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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Deepest lake of Nepal : What are you teaching ?

Phoksundo lake (Source: Wikipedia)
I still remember being much enthusiastic in learning geography at school. Those days were not as gadgetful as these days. However, I still have good impression of learning as our country Nepal was still in 'development' and I was lucky enough to learn English right from the age of 6.

These days, the resources like internet, TV, and more have made the learning much easier than before. Of course, the learning and teaching in the whole world is getting technology as boon for efficient output.

Let me mention here the 'pros' and 'cons' of teaching with technology. Most of the developed countries have already set the materials for teaching (based on age specific curriculum) from their own 'education departments' , which the teachers can access using the classroom's PCs or laptops. This is indeed the scientific utilisation of resources.

Many other enthusiastic teachers who wish to give data, specific about 'deepest lake' , 'highest peak' (or anything like these) may do something wrong if they continue without having skeptical eyes on the 'internet' or 'whatever they learned from their school-teachers'. I came across this situation when I tried to proofread the then fact about the Phoksundo lake (Dolpa, Nepal).
Rara lake (Source: Wikipedia)

Wiki about Rara Lake (see. Max Depth) , that about Phoksundo Lake (see. Max Depth) and the relevant web archive of authentic News from professional web portal of Nepal led me to rethink about how to prepare before I teach, even about the (then) established fact about geography (and may be other subjects).

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program : The US Embassy, Kathmandu

The US Embassy, Kathmandu is accepting applications for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) program, a six-week academic program for qualified secondary school teachers of English as a Foreign Language, social studies, mathematics, and science. Applications must be received no later than February 10, 2012.

Full program information and application materials can be found at

Practical School Leadership Training :: ECEC Nepal

When : Sunday, 29 January 2012 at 09:00 until Tuesday, 31 January 2012 at 16:00

Where :ECEC, Bhanimandal, Jawlakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal


'Practical School Leadership Training'
Conducted by
• Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC)
• Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC)

Duration : 3 days (18 hours)

This is an excellent opportunity for you to build on your leadership skills.
In addition these sessions will give further practical advice on the topics covered in the Leadership Training Seminar held at the Annapurna Hotel on 7th and 8th December 2011

Topics to be covered :
• Making your mission, vision, values real
• Servant Leadership
• Managing Change
• Emotional Intelligence
• Managing Conflict
• Time Management

Venue: ECEC training centre (Bhanimandal)
Dates: 29 – 31st of January 2012
Time: 9 am – 4 pm.

Contact Tel. : +977 15548439 / 15549063


Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Call for Submissions for Peace Education in Action Online Course

Teachers Without Borders is seeking contributions of narrative case studies on peace education in action around the world. The contributions will be used for an Open Education Resource (OER) course that will examine how peace education is being implemented globally as well as peace education promising practices and lessons learned. The OER course intends to raise awareness of the myriad of forms that peace education can take in different contexts and settings.

All submissions are due via e-mail by February 1, 2012. A contribution should be in narrative form (1500-2500 words in length) and should describe the peace education project in detail. It should include:

• description of the context and setting

• rationale for the peace education project/intervention

• thorough description of the project and implementation

• explanation of evaluation methods

• promising practices and lessons learned

• contributor’s contact information (name, e-mail, website, and organization)

The case studies do not necessarily have to be success stories. While examining promising practices is one goal of this OER course, TWB also wants to examine what does not work and why.

Course developers will review submissions in the month of February and authors will be notified of the selection of their contribution and following steps toward publication by March 1, 2012. Multiple authors per submission (e.g. the combined perspective of two practitioners or a practitioner and participant together) are allowed, as long as a narrative style is maintained.

This is an ideal opportunity for peace education programs to publicize their presence, engage in reflective practice, and share important experiential lessons. The OER course will be used around the world by both experienced and novice peace education practitioners.

Please feel free to share this message with colleagues, as the goal of the project is to obtain a wide range of submissions in order to fairly represent effective practice across a variety of experiences.

With further questions on the submission process, please email Stephanie Knox Cubbon or Amanda Munroe at

For more information on Teachers Without Borders, the Peace Education program, or similar Peace Education OER curricula, please visit the Teachers Without Borders Peace Education Program page.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Tossing to be a teacher

'Teacher' sounds normal, the one who teaches; everybody knows it. Once someone said-"Everyone and everything is a teacher”. Sounded normal; so didn’t have any note of decent. I nodded yes. There wasn’t any reason to probe whether it's true or false; so I agreed.

"Everyone and everything is a teacher". Why? Now I got a good reason for it.

Being a teacher myself, I feel proud to be called as a teacher but still afraid of not being able to fulfill requisition to be a genuine teacher. I am not teaching my students only the curriculum but also the way I treat people, the way I love people, the way I behave them and the way I speak. My every words count because someone is listening to me, may be trying to improve vocabulary, trying to copy my words. My every activity is being judged and they are likely to be repeated by my learning pupil. The way I walk, clumsy or careful, the way I talk is being imitated. The way I dress is being considered. So, everywhere I am teaching.

I learnt cycling from my friend in an old courtyard of Ason. That was my school and my friend was my teacher.

I learnt to cook food. My mother was a teacher.

I learnt to cry, my pain was my teacher.

May be "Everyone and everything is a teacher".

When I was a student myself, I often used to learn new words from my teachers using in the classroom. Next day the word would come in my exercise book used in sentences.

I was highly influenced by Albert Einstein. He was my childhood fantasy and idol. I wanted to be a scientist and Albert was the one who inspired me because I thought he is a super genius scientist. I was influenced the way he dressed, the way he kept his hair scruffy and the way he wore unpolished shoes. I copied Albert Einstein, I started to be untidy. I let my hair scruffy, left my shoe unpolished………unfortunately I didn’t become scientist. The mistake I committed was; I didn’t copy the way he devoted his time in thinking, reading, investigating and developing theories. He sacrificed luxury to enlighten himself. He gave mere priority to combing hair, polishing shoes and selecting costumes and devoted his entire life in studies and findings. I copied only the things which he thought useless and time consuming, so I failed.

I myself can be an apt example. This way we learn either good or bad. This selection ultimately leads to success and failure of life.

In order to teach, one should not be a teacher. A dog can teach how to recognize its owner where a son doesn’t recognize his father, mother and let them die in an OLD PEOPLES’ HOME. A five years old cutie can teach you how to be happy with her doll in contrast to all available gadgets and possessions we all are eager to compete, buy and to be a so called HAPPY ONE.

It’s all about leaning which doesn’t have time bound, no age limitation, no gender prejudice and no racial hatred. Learning is free and inevitable.

At the end…………I dedicate this article to my known and unknown teachers, who and which made me able to write this.

Subhash Thapa Magar


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