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Our NPO members participate in Microsoft Nepal’s program

Two representatives from YouMe Nepal, Ms, Saraswoti Rai and Jharana Rai participated in the “NGO Day event” and “Experts Educators Conference” organized by Microsoft Innovation Centre, Nepal on December 11, 2015. Altogether, 17 NGOs from different parts of the country participated in the program

microsoftMicrosoft Innovation Center Nepal (MIC) is Microsoft’s branch working as its wing in Nepal to provide different facilities and launch their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related programs. It has a network of 100 centers in 40 different countries. It has been offering a comprehensive set of programs and services to students, entrepreneurs, academicians, professional software developers, IT professionals, local government agencies, organizations etc. The mission of MIC is to bring together people and organizations in the software ecosystem and give them access to resources, experts and facilities, collaborations and skills development.

The main purpose of NGO Day event was to highlight on the use of technological tools like crowd funding that help in raising funds for NGOs to run their programs. It was also aimed at empowering government School by donating computer lab under MIC`s “Edunet Nepal Program” i.e. “Infrastructure Donation and Digital Literacy Training Program” that have been operational in several public schools of the country.
microsoft 2The Microsoft education programs and technology showcase was the main highlight of Educators Conference. During the conference, 120 educators from various parts of the country came together and discussed on how technology could be useful in educational institutions. It was organized to celebrate the importance of teacher’s contribution and educate them about the usage of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools as a motivating factor for teaching. By familiarizing teachers with new innovations, it was targeted at creating practical and productive teaching-learning environment at schools.

microsoft 3Being informed about several dimensions of technology, our members learned about digital literacy and the role it plays in the enhancement of students` intellectual growth. They also had an opportunity to interact with the representatives of several NGOs and shared our organizational vision. Most importantly, they got feedback from the organizers on the concept of our second school (which would be integrating ICT in its curriculum) that is in the planning phase.

Economic blockade in Nepal

Nepal is a land-locked country with a complex topography.  The Himalayan region in the Northern border makes it hard for Nepal to build a good transportation system linking with China. India borders Nepal in three directions; namely East, West and South. While there is a provision of visa requirement for Nepalese to go to China, no such provisions are required for the people of Nepal and India to cross the border. Therefore, Nepal has no choice but to depend heavily upon India to meet most of the daily needs.

In April-May 2015, Nepal suffered a deadly devastation as the result of a massive earthquake. It is estimated that more than $7 billion will be required for the reconstruction purpose. Enlisted as one of the least developed countries, allocating such a huge sum of money for reconstruction remains a challenge for Nepal. Lack of technical capacity, infrastructure, human resources etc. delay the process. Despite these challenges, Nepal is continuously struggling to march ahead towards the path of recovery.

Just four months after such an upheaval, what has aggravated the plight of Nepalese people is the continuous economic blockade imposed by India starting September this year. The cumulative loss from the blockade has exceeded the amount of money allocated by Nepal for post-disaster reconstruction.

Nepal amended its new constitution in September 2015 for the first time after it turned into a federal democratic republic since 2008. With the political reforms in the country, federalism had stood as a big issue. While there are so many factors that prevent new federalism structure from its implementation, one of the major one has been the dissatisfaction shown by a greater fraction of people residing in the Southern belt.

People in the south (commonly known as Madhesi) claim that they have not been able to enjoy equal rights as other Nepalese. However, it should be acknowledged that new constitution has given a lot of priority rights to represent these people at the core of the national politics. Turning their dissatisfaction into protests, people in South demand an ethnic divide of the country.

Making the unrest in southern plain a cause, India has stopped supplying the daily necessities into Nepal for the last two months disregarding various bilateral, regional and international agreements. This has led to a severe humanitarian crisis in Nepal at the moment. There is shortage of fuel, food and critical medical supplies throughout the country. According to UNICEF, the disruption of vital life services has put more than three million infants at risk of death or disease. More than 1.6 million children have been deprived of schooling in the due course. Due to the lack of gas supplies, people are compelled to use firewood to cook food at the moment. Peoples rising dependence on firewood has increased indoor pollution. Fuel crisis has triggered black-marketing.

Therefore, it is very necessary for us to give a due consideration to this crisis and spread the message to the international community to help 28 million people of Nepal.

The development of education system in Nepal

If we look back to the history of educational development in Nepal, we can find that in the past education meant either “home-schooling” or “Gurukula.”
Home-school refers to educating children inside the home either by parents or by selected tutors. In other words, there is an absence of formal environment to learn in home-schooling.  “Gurukula” is the education system where “Guru” (which means a teacher in Sanskrit) teaches his “Sikshyas” (students) collectively (Kula in Sanskrit means an extended family) under a particular setting regardless of one’s caste, creed, or social standing.

The first formal school was established in Nepal in the year 1853 but its access was limited to the elite group only.   This means only a certain group of the society would get an opportunity to go to school and enjoy the facilities available there. However, with the introduction of democracy in the country in 1951, education system was opened to a more diverse population. At this time, there were 300 schools and about 10,000 students in the country with a literacy rate of 5%. While a very few people from different backgrounds could enjoy the benefits of education, women were not encouraged or allowed to go to school even then because of the traditional nature of society.

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The bringing of Educational Plan in 1971 is believed to have contributed significantly for the development of educational setting in the country. While the process is still slow as compared to other countries, what should be noted is that about 49,000 schools have been built in the country by the year 2010. The literacy rate has grown up to 60.3% (Male: 73% and Female: 46.3 %.)

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We should not forget that the exclusion of women and marginalized people is still taking roots in the Nepalese society. In order to overcome these constraints and promote a culture of equitable access to education, we need schools that have the required capacity (financial, technical, as well as intellectual) to address the needs of modern society. In addition to passing the message of “paying back to society” to the kids, YouMe School is established also to serve the purpose of combating the existing social evils.

For more information, please visit the following sites:

http://www.doe.gov.np/ (Nepali)