Defying the traditional method of learning! 

At Canopy Nepal, we focus on promoting interactive learning to make our students independent learners and foster their well-rounded development. We run various programs to ignite the love of reading, writing, listening and speaking among our participants.

Often, we see children are encouraged to adapt in traditional rote learning techniques where children are likely to memorize the context instead of understanding it. The students study for the grades and not for the long term learning, which is a serious problem. We see this happening in public schools but the private schools are not as good as we tend to think. This trend has affected students from private schools as well. Following the trend, we can safely assume, that the mentality of the society is still in the primitive era. We still judge a student by their obtained marks and not the knowledge and the skills they have.

Every student is different from another, that is why we need to approach every student differently. For this, we need to introduce interactive learning to make the students independent learners. Interactive learning is where students are encouraged to self-study by engaging the students in the lesson through interactive activities. In class, we only use pen and paper as a means to learn but interactive learning can involve computers, videos, speakers and projectors which could tap into the different sensory receptors of the student.

Even though we are aware of the negatives of rote learning, why is it still practiced?  There are many reasons why this is happening. One of the reasons is the limited resources and lack of awareness among teachers to be able to add interactive activities in the standard pedagogy for the students. However, interactive lessons do not necessarily have to be more costly. It usually requires a bit of effort and willingness to conduct a different, but a more engaging learning experience.

How can we practice interactive learning techniques? Learning shouldn’t just be limited to one form but must be fused with, aural, verbal, physical, logical, social and solitary learning styles.

We should all try to incorporate interactions between an adult and a child in order to enhance the quality of the learning material for the children. They should be excited to learn something rather than the feeling of being burdened when they come to class every day. Interactive learning could be any activity which involves participation from every child within the classroom. For instance, we could conduct interactive activities beyond the four walls of the classroom where children can learn while having fun. Some of these interactive activities are poem interpretations, video screening, ‘mero daar’(my fear), ‘Why I love my teacher’, board race and many more. All of these interactive activities aid the student in enhancing different skills.

Understanding the importance of learning, we should use it not only for an academic environment but for all learning experience so that together we can prepare today’s students for life.

Written by: Sabanam Thapa
Edited by: Hriya Kafle

A Step towards Sustainability

Our lives which has been made so much easier by the accursed virtue is gradually progressing towards an imprecation. The resources on earth that made modern world possible is finite. It should have been long approached that it is our responsibility and the major need to practice sustainability in our everyday lives. We have come so far into the perdition that it is now an irrational concept to revert all the damage that has already been done.

The development activities that offer people several kinds of opportunities leading to community’s growth has done harsh environmental repercussions. The importance of environmental awareness has induced greener practice initiatives among businesses including construction companies. It is of primal importance that building construction projects surround and embrace the concept of sustainability which concerns with not only protecting the environment, but also with using economical and environment friendly materials, and encouraging efficient use of resources.

The new school reconstruction project by ‘Kids of Kathmandu’ uses sustainable and economical building materials due to the progression towards the understanding that it isn’t enough to just ensure that the resources are being used in an efficient way, but is now more crucial to understand the measures we use for our reconstruction activity in terms of the impact on the community, and the environment.

“With 60 percent local sand-mixed soil, 20 percent clay, 15 percent construction aggregates and five percent cement, Rammed Earth Solutions constructs sustainable houses without using any machines.” (Gautam, 2017) Since the main ingredient is soil, it is cheap and is locally available which means reduced cost of transporting construction materials to the site. The earth-built walls need not to be painted or plastered due to its unique final texture, and are non-toxic and non-pollutant. To add up to its value, rammed earth buildings regulate the indoor relative humidity which, in turn, produces comfortable indoor conditions.

The decision to work using Rammed Earth Solutions has introduced to sustainable earthquake resistant building technologies and materials which allows its focus towards factors such as indoor environment quality and sustainable building materials. With the already established system inclusive of a set of complementary facilities in each of its rebuilt schools, Kids of Kathmandu sets towards green building as a future for its school reconstruction project where the school pivots on renewable energy, while it has already been sustaining with water conservation measures and environmental sanitation initiatives.

1. Gautam, Nikeeta. 2017. October 10. 12:23:56. Eco-friendly Building with Rammed Earth. New Business Age. Blog.

Sujita Mahat is currently working with 'Kids of Kathmandu' as a Project Manager.

FESSHIP - ''Changing lives through education ''

Canopy Nepal is a team of visionary youths working in the field of education, skill and leadership development, diversity and inclusion. We seek to improve the quality and efficiency of education by focusing on the learners and reshaping the way they learn. One of our other goals is to increase equitable access to quality education, for which we are currently operating two scholarship programs. One of them is called FESSHIP. 

FONAI Education Scholarship Program (FESSHIP) is a scholarship program which provides educational support to underprivileged students to complete their secondary education and/or vocational training. The program takes care of their overall lodging and educational costs incurred in their schooling to complete their education without any obstacles which could prevent them from studying. The students are also given an option to vocational training as well. This way every scholar is ensured to have the required set of skills in their field of interest after they have completed their studies. Gaining educational and/or vocational training qualifications enable them to live independently and give back to their country.

FONAI has been very fortunate in securing a partnership with the Children’s Future Fund in Germany. With this kind of collaboration between like-minded organizations, the program aims to make quality education accessible to all youths of Nepal irrespective of their culture, race, religion or financial conditions and support them to live a dignified life.

With the synergized efforts of our partner organizations and FESSHIP team at  Canopy, these young people have been able to continue their studies and draw a better future out of their bleak present. The program is run by Canopy Nepal in partnership with Friends of Nepal Adelaide Inc. (FONAI) and Children's Future Fund (CFF) since July 2018 and is currently supporting nine students. Friends of Nepal Adelaide Inc. (FONAI) is a registered Australian charity founded in 2013 by a small group of friends who wanted to help raise money to build a school in Nepal. The organization started FESSHIP in 2016 and has secured long-term funding support with Children’s Future Fund (CFF), Germany for 4 FESSHIP scholarship recipients. This commitment from CFF has made it possible for the selected students to enter into undergraduate programs.

Children's Future Fund (CFF) is a non-profit organization founded in May 2012 in Mainz, Germany. CFF has the goal of supporting projects for the benefit of needy children. The organization focuses on sustainable development aid by supporting education. CFF started its program in Nepal in 2014 by supporting a children's home near Kathmandu. The continuation of this commitment resulted in the creation and development of the scholarship program (FESSHIP) with FONAI. CFF has long term funding support to cover educational expenses of 4 FESSHIP scholars with a primary focus in post-secondary education.

With the generous support of CFF and a strong collaboration between CFF, FONAI and Canopy Nepal, our scholars are now receiving a quality education in different educational institutions.

Written by: Deekshak Bhattarai, Program Manager of FESSHIP 
Edited by: Sabanam Thapa 


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