Remote Nepalese school receives tablets with preloaded educational apps
EducationalAppStore.com (EAS), an independent store that identifies and benchmarks apps against the curriculum, is pleased to announce the contribution of tablet devices and educational apps to the only primary school in Namche village, Khumbu, Nepal that has opted out of the state system.
Justin Smith, the founder of EAS, is climbing Everest for charity and his passion for reaching out to learners led him to personally meet Namche’s school governors in order to donate them two tablet devices preloaded with many educational apps for young students.
Sree Himalaya Primary School is situated in the Khumbu area at 11,286ft (3,440m) at its low point and considered the gateway to the high Himalaya.
It is the only primary school in the Khumbu valley that is run by elected persons in the village and where teaching is done in both English and Nepalese. Two years ago it was awarded the best community run school in the whole Solukhumbu district.
The timing of the trip and bad weather did not allow Justin to visit the school, where it was planned to meet the teachers, students and the committee members. But he was greeted by two governors, one of which, Mr. Pemba, said:
“We are grateful for Educational App Store for providing these devices and are joined in this sentiment by the entire Namche community. Students will love to discover the touch technology and the many applications pre-installed. We are sure that the reception of these tablets upon their return to school will be a very exciting day.”
Justin was presented as a sign of appreciation with a Khatak (see photo attached), a traditional ceremonial scarf originated from Tibetan culture. The khatak offered to Justin was white and is said to symbolise the pure heart of the giver, good luck and fortune.
Educational App Store is confident that the exposure and access to educational technologies are essential to children’s education and this is just a small step in addressing the digital divide, especially in developing countries like Nepal.
The Nepalese teachers will be using the tablets for educational purposes to help educate themselves and their students about what mobile technology can offer.
With an ever increasing demand by learners, parents and teachers for educational apps and the growth in Android, Windows and IOS devices, the team at the Educational App Store (EAS) have created a marketplace to bridge the gap between Education and Application Publishers. EAS is an independent store that identifies the very best apps and certifies them from a curriculum / learning outcomes perspective.