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Sunday, 27 October 2013

How One Woman Defied Tragedy to Reach Triumph (Teach for America Alumni's story)

Please see this youtube video and text quoted from Teach for America's Youtube Channel:

Teach For America alumni Julie Jackson's life was forever changed on December 13, 1983 when she learned of her father's murder. However, thanks to the lessons he taught her, she persevered through the tragedy, and has emerged as a leader in the movement to ensure all kids have access to an excellent education. 

Julie is the 2013 Peter Jennings Award Winner.

Source: Teach for America Youtube Channel

Teaching in the hyper-connected world

Last week I had the most amazing experience of my life time. We have seen the world divided into many segments, not just in borders but in different ways. However, the most shocking factor to me was even developed nations like United States of America had one major pressing issue with country like Nepal (a developing nation in speed of tortoise). In terms of education all the nation's representative from 32 different nations had a same cause - One day each and every child would receive quality education.

The knowledge shared among these countries was of a great delight, overwhelmingly. Tom Friedman, a columnist in The New York Times and author of The World Is Flat, stunned everyone with the urgency for each and every representative to work more. He stated that in the hyper-connected world the AVERAGE performance is obsolete, let alone the poor performance. He was bold and humble to state that he doesn't consider just the few ones as contenders who write in other newspapers like The New York Times, but the million of people who have access to global information and can write challenging him anytime in any moment. Hence, he believes he needs to be equipped all the time with newer knowledge and information.

Friedman's message echoed further in the sessions and was accepted by all the representative from 32 nations and I believe is still haunting them even after returning to their respective countries. With it the challenge of providing each children education ended and bigger challenge of empowering them with knowledge that would empower them to take on any kind of advancement in the every growing hyper-connected world. The children in every school need to be provided contextual knowledge so that they would relate with the present situation and also skills like creativity and critical thinking so that they can contest in the global arena as well.

As a network, he stated Teach For programs in all the nations have an advantage of working together. He mentioned the hyper-connected world can be dealt through hyper-collaboration between all who same issues in their respective nation. My observation during multiple discussions with representative from different nation also suggests the same. I felt there was a significant level of similarity between South Asian and Hispanic countries. While saying that, there was at least one factor in which one nation spoke of same language with other 31.

Through humility, collaboration and sharing of knowledge within all the nations only can this hyper-connected world find best way in providing quality education to each and every children of the world. Technology is the only catalyst whose advancement can make this possible.

Thanks to Tom for enforcing the sense of urgency and sense of possibility with which everyone felt necessity of more connection and collaboration.

Let's care, share and grow together.



Thursday, 24 October 2013

Study 4 years B.A. in Fine Arts @ Tribhuvan University

Tribhuvan University - Kathmandu is one of the worlds largest universities in terms of number of students. The university complex located in Kirtipur (5 minutes drive SW from Kathmandu) and constituent campuses and affiliated campuses located across the country accommodate almost 95 percent of university aspirants of Nepal.

Lalitkala Campus (Campus of Fine Art), a public campus under Tribhuvan University,  published an advert today in Kantipur Daily. The advert was about call for new applications from prospective students for 4 years Bachelors Degree in Fine Art for following specialisations:

  1. artwork/portraiture
  2. graphic communication
  3. sculpture
  4. singing
  5. tabala
  6. sitar
I have written this piece of blog because an idea came in my mind that Fine Art plays important role in transformation of society. Many potentials are there in Nepal and the world who have capacity to do something innovative for the society through fine art. I know a friend of mine who was studying B.Sc in Environment Sciences and Fine Art in parallel; and of course he is multi-talented.

Lalitkala Campus
Campus of Fine Art
 Bhotahity, Kathmandu
The campus is located in Bhotahity (2 minutes walk NW from Ratnapark, now called Sankhadhar Park) at the heart of city. The campus building looks that it is fragile. Yet it is strong. The number of students play an important role in infrastructure development of the campuses/universities. However, the faculty team are well experienced and dedicated people who have capacity to lead the aspirants to achieve the capacity to do something innovative in fine art sector that is handy in positive change in the world society.

If you are interested in getting admitted in any of the specialisation degrees of BA in Fine Art, please go to the door of campus administration. I did not see any phone numbers, email addresses, and websites of the campus. (UPDATE May 2015: They have now website:

International students can also join the degrees. All they have to do is, visit Kathmandu personally. Nationals from many countries are issued tourist visa at the immigration desk in Kathmandu Airport and major border points. However, it is illegal to stay in Nepal without visa except for Indian nationals. The campus administration assists them in getting admitted. Eligibility of your certificates can be verified by Department of International Affairs located in Tribhuvan University Complex, Kirtipur.

General Eligibility Criteria:
1) 12 years of schooling 
2) Aptitude on related art

Have a successful study and career ahead !

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Monday, 21 October 2013

Vacancy at READ Nepal : ICT Program Officer


Saturday, 5 October 2013



Under the framework of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter and the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development, this program offers an opportunity to deepen understanding on role of education in fostering a culture of sustainability. The program introduces the concept of sustainable development and its implications for education, learning, and change. It explores practical methods for introducing the values of sustainability, in a holistic and integrative approach, to schools and classrooms. 

