The discussion on the topic 'Collaboration between Academia and Practice of Sustainable Development', was jointly organized by Kathmandu University School of Education (KUSOED) Department of Development Education and Society for Humanism (SOCH), Nepal. The discussion took place on June 21, 2020, commencing at 5:00 P.M. and concluded around 7:00 P.M. NST. Four expert panelist; Honorable Dr. Usha Jha, Member of National Planning Commission (NPC), Professor Bhim Prasad Subedi, Chairperson University Grant Commission (UGC), Professor Mahesh Nath Prajuli, Dean Kathmandu University School of Education (KUSOED) and Ms. Latika Maskey Pradhan, Assistant Representative United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), were among the speakers. Dr. Prakash C. Bhattarai, Department Head Kathmandu University School of Education Department of Development Education was the moderator of the discussion. Approximately a hundred and fifty participants were connected online to participate in the discussion. The panel is important to think on sustainable development in which Prof. Subedi emphasized that sustainable practices makes the theoretical knowledge of SD. He mentioned that equity, one of the principal agendas of SDG, has to be discussed widely in the Nepali context which was the traditional knowledge system of Nepali society. Likewise, Honorable Dr. Usha Jha opined that all concerned stakeholders should go hand in hand for effective collaboration to achieve SDG. All involved individuals should acknowledge the presence of each other and go together for the successful implementation of SDG. She stated, out of seventeen SDGs Nepal has adopted sixteen goals, 479 indicators, and 159 targets to be achieved through SDG. Likewise, Professor, Mahesh Nath Parajuli shared that the discourse of development started in Nepal it was Western-centric and local was considered as savage and outdated. The new development discourse of modern development and education demolished the local and established notion of development and education. The new discourse of development emphasized the maximum utilization of resources rather exploiting resources was considered as development. He also sees a gap between what is written in policy and what is practiced. So, to answer what can academia do for sustainable development he emphasizes research, debates, discussion, and producing
genuine experts in the field of sustainable development. Likewise, Ms. Latika Pradhan shared that SDG as the ongoing and unaccomplished agenda of MDG. In her talk, he emphasized on the need of contextualizing and localizing SDG in the context of Nepal. She said Nepal should
prioritize SDGs in relevance to our context and needs, i.e., cultural, and norms should be taken into consideration. She emphasized on contextualizing SDGs by local level. She also said adopting theoretical knowledge into practice is easier said than job. Not everything in practices goes straightforward as in theory. Lastly, the moderator, Prakash C Bhattarai thanked the panelists, the host and the participants for their presence in the discussion. The moderator also recapped and highlighted the major points of the panelists before biding adieu. The moderator also said that the host shall continue organizing similar discussion in the coming future.
Kathmandu University School of Education, Department of Development Education organizes a panel discussion on the collaboration of academia and practice for Sustainable Development on June 21 at 5:00 PM. The panelists of the programs are Honorable. Usha Jha, National Planning Commission, Prof. Mahesh Nath Parajuli Dean of School of Education, Prof. Bhim Prasad Subedi, Chairperson of University Grant Commission and Ms. Latika Pradhan Maskey, Assistant Representative of UNFPA. The program is moderated by Dr. Prakash C. Bhattarai, HoD of Department of Development Education.
Kathmandu University School of Education (KUSOED), Department of Development Education organized a webinar on Curriculum Development in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). The program was organized by the students (2019 Batch) in Master in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (MTVET) of School of Education, Kathmandu University on 27th May 2020. The webinar was coordinated by Asst. Prof. Dr. Jiwak Raj Bajracharya, MTVET Program Coordinator and Dr. Nimananda Rijal, facilitator and TVET expert, on behalf of Prof. Dr. Mahesh Nath Parajuli, Dean of School of Education, Kathmandu University. The main objective of the webinar was to identify or early detection of incoming trends in the markets. The Guest presenter was Dr. Usha Bhandari, Senior Programme Officer at Nepal Swiss Development Cooperation. The webinar focus was on the following topics:
- Challenges in TVET curriculum innovation and implementation
- Competency-based curriculum and its significance in technology and entrepreneurship development
- Learning for the future in the context of Nepal: Role of curriculum
- Foundation of curriculum and its influence in education
Kathmandu University School of Education (KUSOED), Department of Language Education organized a four-day online workshop on “Digital Technologies for ELT Professionals” from 26 to 29 April, 2020. The workshop was participated in by over 120 ELT professionals from Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The workshop aimed at giving exposure to the ELT colleagues from basic School to University level as well as freelance trainers and researchers on the digital technologies for teaching language in online as well as offline environments.
In the workshop, Dr. Laxman Gnawali, Head of the Department of Language Education, KUSOED, presented a session on Digital technologies in online environment. Dr. Shesha Kanta Pangeni, Asst. Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, KUSOED introduced Moodle platform. He led the participants with hands-on experience on how to use it and engaged them on Activities planning on Moodle platform. Dr. Suman Laudari from University of Technology Sydney, Australia shared his insights on Teacher presence and Learning facilitation whereas Sagun Shrestha, PhD Scholar at Dublin City University, Ireland involved the participants in using digital tools for Engaging learners in the online environment. Dr. Tikaram Poudel, Asst. Professor, Department of Language Education, KUSOED, shared his experiences on using Moodle for teaching at graduate level. The workshop concluded with a closing remark by
Prof. Mahesh Nath Parajuli, Dean KUSOED highlighting the need for teachers to develop online teaching skills to adapt to the techno-savvy learners of the 21st century. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Gnawali.
The present-day world is suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic and so is Nepal. This situation has badly affected the life and living of the people. Governments around the world are using the measure of lockdown to prevent the spread of the disease. In Nepal, it is now more than two weeks that all educational institutions are closed and we do not know how long this situation would continue and how long we should remain locked in our homes. As a result, millions of school-going children and youth are unable to attend their schools and colleges. As life goes on in any situation, so is the process of learning. We can remain locked inside our houses but the educational processes cannot remain so. Kathmandu University School of Education is proud that just within two-three days of the government announcement of closing down all educational institutes in the country, it could begin classes in online mode. Thanks to technology and thanks to our students, faculties, and staff who have expressed their commitment to continue teaching and learning amidst obstacles. Our available infrastructure, the readiness of the faculties, and enthusiastic response from the students are very much important here. In light of this new beginning of online classes or learning sessions, this document is prepared to facilitate the students and faculties and for providing some basic guidelines to them. These online classes are to be considered as regular face-to-face classes and will be a part of the total credit hours required for completing the course.