The Innovation in Education Fair (IEF) is a forum for educational professionals to discuss how to make our teaching and learning practices more engaging, meaningful, and memorable for students and teachers. It features organizations and individuals working to introduce innovative approaches to education in Nepal. The Fair creates immersive experiences for teachers, guardians, and administrators in these approaches through exhibits, workshops, presentations, screenings and performances. It hopes to provide a springboard for collaborative efforts that make learning a fun, memorable and experiential process.
Innovation within the context of this Fair is understood to be a new idea, process or approach that challenges educational practices based upon memorization and reproduction. Something is innovative to us if it builds the capability of people to read, write, think, speak and express independently.
Strategic Objectives of the IEF
The IEF is a platform for questioning, sharing and exploring the various aspects of education from classroom practices and curricular development to our educational system and philosophy. It intends to broaden our understanding of education and create a bigger market and broader coalition for improving educational practices and systems. To this end, the IEF has five strategic objectives built into it:
At the classroom level: Provide immersive experiences to teachers, educational administrators and guardians on experience and sensory based educational practices
At the curricular level: Highlight the importance of designing contextually relevant localized co-curricular teaching content that goes beyond the textbook
At the organizational level: Encourage cohesive dialogue and discourse between organizations that value the arts in education, hands on experimentation and creative learning practices
Within the Education Sector: Provide school leadership, education focused development organizations, and government bodies a space where they can access and recruit different ideas and approaches to education based on their interests, budget and needs.
At the individual and social junction: Explore what we understand by education, what/who it is for, and why we associate value to it
Program Format and Details
This year, IEF 2019 is working in collaboration with Damak Municipality and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Damak office to work with around 30 school and over 150 teachers and members of school leadership teams over four days. We will be hosting seven workshops over the four days of the fair. A short brief on each of the workshops is given below:
1. Placing creativity at the center of designing integrative curricular activities: This workshop will explore how teachers and school leadership teams can ensure creativity becomes an important starting point when designing integrative curricular activities to encourage self-reflection and expression. These activities will engage with the government’s current curriculum/guidelines.
Facilitated by: Srijanalaya, Drawing Room Ktm, Nritya Aagan and Children’s Art Museum
2. Creating a safe and fun environment to learn math and science through STEAM as a pedagogical perspective: Using STEAM as a pedagogical perspective, this workshop will introduce approaches to teaching math and science. It will explore how teachers and school leadership teams can create safer classrooms and school environments to make math and science an engaging and meaningful experience for both students and teachers.
Facilitated by: Kathmandu University School of Education, Raji Manjari and Ayushma Regmi
3. Low cost to no cost ways to design hands-on STEAM projects: This workshop will explore how teachers and school leadership teams can design and implement simple low cost and no cost ways to run STEAM projects that address both math and science learning goals while improving literacy, emotional intelligence and community knowledge. It will address the importance of teacher well-being in running effective classrooms that care for student well being.
Facilitated by: Sunsar Maya, Shreeti Pradhan and Dorje Gurung
4. Using the local community and environment as an educational resource: This workshop will explore how teachers and school leadership teams can design local curriculums that build off the knowledge present within local communities and environments to make learning more meaningful and relevant to both teachers and students. It will explore how localized curriculum can be a source for building confidence, well-being and empathy in the classroom.
Facilitated by: Wildlife Conservation Nepal, Canopy Nepal, and Mausham Shakya
5. Placing stories at the heart of learning: This workshop will explore various pedagogical approaches on how stories can be used to improve literacy, mental well-being and emotional intelligence. Reading, writing and reflecting can become fun and meaningful experiences for both teachers and students.
Facilitated by: Rato Bangla Foundation, Katha Kala Kendra, Utkarsha Nepal
6. Poetry, performance and theatre as a means to build the mind and body: This workshop will explore how poetry and theater are effective tools to learn strengthen 21st century skills like critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration while also building literacy, mental well-being, confidence and emotional intelligence in both students and teachers.
Facilitated by: Katha Ghera, Word Warriors, My Emotions Matter
7. Making schools inclusive and safer spaces: This workshop will explore how schools as institutions can set up policies, systems and cultures to make them safer and inclusive for both teachers and students. It explores how we can make our schools second homes for our children.
Facilitated by: Ullens Foundation, Center for Educational Policies and Practices and Dr. Amina Singh
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