This program will offer you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and experience of:
  • The Earth Charter principles
  • ESD and The Earth Charter Pedagogy
  • The sustainability vision articulated in the Earth Charter
  • Resource Materials that you can use in your teaching
Application & Praxis:
  • Develop a placed-based ESD curriculum using the Earth Charter
  • Strategically integrate ESD and the Earth Charter into learning environments
  • Case Studies, Lesson Learned and Current Research trends
  • Build on the most recent understanding from the neurosciences to inform teaching
Return Home with:
  • Skills, resources and support for implementing or extending ESD initiatives
  • Deeper understanding of ESD and the Earth Charter
  • A Certification of ESD with the Earth Charter (CEU credits will be available)
  • An extended network of new partners and professionals practicing ESD advocacy
  • Immersion into Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter
  • Engagement with like-minded individuals committed to the practices of sustainability education.
  • Practical knowledge for engaging ESD and the Earth Charter in multiple settings
  • A sensory engagement with nature in beautiful Costa Rica.
  • The joy of learning that is integrated with imagination and creativity.

You can download the syllabus here.

Watch a video of Dr. Crowell talking about this course.

Watch this video from the May 2013 session of the same class.


Dates: 20 to 24 January 2014

Tuition: US$1,900* (This tuition fee includes course materials, a field trip, refreshments, lunches and the local transportation). 

10% discount for registration by two months before the course and 30% discount for registration for a group of three or more participants.

Limited places available!

All participants will be awarded a certificate upon completion of the course. CEU credits will be available. 


Dr. Sam Crowell is professor emeritus of education at California State University–San Bernardino and a founder and co-director of the MA in Holistic and Integrative Education and the Center for Holistic and Integrative Learning. He has worked as an elementary school teacher, a principal, an administrator, and a university professor. He considers himself a holistic educator and an advocate of the artistry of teaching. He has been actively engaged with Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter and co-authored the book, The Re-Enchantment of Learning: A Manual for Teacher Renewal and Classroom Transformation published by Corwin Press, and just released his new book, "Emergent Teaching: A Path of Creativity, Significance, and Transformation" 

Mirian Vilela is the Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Secretariat and the Center for Education for Sustainable Development at UPEACE. Mirian has been working with the Earth Charter Initiative since early 1996. She is coordinating the newly established UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter. She is also a member of the UNESCO Expert Reference Group for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) and has been a visiting professor on Sustainable Development at the University for Peace since 2005. Over the years she has lead and facilitated numerous international workshops, courses, and seminars on values and principles for sustainability. Mirian holds a Master´s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was an Edward Mason Fellow. She is originally from Brazil.

Why participate in sustainability training?

The need for sustainability education stems from real life problems that affect all levels of societies around the world. Incorporating Earth Charter values into our lives and communities can move societies towards a better, more sustainable future.  Some of the benefits of this program are:
  • Expanding your expertise in the field of sustainability education and ethics.
  • Augmenting your ability to foster social growth in your community.
  • Acquiring tools that assist in implementing sustainability education.
  • Networking within the global community of Earth Charter educators.
Why choose the Earth Charter? 

The Earth Charter serves as a practical ethical framework that can be easily integrated into any curriculum or classroom activity. The Earth Charter is a document that was a result of a decade-long, global effort to articulate the values and principles of sustainable development. The ethical vision of these fundamental principles expresses a universal aspiration for a just, peaceful, and sustainable future, in order to promote the transition to more sustainable ways of living. In 2004, UNESCO adopted a Resolution (Reference 32C/17) which includes the following:

  • Recognize the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework for sustainable development, and acknowledge its ethical principles, its objectives and its contents, as an expression that coincides with UNESCO’s vision set forth in its Medium-Term Strategy for 2002-2007.
  • Affirm the Member States’ intention to utilize the Earth Charter as an educational tool, particularly in the framework of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

The new Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development offers training at the intersection of education, sustainability, and Earth Charter values. The center is designed by highly qualified instructors, who are committed to assist educators to improve their work, deepen their sustainability profile, and learn how to integrate and apply ethics as an essential element of education. The new facility is located at the UN mandated University for Peace and it is within one of the biggest natural reserves of the Costa Rican Central Valley, 30 km/20 miles outside of the capital, San José. The new Center has been designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard. It is the first educational facility in Costa Rica to receive a LEED certificate.


The cost for accommodation can range from US$50 to US$115 per day depending on what kind of accommodation you select. Please note that these are special rates offered to our organization. Once you register to the course we will assist you with the process of selecting and booking the hotel.  If you prefer, we can also arrange your stay with a Costa Rican family in the nearby town, Ciudad Colón. We can also arrange your stay with a Costa Rican family in nearby town, Ciudad Colón.


The tuition fee must be paid in full at the latest two weeks before the beginning of the course, otherwise you risk losing your spot in the course.

If you have already registered and paid the tuition fee, but can no longer attend the programme, please get in touch with us. It might be possible to transfer your registration and payment to another person from your organization or to another course.  80% of your tuition will be refunded only if we receive your cancellation two weeks in advance.

Program cancelation

If for some reason the programme is canceled or postponed, 100% of your payment will be reimbursed. However, Earth Charter International and the Earth Charter Center for ESD are not responsible for the reimbursement of travel tickets.

Travel insurance

Participants should carry health and life insurance. Earth Charter International and the Earth Charter Center for ESD are not responsible for covering medical treatment.

Click here to apply!


On Tuesday, October 15th, Earth Charter International is offering a free webinar on Education for Sustainable Development and Transformative Learning. In this webinar, panelists will talk about transformative learning and how education for sustainable development promotes cultural transformations. The expert panelists are Daniella Tilbury (University of Gloucestershire), Mark Hathaway (writer and researcher from OISE/Toronto University), and Dr. Sam Crowell (California State University in San Bernardino). The session will be moderated by Earth Charter International Executive Director Mirian Vilela.

This webinar is a prelude to the January 2014 executive program: Education and Values for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter. This program and this webinar are organized by the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development and fall under the aegis of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter.

You can access the webinar at 4PM UTC/GMT on October 15th through the following link (Please remember to check your local time):



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