On the occasion of National Education Day 2067, Open Learning Exchange Nepal (OLE Nepal) announces the launch of E-Pustakalaya, an education-centered electronic library that can be accessed from the Internet (www.pustakalaya.org), or installed at a school or community center without Internet access. The E-Pustakalaya contains a variety of material that fall into seven main categories, targeted mainly at teachers and students: Literature, Art, Course-related Materials, Reference Materials, General Educational Materials, Teaching Support Materials and Newspapers and Magazines. Content highlights also include audio books, a Nepali dictionary, school Wikipedia, educational videos, and E-Paath – a curriculum-based interactive digital learning materials prepared by OLE Nepal. It is hoped that E-Pustakalaya will enable students, teachers and families in different geographic and economic locations to freely access the same high quality educational resources. OLE Nepal believes that such an open and uniform access electronic library will help tackle to problem of quality, access, and disparity in education.
OLE Nepal has partnered and collaborated with various authors and organisations to make their works and publications accessible through E-Pustakalaya. The library already boasts a collection of over 1500 titles in English and Nepali, and the collection continues to grow every day. Users can browse various sections with ease, carry out search based on title, author or keywords, and cross-link to various resources. OLE Nepal's effort is being supported by the Danish Embassy, UN World Food Programme and the Nepal Library Foundation (NLF), Canada, who assist the Non -Resident Nepali Association to implement their Public Libraries Project.
OLE Nepal is a Nepali not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving education quality and access by integrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-based teaching-learning approaches into the regular school curriculum and mainstream pedagogy. OLE Nepal has been assisting the Nepal Government's Department of Education in implementing the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) programme in the country. OLE Nepal's training programme prepares teachers to effectively integrate ICT in classrooms, including basic functionalities of E-Pustakalaya, and creative ways to use the digital materials within their classrooms.
Schools interested in installing the E-Pustakalaya through a local server can contact OLE Nepal at email@example.com.