Underserved schools in Nepal and India are always in shortage of qualified teachers. What if these schools were to be equipped with technology to enable kids to learn on their own? Under the guidance of a qualified supervisor, they would learn through free access to educational platforms like Khan Academy with some initial support to get them started. It is budget-effective and convenient to set up, and once up-and-running, this system can be run independently by each school with minimal support. With a relatively small budget, we could bring quality education to many children from underserved communities.
To bring quality education to underserved children in Nepal and India.
Year One: Start three pilot programs one each with a public, a private and a home school settings to learn and strengthen the engagement model that would suit all situations. Serve up-to 25 students with at least 4 student from each setting.
Year Two: Expand the program to total 100+ students.
1) Recruit volunteers, sponsors, educators to ensure adequate resource availability for programs sustenance.
2) Form partnership with schools in need and establish terms and conditions
3) Supply minimum of one Chromebook per two students
4) Design syllabus with international standards
4) Train the staff and students to use the technology appropriately
5) Give students access to online educational platforms like khan Academy, IXL, Acellus etc
6) Provide initial and ongoing guidance and supervision
7) Conduct periodic assessments
How can you help?
You can help in multiple ways.
1) Become a sponsor
2) Volunteer your time and skills
3) Share your expertise and experience
Please check out here for more details.
How did this project get started? Well, our president Eshan Shameem visited Nepal, his Mom’s home country, for the first time in 2015 with his parents. While they were there, his parents encouraged Eshan to use some of his hard-earned money to donate to a local school there. At first he was reluctant but being there and seeing how happy those kids were to receive a small packet of school supplies, which we take for granted everyday, made him feel humbled. He saw the faces of the kids when they opened their new supplies and it made him feel very happy. Ever since, Eshan has been happily donating some of his savings to schools and elderly homes whenever he visits Nepal.
Eshan realized that his mom was just about his age when she left Nepal and came to the US to continue her education, which led her to a life full of opportunities. In Nepali culture, reciprocity is very important. What better way to give back than by helping Nepali children access the same quality of education that we enjoy here in the United States? He started thinking about more sustainable way of supporting these underserved kids.
While Eshan was setting up his SAT prep program at Khan Academy an idea came to his mind. He knew from his time in Nepal that schools are always in shortage of qualified teachers. What if these schools were to be equipped with technology to enable kids to access affordable and quality online educational material to learn on their own?
Eshan reached out to his friends and family for help. He secured some seed money as well as a team of friends and family who were equally excited about helping him make his dream a reality.
For our pilot project we chose Divine Yog Gurukul due to its small and informal setting. This allowed us to test the framework we had designed and evolve it as needed. The students at the gurukul, who come from poor families from remote parts of Nepal, had limited access to quality education and were very excited to take part on our program.
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