U.S. Embassy’s Book Bus

The Book Bus is one of the nine American corners run by the American Library. It is sponsored by the American Embassy in Kathmandu and is operated by Satori Centre for the Arts. Since November 2013, the Book Bus has travelled over 20,000 kilometres in Nepal. It has visited over 1,233 schools, colleges, and community centers and directly w...

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How We Work

A Book Bus visit can be as short as three days or as long as three weeks, depending on the nature of the program plan. The Book Bus works with schools, colleges, libraries, and community-based organizations all over Nepal.

School Visits

Students and teachers take part in various educational and creative activities like readings, exhibitions, workshops, performances, presentations and screenings on art, language, science and technology. Each school/college visit is typically around three to five days, depending on the size of the institution.

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Community Visits

The Book Bus creates spaces for communities to experience educational programs on art, language, science and technology. Community-based programs are seven days to three weeks long.

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Community Visits

The Book Bus creates spaces for communities to experience educational programs on art, language, science and technology. Community-based programs are seven days to three weeks long.

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What We Do

Arts & Letters

Book Bus's Language and Arts programs are geared to urge creative expression, with interdisciplinary writing and art projects. Our programs create learning experiences that are drawn from local histories and contexts to illustrate the value of personal narratives. Our participants are encouraged to discuss of social inclusion and feminism in our sessions with empathetic and critical approaches.

Media Literacy and Writing Workshop

The Media Literacy and Writing (MLW) workshop is a course that helps build an individual's ability to evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information and use this information to write informative texts to examine and convey complex ideas clearly and accurately.

Nepal Reads

Nepal Reads is a program under the U.S. Embassy’s Book Bus that aims to promote a reading culture and critical thinking skills in Nepal. We aim to build communities of readers all over the country and encourage the sharing and exploration of unique thoughts, ideas, and perspectives.

Read-Alouds

Combining story-telling and maker components, the film making workshop acquaints students with a basic understanding of the making of movies and animations. Participants work with pre-film animation devices to understand the creation of motion picture animation.

Steam

STEAM Programs

A Book Bus program that fosters collaborative, entrepreneurial and a problem-solving culture among the Nepali youth through experiential engagement with scientific concepts and theories. 

Social Justice

Breaking the Bracket

Breaking the bracket is  an annual year-long feminist fiction writing program geared toward Nepali female and non-binary writers,Breaking the Bracket seeks to build communities of feminist writers and change the mainstream narrative

Histories from Home

A story-telling program that contextualizes personal narratives of women in the lives of high-school students with Nepal's democratic history, seeking to bring out stories and narratives of marginalized people.

Civil Rights and Liberties

Workshops, discussion, exhibitions and film screenings introducing the concept of inequality and the importance of civil rights and liberties to institutionalize democratic procedures, ensure the protection of human rights, and establish the rule of law to create stability, peace and prosperity.

Teacher Empowerment

Innovation in Education Fair

The Innovation in Education Fair (IEF) is an annual forum for educational professionals to discuss how to make our teaching and learning practices more engaging,  meaningful, and memorable for students and teachers. 

Professional Development for Teachers

Our Teacher Empowerment Program includes three teacher training programs that support teachers in implementing progressive teaching practices. These includes Literacy through Literature for primary school teachers, Everyday Science for science teachers, and Write to Think for secondary school teachers.

Community Programs

Experiential Learning Programs

A museum learning program where students learn ecological concepts relevant to their curriculum through games, activities and museum resources at the natural history museum in Kathmandu.

Rainbow City: Community Murals

Rainbow City is a thematic mural series that exchanges murals designed in one region with murals from another, encouraging cross community engagement.

Folk Lok

The Folk Lok project will support Tahnani Dāpha Khalah, a traditional musical group in Kirtipur, in document, record and recreate their tranditional music practices. A music education curriculum will be built based on their traditional practices. 

Arts & Letters

Book Bus's Language and Arts programs are geared to urge creative expression, with interdisciplinary writing and art projects. Our programs create learning experiences that are drawn from local histories and contexts to illustrate the value of personal narratives. Our participants are encouraged to discuss of social inclusion and feminism in our sessions with empathetic and critical approaches.

Media Literacy and Writing Workshop

The Media Literacy and Writing (MLW) workshop is a course that helps build an individual's ability to evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information and use this information to write informative texts to examine and convey complex ideas clearly and accurately.

Nepal Reads

Nepal Reads is a program under the U.S. Embassy’s Book Bus that aims to promote a reading culture and critical thinking skills in Nepal. We aim to build communities of readers all over the country and encourage the sharing and exploration of unique thoughts, ideas, and perspectives.

Read-Alouds

Combining story-telling and maker components, the film making workshop acquaints students with a basic understanding of the making of movies and animations. Participants work with pre-film animation devices to understand the creation of motion picture animation.

Steam

STEAM Programs

A Book Bus program that fosters collaborative, entrepreneurial and a problem-solving culture among the Nepali youth through experiential engagement with scientific concepts and theories. 

Social Justice

Breaking the Bracket

Breaking the bracket is  an annual year-long feminist fiction writing program geared toward Nepali female and non-binary writers,Breaking the Bracket seeks to build communities of feminist writers and change the mainstream narrative

Histories from Home

A story-telling program that contextualizes personal narratives of women in the lives of high-school students with Nepal's democratic history, seeking to bring out stories and narratives of marginalized people.

Civil Rights and Liberties

Workshops, discussion, exhibitions and film screenings introducing the concept of inequality and the importance of civil rights and liberties to institutionalize democratic procedures, ensure the protection of human rights, and establish the rule of law to create stability, peace and prosperity.

Teacher Empowerment

Innovation in Education Fair

The Innovation in Education Fair (IEF) is an annual forum for educational professionals to discuss how to make our teaching and learning practices more engaging,  meaningful, and memorable for students and teachers. 

Professional Development for Teachers

Our Teacher Empowerment Program includes three teacher training programs that support teachers in implementing progressive teaching practices. These includes Literacy through Literature for primary school teachers, Everyday Science for science teachers, and Write to Think for secondary school teachers.

Community Programs

Experiential Learning Programs

A museum learning program where students learn ecological concepts relevant to their curriculum through games, activities and museum resources at the natural history museum in Kathmandu.

Rainbow City: Community Murals

Rainbow City is a thematic mural series that exchanges murals designed in one region with murals from another, encouraging cross community engagement.

Folk Lok

The Folk Lok project will support Tahnani Dāpha Khalah, a traditional musical group in Kirtipur, in document, record and recreate their tranditional music practices. A music education curriculum will be built based on their traditional practices. 

The Book Bus in Numbers

500

Schools reached

52

Community Centers Visited

6172

Teachers Reached

5137

Workshops/ Sessions Held

265813

Participants reached

41512

Kilometers Travelled

109

Online Programs conducted

31297

Online Participants reached

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