September 19, 2013

Network & Collaboration

EduLift is an entrepreneurial educational initiative and we know there are many other entrepreneurial and innovative organizations out there with whom we can work together to accomplish great things.  We envision that EduLift will create different models and frameworks of experiential-based learning through innovative courses and activities in our goal to rethink the current education system in Nepal. But for EduLift to turn into a fully fledged educational laboratory or an “educational hub”, we need the added value of our social communities.

Here are some of the ways you could collaborate with us based on our current and developing programs:

For Art & Language courses:

This is our new and second program that launched in August 2014. For more information about this program, check out Art & Language.

  • Guest Speaker/Facilitator: Through the Art & Language program, each month we will explore one art form/medium with an emphasis on the English language for the first few courses. Based on the chosen art form, we would like to welcome artists and enthusiasts in the field to be guest speakers or even facilitate a few sessions depending on their interests.
  • Mentorship/Volunteer/Internship/Work Placement: The students we have targeted for our second program are from a Tibetan community school and a government school from the larger Boudha area who have some interest in the languages and arts. This also means most of these students will belong to low income families and will be underpriviledged in socio-economic level at the least. These children will have very limited access to the wider and “influential” network, and because they will belong to communities where artistic ventures are mostly considered impractical and lacking much employability, any artistic aspirations will be discouraged and opportunities non existent. So, if you are a professional artist or an enthusiast willing to take in a mentee, an apprentice, or you are an organisation having internship, work or volunteering opportunities, our students could benefit tremendously from such a life-changing experience.
  • Field Visit: Keeping the essence of experiential-based education ingrained in all our learning efforts, regular exposure through field visits is necessary for our students to gain first-hand experiences in areas of interest. If you run or belong to an organisation, a facility or any venue that caters to the arts and languages  which you feel could be an educational visit for our students, please let us know.

For Program Development: 

We are a new organisation and have completed only two intakes under the Explore with EduLift course. Already, we have modified and adjusted our 2nd intake’s curriculum immensely. We have also learnt a few lessons in our positioning, fundraising and program development strategies and there are still lots of areas that need improvement. Therefore, if you are passionate about education development in Nepal and want to contribute, and you have the knowledge and/or experiences in any of the following- educational project management/fundraising/ curriculum development/creating teacher training and classroom resource materials to name a few, we would love to hear from you and find ways on how we could collaborate.

For Explore with EduLift courses: (our next course will begin in April 2015)

  • Thursday Guest Speaker Series: Every Thursday afternoon in the Explore with EduLift courses, achievers young and old from different walks of life and from diverse fields come to EduLift to share with us their experiences. They involve us in their journeys and help us get exposure in their field of work. The Speaker Series is facilitated through whichever medium the speaker finds it most convenient, be it through PowerPoint presentations, live interactive discussions or through storytelling patterns.  Our past Thursday Guest Speakers have been James C. Hopkins (founder of Quilts for Kids Nepal), Nripal Adhikary (founder of Abari), Sujan Dangol (artist, designer), Dr. Jagan Nath Shrestha (Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk), Saunak Bhatta (founder of We Inspire Nepal), Saroj Bajracharya (painter, curator, writer), Pete Pattison (video journalist and educational advisor of EduLift), Suman Shakya (MD at SmartPaani), Shailee Basnet (Seven Summits Women) and Santosh Shah (founder of Today’s Youth Asia). So, if you are someone who feels you have a story that has helped shape you and/or the community you live in, and you think your ideas, experiences and lessons learnt are stories worth sharing and can motivate the children and youth of our time, we would love to hear from you.
  • Mentorship/Volunteer/Internship/Work Placement: Almost all of our students come from either low income families or children’s homes. Many of the students live in Tibetan refugee camps and others are underpriviledged in socio-economic levels. These children have no access to the wider and “influential” network and opportunity at any level is almost non-existent. Some of the past connections we have created for our students include studio sessions with artist Saroj Bajracharya, music classes with guitarist Sunny Manandhar, as an English tutor for young monks at Chubsang Gompa, Jorpati, interviews with two architects, a doctor, engineers and social worker- Purnima Chettri (Welcome to My Yard) for students interested in these fields, and visit to Karkhana for those students wanting to explore engineering to name a few. So, if you are a professional or an enthusiast willing to take in a mentee (or just give an interview), an organisation having internship, work or volunteering opportunities, our students could benefit tremendously from such an exposure.
  • Field Visit: Keeping the essence of experiential-based education ingrained in all our learning efforts, regular exposure through field visits is necessary for our students to gain first-hand experiences in areas of interest.  Our students have visited Centre for Energy Studies at Institute of Engineering during their “How to Build a Solar Oven” weekly challenge. Similarly, other field visits have included Motivational Seminar with Saunak Bhatta, Environment day at Wegain Zone, SmartPaani, Celebrating the Spirit of Youth, EU Film Festival- Celebrating Women and Open Bazaar at Embassy Restaurant. Therefore, if you run or belong to an organisation, an institution or any venue or facility or are organising an event which you feel could be an educational visit for our students, please do let us know.

Call us or write to us and we can start to explore on how we can do some purposeful things together in the field of education. For more discussion on how you would like to collaborate with EduLift, please contact us.