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Call for Applications for 'Permanent Teaching License' :: TSC Nepal

Teachers Service Commission of Nepal (TSC Nepal) calls applications from prospective Nepalese teachers to obtain 'permanent teaching license' for upto secondary levels. The notice was published on December 7, 2011.


Please follow this link to read the 'notice' in PDF. ( http://www.tsc.gov.np/site/getFile/news/197)

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Smartboard : Use it or not?

In the context of unequal educational development across the globe, the smart technology in education with the brand name 'smartboard' has impressed people a lot.

Here, I would like to ask a question : Is sustainability of resources maintained, if we happen to install smartboards in each and every classrooms of the world?

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IdeasProject : Share ideas for Mobile based EFA projects

Nokia, UNESCO and the Pearson Foundation have all teamed up to enable people with similar interests to share ideas, connect and collaborate on solutions to EFA. The EFA Crowdsourcing Challenge is an initiative to develop various suggestions on how mobile communication can help achieve EFA goals.

more details : http://www.ideasproject.com/community/en/efa
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Workshops for Lower Secondary Level English Teachers

The British Council - Kathmandu is organising a series of Workshops for Lower Secondary Level English Teachers (suitable for sixth & seventh grade teachers) at the British Council, Nepal. The two day workshop caters to the need of Lower secondary level English teachers in Nepal. The workshop aims at equipping teachers with effective methods, resources, practical ideas and activities that can be implemented in real-life classroom situations. These workshops have been developed, complete with materials and a certificate of participation will be provided to all participating teachers.

Workshop dates: 2 and 3 December 2011

Time: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Venue: Learning Centre, British Council, Nepal

OTHER INFORMATION

Registration for the workshop open now
Registration Fee, Rs. 2000 (for total 10 hours)
They have limited seats and registration will be done on first come first basis.
Break in between with refreshment.

Link:http://www.britishcouncil.org/nepal-learning-centre-workshops-for-_teachers.htm
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Gardening, Garden Photography

The contemporary sustainable development education practitioners prioritise learning through garden. The sustainable schools are eager to maintain gardens at schools. The pollination garden helps kids to learn about importance of plants and their reproduction appropriate to go for sustainability. I tried to click some wonders of gardens in my localities.





I expect Nepalese teachers share their garden pictures with students. This will add to sustainable development education.
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World Business Dialogue, 2012

University of Cologne, Germany is hosting maor students conference in which world students have a fruitful dialogue with top businesses. Scholarships for sponsoring travel tickets are available.
More information : Click here.
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ACLL 2012 : The Asian Conference on Language Learning


26-28 April Osaka, Japan
WEBSITE : http://acll.iafor.org/
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Dialogue and communication skills online workshop

The Earth Charter International Secretariat in collaboration with Stephanie Tansey is organizing a free online workshop on dialogue and communication skills to promote sustainability.
You are invited to attend this workshop that will take place on October 13th at 13:00hrs GMT
(2:00pm London time, 9:00am New York time, 9:00 pm China time).
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The Learning Teacher Network's 8th International Conference

The 8th International Conference: "Creating Knowledge and Wisdom in Education and Training"

8th International Conference will be held at the elegant, four star Boscolo Plaza Hotel in Nice, France on May 10-12, 2012. The title of the conference is “Creating Knowledge and Wisdom in Education and Training”.
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Cultural Performance : ESD approach



Involving kids in cultural performance enables them to understand values and innovations in culture during ancient ages. This enables them to be coherent in the society. They find 'real' social media in such events. They will be able to develop and enhance cultural tourism attraction. They may be interested in social research on this ground. They feel that they have identity and keep self-esteem.

Nepal has many faces/ethnicity with many different cultural practices. It will be a cultural haven if kids are involved in cultural studies. Cultural performance is the practical aspect of such measure.
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A Missed Opportunity


"Time and tide wait for none."

