We are very excited that Kamana Regmi recently joined our content Development Team. Mrs. Regmi has over 14 years of experience teaching mathematics and science at the primary level, as well as training primary school teachers. Her duties will include assessing the applicability of existing open-source education materials, guiding the development of new materials, and determining how to best integrate our materials into Nepali classrooms.
Mrs. Regmi has attended training courses at the prestigious Bank Street College of Education in New York City, USA, which is known for “combining current scholarship on child-centered approaches, psychological development, and practical experience.” Prior to joining OLE Nepal, Kamana was in charge of mathematics education for primary and middle school at the Rato Bangala School in Kathmandu. Kamana joins our part-time educators, Punyasheel Gautam and Christine Stone.
OLPC has helped bring to light many great open-source educational materials, but it is not immediately obvious how to integrate many of these tools into the Nepali classroom. Etoys are a great example of this. We can’t just tell teachers that they should use EToys to teach mathematics and science. We have to give them examples that help them teach basic concepts — particularly ones that they currently have difficulty with — and guide them through the process of using these new tools. This is something I really like about the Waveplace Foundation. They are putting a lot of effort into showing kids and teachers how to use EToys and developing courseware to support this process.