Thursday, May 4, 2017

Using MOOCs to Advance Education in Nepal

by Randal Mason, Huffington Post In the two years since a devastating earthquake damaged or destroyed over 35,000 classrooms, Nepal struggles to get its education system back on track. But while the country has made impressive strides in improving enrollment rates for primary school students, learning outcomes at all levels remain weak. In such a challenging environment, educators like Baman Kumar Ghimire are turning to technology to innovate. A teacher at Motherland Higher Secondary School in Pokhara, Nepal, Ghimire travels to classrooms across the country to promote MOOCs (massive open online courses). In a country where over 25% of the population lives below the poverty line, such free online classes are an invaluable educational resource, once people know how to access them.

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