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I got a phone call by the Principal of my college on the late fine morning of February in 2007 whilst I was teaching in a class. The foremost, I was not much excited but was keen on finding how he had found my school’s phone no. inasmuch as I had not shared my office's phone to anyone. I was really possessed with his call because we had holidays for the preparation of bachelor's first year exams.
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CDKN Innovation Fund - now open for applications

The first deadline for applications to the Innovation Fund is 28 October 2011, 17:00 (GMT+1)

The CDKN Innovation Fund will support and promote innovative thinking and innovative action on climate change and development issues, with several application rounds over the next year (2011-12).
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6-month service learning program in Seattle, Washington, USA


International applications for the 2012 program are due November 18, 2011.

EarthCorps offers a 6-month service learning program in Seattle, Washington, USA that brings together emerging environmental leaders to learn the fundamentals of:
* Environmental Service
* Community Building
* Leadership
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Value Education : discourses within an ESD practitioner


Background

The contemporary globe spinning and spinning with a pace, literally much at higher speed than before, has begun to fade 'the philosophy' off. 'The system' that we are a part of, is a vicious cage of materialistic boundary. Here, having discourses upon education system all over the world, we can conclude that education or graduates are serving not actually to live their lives, moreover to strengthen the materialistic boundary of the (literally) caged lives.
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WHY TEACHERS ARE NOT "THOSE WHO CAN'T"

Naturally, I began teaching for the money and the prestige. Who wouldn’t want to stand around a cocktail parties listening to some puffed-up acquaintance on a six-month consulting stint drone “Yeah, I mean teaching is great and all. But what will you do next?”
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Our Exams Are A Joke

All students are afraid of examinations as they are a stressful experience. But the examinations that I sat for last week were quite different. A week ago, I finished my Master’s first year examinations which were very terrible. The exam environment made me feel as if I was doing class work in my classroom.
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Schools Acclimatizing for Invitational Education at 21st Century




The overall development of the country completely depends on the qualitative education. Education is not only to be the acquisition of knowledge, passing examinations and receiving degree, but is to be job oriented education so as to adjust in the society and enable the citizen to get name and fame and spend life hilariously. For this purpose, invitational education is indispensable.
The invitational education helps to prevail favourable conditions in the formal or informal schools where people go and learn. In accordance with Purkey and Novak (1988) the implementation of invitational education is the root for all sort of development of each and every citizen across the country. Thus, the school environment should be favourable and unspoilt by any means. To create such school environment the basic infrastructure should be well-maintained. The basic requirement so as to provide conducive work environment education is the most essential, valid and relevant curriculum, manageable competent and capable skill of deliberation, favourable healthy environment and continuous monitoring and evaluation, supportive and capable of management committee, and basically the leadership of the scholastic institutions indeed.

The significance, validity, usefulness of relevant curriculum proves in creating healthy environment in the school settings. The current curriculum prescribed by government is one which is based and privileged on the basis of the learner-centred and interest of multicultural, multirational, multiregional ground. In addition to these learners’ interest, it also considered to be based on national and international up to date context.

Teachers, the architects or painters of nation destiny are the persons who implement or carry out the curricula. In this sense teachers are important agent in invitational education. For these reasons, the teachers are to be trained well, and teachers should possess feeling of fraternity and fruition not only to teach or perform their regular duties but also to comprehend and tackle the academic challenges. They also equally need to assess the students objectively and develop tools/tactics and lead the students to the right stairs of success. To fulfill this task either the teachers should be secured and satisfied with their duties or sometimes heads of schools should hobnob with staffers so as to bring their concealing feelings to the light. It is obvious that satisfaction leads to the positive attitudes and dedication. Marsh, Cacioppe and MIllef (1994) started “An effective business and low turnover.” If the teachers are less satisfied with their work owing to any reasons other than education will become less committed to practise their duties and impinge on quality education.

