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Saturday, 26 January 2013

Online Course: Introduction to Global Urban Education

The following information is copy pasted from the e-mail from 'Teachers without Borders'.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Education, in partnership with Teachers Without Borders, has developed an online course for teachers which focuses on pressing global issues for educators. Available to teachers worldwide starting February 2013, Introduction to Global Urban Education is believed to be the only course of its kind that addresses the benefits and liabilities of international educational comparisons; the value of connecting classrooms, colleagues, and communities; the urgency of emergency education around the world and domestically; and the skills necessary to serve all students who populate classrooms.

The course was developed and will be team-taught by Dr. Fred Mednick, founder of Teachers Without Borders, who is also a Visiting Fellow at theJohns Hopkins University School of Education, and Dr. Eric Rice, assistant professor at the School of Education. Both have extensive experience with global education programming and education quality.

Registration is now open

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Nepal calls application for Teacher Recruitment :Find the details.

It has always been a controversy when it comes to teacher recruitment in 'community schools' in Nepal. The teacher recruitment is done centrally by the line agency of the ministry called 'Teacher Service Commission' which makes the placement a permanent one with much more facilities to the recruited one. But the recruitment process happens in 'once in a lifetime' manner. The current vacancy for 10,000+ teachers was an announcement after around 20 years.

The community schools are in need of teachers at huge volume. It is said that the country needs 100,000+ additional teachers at community schools. Owing to the higher secondary levels (10+2) at the same school, it may add some 20,000 more teachers.

It is said the urgent need of the teachers were being fulfilled upon 'temporary recruitment' during those 20 years. This happened upon political influence, favouritism and nepotism. Ministers thought that teacher recruitment in a society adds to their vote-bank.

All these happenings are not good for us who aspire for possible scientific and fair recruitment.

However, the Teacher Service Commission has called vacancy. To see those vacancies easily, please download these documents, print and act accordingly if you are willing to compete for recruitment.

L_SECONDARY (Lower Secondary School)
PRIMARY (Primary School)
SECONDARY (Secondary School)

Monday, 14 January 2013

Private schools: Better?

We are in big illusion that private schools are providing better education than government run schools. Measuring quality is not easy task; learning is not always in direct relation with examination achievement of a person. As a teacher, I see so many ups and downs on marks and his ability in particular topics. Then why we Nepalese are running on result only? To make happy to our donor agencies? Which private organization has own curriculum, own examination system and own way of teaching? No one. Either we are following government rules or adapting international institutions path.
Obviously, SLC and other result of those private schools are better, school teachers are punctual and school environment is well furnished. Only physical presence does not full fill the desire of those small kids. We see, playing in sand is more enjoyable than skipping on red carpet in room for them. Children are happier to run towards dragonfly with thread on its tail than looking Discovery Channel in TV. Let those children to go in Nature as more as possible. Are we looking those things in private school?
We, own named elite, are trying to misapprehension many other Nepalese regarding the concept of Education. We know education is the key of success. After each political change, always one new group of people ups their status and trying to pretend and start their wildness. That is the reason; so many private schools were open after 2046 movement in city area. I know people have right to choose schools for their kids but state cannot be so cruel on these matters. So I have note of descent on government’s way of dealing to government run schools and private schools. This is the problem because of nature of our state.
I suggest to open new private or government schools who can run on sustainable development model, green school model, one skill base model and own curriculum model. Any private school owners are ready to invest on it? Sure, it might not give profit that much, cannot start with one small dark room, cannot manage without giving salaries to staffs. It will be real school, real in the sense of children cognitive development, social development, ethical development and development of natural conservation skills. I know no one present school owners are not ready on it, we need other owners who really loves and believes on education and its power to change the people, belief and emotion toward positive direction.


Sunday, 13 January 2013

ESD Conference accomplished

One day conference on 'Education for Sustainable Development : Nepalese Perspectives'
Date: January 9, 2013

he Sustainable Education Group-Nepal (SEG-N) supported by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Green Hub Private Limited, ICIMOD, Geneva Global School, and Centre for Climate Change-Nepal organized a one day conference on ‘Education for Sustainable Development: Nepalese Perspectives’, that was held on January 9 at the lecture hall of Nepal Tourism Board.
A total of 30 participants including six organizer members took part in the event. Many of the attendants were the students of M.Sc. Environmental Sciences, teachers and other stakeholders. The conference was held with an eye to providing a platform to the students, who live across the country and aspire to contribute to sustainable development and stakeholders so as to express their take on and experiences on the theme ‘Education for Sustainable Development'.
 The conference was split into three sessions and was commenced by the organisation's treasurer, Subhash Thapa Magar. Parbat Dhungana, a highly experienced lecturer at Kathmandu University, was the keynote speaker at the conference. He lighted the possible ways of going through the path of sustainable development; also mentioned that education is that sort of light which he was delivering. Though seven attendants were scheduled to deliver presentations on different issues, only five of them could give on the grounds of the limited time. All the presenters explained their views in layperson’s terms. Speaking at the conference, the keynote speaker laid emphasis on the critical thinking, participatory class and interconnectedness among knowledge, skill, attitude and behavior. Moreover, he encapsulated the category of development in different terms and contradictions regarding the definition of development.
               Secretary of SEG-N, Rajendra Kattel suggested that the school that entails economy, environment and entrepreneurship can be greener if planned and implemented well. Also, he emphasized the theme ‘One village-one school-one production’. Another presenter, Rajib Khanal shared his views on modern education. Likewise, Subash Duwadi gave a presentation on Climate Change Adaptation Education. His presentation was regarded more noteworthy than the rest as climate change has been triggering dire impacts on human lives and biodiversity. Yet, a large number of people are not well aware of adapting to climate change and its causes.
      At length, the president of SEG-N, Dipesh Dulal shared the conceptual ideas about edublogging and its necessity in the present. Highlighting the contributions of supporting partners, conclusions drawn after interactions, concerted efforts of presenters and precious time of attendants, he made a strong commitment to organize this sort of programs in the future if other institutions support and work together. The conference was wrapped up by putting hands up altogether to agree on the slogan ‘Let us carry on our ESD agenda even after 2014’ being aware that the UN decade for ESD (DESD) was coming to end from 2005 to 2014.
 Education is one of the vitality, which plays significant roles in developing a country. Despite many contradictory ideas about development, development is inevitable and indispensable for humankind. Development should not be destructive but sustainable, practical and productive. When development activities are carried out, other aspects should not be affected. This is what participants learned.

Submitted by

Amar Sherma (Limbu), MA English, second year, RR Campus, an English teacher at Chelsea Int’l Academy and the Vice-secretary of SEG-N


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