Nepal’s remote schools start computer classes
40 laptops contributed by DELL, a leading global IT company, have reached schools in eight districts of Nepal. All recipient schools have now begun offering computer lessons to students. This is the first time these schools are offering computer classes. The schools are located in villages powered by renewable energy sources promoted by UNDP and the Government of Nepal.
DELL collaborated with UNDP to provide the laptop computers to schools in rural Nepal in February this year to encourage computer education in rural, remote and deprived communities in Nepal. Each school has received 5 laptops. Additionally, UNDP installed office suite in all the laptops to offer basic computer literacy courses to the students.
President of Dell Asia Pacific & Japan Region and Chairman of Dell Global Emerging Markets, Mr. Amit Midha had handed over the laptops to UNDP Country Director Ms. Shoko Noda in February for further distribution to the intended communities.
The recipient schools are in deprived mountainous communities whose difficulties are further accentuated by difficult geographical terrain. Gorkha, Khotang, Humla, Darchula, Bhojpur, Dhading, Pachthar and Kavre, the districts to which the recipient schools belong, are from the eastern to the western part of the country.
Some schools have started constructing separate classrooms to run computer courses, while some are installing Internet connections.
One of the recipients, Bishnu Higher Secondary School, Panchthar will be offering computer classes from 8 to 11 am every day, while doubling up as Internet café for villagers during the day.
Millions of Nepalis work as migrant workers in the Middle East and parts of South East Asia. Most of these migrant workers, who are forced to leave their villages to find source of income abroad, come from remote districts of Nepal. Arrival of computers and Internet facilities in the villages would mean that villagers can stay connected with their family members abroad at relatively low cost.