To go beyond these corrupted and polluted conditions, the head of institutions is to play the role be alert and endeavour to create digestive condition by conducting regular staff meetings, facilitating, monitoring regualry, encouraging and supporting the teachers and respecting, responding, rewarding, directing/counseling appropriately at the time of their work. As a result the teachers will feel triumph and good about themselves and enable them to empower the students. Teachers should not be made to dun rather to drudge otherwise it results in sluggishness. Frenetic activities may result in woeful status so, it should be discouraged. School should always readily acclimatize each time at this 21st century. Research studies launched by Stout and Oukley (1989) Hinaiden (1991) emphasized on the role of principals in achieving school effectiveness and investigated the arena in which school leadership affects performance of school.

Besides above addressed issues, the physical facilities and well-decorated classroom and the building are the one that in reality affects the students. Obviously, those human beings are mostly attracted and interested to enroll the students in such institutions consisting of breathtaking surrounding. Good management of schooling is another important factor that counts a lot in imparting quality education. To manage good leadership will, it is significant to manage well and facilitate school education but also to breed educational environment for invitational education by launching regular staff meeting, admiring and guiding school teachers, conducting workshops, establishing good relationship amongst the students, parents, community and rest of educational institutions. In advance of appointment of any staff, school committee should vet. Some schools like—Rato Bangla, St. Xavier, Budhanilkantha, Chelsea International Academy are the examples that are acclimatizing for invitational education.

Apart from internal factors, external factors are also equally important for conducive environment. The favourable external cooperation helps much in prevailing healthy school environment. Less interference from the outside on the ground of gender, racial, racial, religious, groupism, politicization creates and thrives invitational education. In creating the healthy and favourable environment the students’ involvement and participation are also vital. The capabilities, attitudes, qualities of students help in sustaining the healthy environment in schools. Congenital students are to be cared under proper supervision. As per C. Maskey—it is joyful to teach the students who possess the essential qualities like—respect for others, citizenship, fairness, perseverance, compassion, honesty, responsibility. They must have positive attitudes towards the institution and personnel who go hand in hand. The active role and responsibility of parents, community members cannot be abnegated and should considered also equally important in institutional development.

In a nutshell, the overall system should be favourable and followed on the agreed upon criteria. This is the most significant factor to strengthen hygienic advancement or achievement of any institutions. For the very task all the people should develop the democratic norms and values without which, even if all the factors are positive, no one develops and sustains the favourable condition and leads the institutional climate for invitational education. Wishing all the founders of scholastic institutions to have hope and be positive and enthusiastic in this direction for better environment and future. After discouraging the sloppy practices, new tactic is to be employed to lead the institution to the leading path.

Amar Limbu

Contact No. +00977-9803685286, Koteshwor-35, Kathmandu. Email: amarsherma@gmail.com,

Profession: Currently teaching at Chelsea Int’l Academy & GCE-A Level College, Central Baneshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal.
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For Sustainable Development


Sounds very pleasing and inspiring, when we gossip on SD.


Let me extract some words of J.A. Eliott ::
… It will be seen that sustainable development in the future requires actions for change at all levels, adressing both the human and physical environments and through interventions in physical, political-economic and social processes …

Adams (1990) :: ..the concept of sustainable development cannot be understood in a historical vacuum… necessary to understand the changes in thinking and practice from which the concept has developed. Of particular importance are the changes in thinking about what constitutes development and how best to achievce it, and changing ideas about the ‘environment’.

We youth, in this particular issue, need to access if our each and every thinking, actions are sustainably favourable for the planet Earth? We are the part of the ‘population bomb’ ; its critical time to access how green we think and how we transform those thoughts into actions.

Few examples to check, have we begun ?? ::
1> replaced traditional bulbs with CFLs?
2> planted and cared some 5 trees?
3> walked some less than 5 Kms, rather than using automobiles?
4> reused the back side of ‘printed and outdated non-confidential letters’?
5> …
6> …
This will become a BIG checklist, so as to incorporate the actions of ‘two worlds :: developing and developed’.
Rest is upon us, lets transform our enthusiasm into actions ..
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