Saraswotikunja Basic School
Madi Rural Municipality
Saraswotikunja Basic School, a community school in Madi Rural Municipality, Kaski caters to eighty-six students of whom majority are Dalits and forty-five of them are GNI Nepal sponsored children. The school suffered from high absenteeism and faced problem retaining students. More importantly, there was no reason for students to be present daily at the school and stay through all the classes. Teaching-learning was as usual—rote-learning and lecturing.
In 2017, tables, chairs, and false ceiling were provided to convert the school’s computer lab room into a GNI Nepal pioneered SMART CLASSROOM which includes laptops with E-paath (E-lessons) installed, a projector, a printer, and a sound system. E-paath contains selected digitized lessons of Nepali, English, Maths and Science subjects from first to eighth grades. Three teachers were trained on operating and integrating it into their daily teaching including digital teaching material preparation.
Head teacher, Bishnu Bhakta Gurung shared,“Absenteeism among students decreased dramatically due to the SMART CLASSROOM”.
Uttar Gurung, computer teacher, remarked, “Pictures, animations, and sounds with texts make it easier for students to have a sound grasp of the lessons taught”.
The SMART CLASSROOM is a fun-filled learning space and has become a center of attraction among all students. E-paath exercises give every student at the school a chance to engage in a self-corrective (trial and error) and self-paced learning experience. Each class visits the SMART CLASSROOM at least once in a day.