no one will pursue it as a career, despite the fact that our country is largely an agricultural one and that our forefathers had heavily relied on farming as their sources of livelihood. It was to prevent this loss of identity and preserve our traditional values that the Tiger Lily Petting Farm and Museum was established.

MRI scans show that memorizing ancient mantras increases the size of brain regions associated with cognitive function

Keep learning

January 4, 2018 08:50 am

Our life is guided by the learning process till the last breath. Learning is not always a fast course. Suppose, if you want to learn to ride a motorbike, then you should practice riding it regularly. Otherwise, you will not able to ride motorbikes properly at all. Learning thus applies everywhere, be it a small or a big task.

Learning Nepali with fun

December 2, 2017 08:40 am

POKHARA, DecC 2: To promote Nepali language in non residential Nepali, ‘Nepali Barnamala’ card game has been developed. Bardan Gurung who is living in Hong Kong and President of Tamu Samajha Hong Kong, Komal Gurung (Shyanjhali Kancha Dai) has designed the Nepali alphabet card.

Learning to die, learning to live

November 28, 2017 09:22 am

Death is the biggest unknown. That's why it is man's biggest fear.  It is the ultimate truth and there is no running away from it. Countless people have tried to do that in the human history, but everybody has failed.

Learning to die, learning to live

November 28, 2017 09:22 am

Death is the biggest unknown. That's why it is man's biggest fear.  It is the ultimate truth and there is no running away from it. Countless people have tried to do that in the human history, but everybody has failed.

KATHMANDU, Nov 11: A three-day conference titled ‘OLE Nepal: EdTech Conference 2017’organized by Open Learning Exchange Nepal came to an end on Friday with discussions on digital teaching and learning techniques practiced in six of the participating countries.

Learning Humility through Travel

August 27, 2017 10:38 am

KATHMANDU, August 27: Sanjay Kafle had met a guy on a chance encounter. The guy, a middle-aged man, said he lived alone in the woods, collected medicinal herbs and was notorious for making friendships with the wildlife. “He told me he preferred to be friends with elephants and lions instead of humans,” said Sanjay.

BAITADI, August 24: The students of Gyaneshwar Secondary School at Siddheshwar in Patan Municipality of Baitadi district are benefiting from the in-built Child Development Center (CDC) which has helped them study as well enjoy their time in school. The CDC has been built since seven years especially for pre-primary students.

Education is about learning

July 22, 2017 12:45 pm

In Nepal, student life has always been about carrying heavy bags and mugging up from textbooks. Nepalis believe in ‘chubbier the bag, broader the mind’. After studying a year of bachelors in Nepal, I dropped out from college and headed to China to study International Business.

The quest for better learning has always driven us to seek for an effective method of gaining productive education. With the advancement in education system, the learning process has introduced new facets to interactive learning beyond classrooms. Here, Republica talked to a few people on whether they would choose distance or classroom learning and their reasons behind their choices.

Purposeful learning

May 6, 2017 00:35 am

Intellectual and professional purposes are the horses that we must put in front of the cart of higher education

Learning from China

May 1, 2017 00:15 am

China appears poised to boost investment significantly in a range of advanced technologies in strategic sectors

A school where learning is fun

April 27, 2017 07:45 am

KHOTANG, April 27: Tek Bahadur Khati was passionately polishing a wooden table last week at a foundation which oversees his education. The boy from Likhu-2 was brought to the Jan Jagriti School, which is one of the schools run by Shubham Foundation, five years ago.

Learning from mistakes

April 14, 2017 22:15 pm

For hundreds of years, we have been scarred by bullets and hurt by the death of our loved ones. The impact caused by jealousy, hatred and greed is unbearable.

Learning beyond the classroom

April 4, 2017 03:00 am

KATHMANDU, April 3: From kindergarten through high school, students get education in science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM subjects.

Mutual learning

March 21, 2017 00:25 am

The rate of female labor force participation in South Asia varies from 16 percent in Afghanistan to 80 percent in Nepal

Learning from Bill Gates

February 20, 2017 00:15 am

The success of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation suggests if we can’t fix everything at once, we should start where we can do most good

PALPA, Dec 25: A Madrasa established at Islampur in Rampur Municipality – 6 for the Muslim community is now taking in admission of children from the Hindu community.

Digital learning

December 22, 2016 23:07 pm

You don’t always have to take classes and attend lectures to learn something new. You can now do that sitting comfortably in your bed. And there are a few courses you can take undertake that can help you advance your knowledge as well as your career. These are websites that offer a wide variety of courses over a period of time that are taught by professionals. Some of these courses even certify you by verifying you through the webcam when you take the lessons in order for you to have proof that you have taken these classes. You can use these certificates to for job applications and even for university credits.

Learning language on your phone

August 31, 2016 23:30 pm

KATHMANDU, Aug 31: Technology has ushered fundamental changes in the way people learn and access education.

ILAM, Aug 30: Of late, Russian tea specialist Alexi Sebekin could be found processing organic tea in Jasbire-based Maipokhari Tea Processing Industry, Ilam district.