Youth for ICT Development

Project Overview

1.  Project objectives:

  • Provide Computer, Information, Communications and Technologies education to the underprivileged group, rural schools and communities in the rural schools of Nepal.
  •  Enable underprivileged group and rural communities of Nepal to catch up with the unprecedented speed in the development of the Information, Communications and Technologies (ICTs) and the resulting digital revolution in every sector of human concern in the world.
  • Enable the underprivileged group and rural communities of Nepal to utilize the Information, Communications and Technologies (ICTs) for the economic benefit for themselves.
  • Help in carrier building of the students and individual of the village through ICT.

2.  Project Details

2.1.  Name or Title of the Project

Modern Education with Information and Communication Technology for   underprivileged group (EEICT).

2.2.  Project Site

At first project is launched from small village in Eastern Nepal as the pilot project. After the successful completion of the pilot project, it’ll be extended at different locations of Nepal depending upon the success of the pilot project and availability of fund for the extended project.

2.2.1.  Pilot Project Site

  • Zone: There are fourteen zones in Nepal, at first project site is finalized in Sagarmatha zone which is in eastern Nepal. It includes mountain districts of the Himalayas including the highest peak of the world Mount Everest in the north, hill districts in the center and districts of Terai in the south. The borders of this zone are China to the north, India to the south, Koshi Zone to the east and Janakpur Zone to the west. Sagarmatha Zone is divided into six districts and the headquarters of the zone is Rajbiraj. Sagarmatha takes its name from the Nepalese name of the Mount Everest.
  • District: In total there are seventy five districts in Nepal. Each zone has number of districts. There are six districts in Sagarmatha zone, among them Saptari district is selected for the pilot project. Total area of the district is 1363 sq. KM and population is about 600,000. Saptari is renowned for its agriculture output and is bordered on the east by the massive Sapt Koshi River. Rajbiraj is the district center which is one of the significant town of that area. The famous Chhinna Masta Hindu temple and Kankalini temple are also located in saptari District. For details please refer fig. 1.1
  • VDC: In Saptari district there are about many villages among which Tilathi is selected. Tilathi is village development committee along with other 3913 VDCs of Nepal. It is in Saptari District and Sagarmatha zone of south-eastern Nepal. It is 10 K.M away from Rajbira, Capital of Sagarmatha Zone, and few kilometers from India. Three famous river Sapt Koshi and Khado makes the land of the village very fertile. However due to the availability of three rivers near the village there is maximum probability of village being flooded in monsoon season. For details please refer fig 1.1
  • Population: It has population of about 5000 people living in about 800 individual households. The main occupation of the villagers is agriculture.
  • School: Shree Public Madhyamik Vidyalay Launiya-Tilathi Saptari, Nepal was established in 1964.1.25 (2020.10.11B.S.).
  • Students: Students in the school are not only from the village but also from the neighboring villages. Total number of students from the date of establishment till now is more than eleven thousand. Current number of students is 1212 (730 boys and 482 girls). The number of students from primary to secondary level is 1127 (680 boys and 446 girls). Total number of students in higher secondary level is 85 (50 boys and 35 girls).

 Figure 1: Left-side: Map of Sagarmatha zone with six districts, Saptari district is at bottom. Right-side: Map of Nepal with the location of VDC, Tilathi.

Figure 2: Pictures of Shree Public Madhyamik Vidyalay Launiya-Tilathi Saptari, Nepal

Figure 3: Students of Shree Public Madhyamik Vidyalay Launiya-Tilathi Saptari, Nepal

2.2.2.  Extended Project Site

First phase of extended project includes fourteen projects whose sites are in fourteen different zones of Nepal. Project site will be finalized after one year of the successfully launching of pilot project. Extension of the project will be in ad-hoc manner. The site will be finalized one after other depending upon the following conditions:

  • Success of the pilot project.
  • Availability of the fund to extend the project.
  • Selection of school depends upon the number of students, level of class and availability of technical resource.

3.  Coordinator’s Profile

Mr. Shailendra Jha is the coordinator of this project. He has been active in intra and extracurricular activities in student as well as professional life. Society and social work have always been his passion. He has completed Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Kantipur Engineering College and was Vice-President (2004-2005) at Kantipur Engineering College Student’s Council during his college period and has organized various academicals as well as intra and extra cultural events for the welfare of students and college. He has been Spokesperson of Tridandi Yuva Club and has organized awareness program against the dowry culture in Tilathi also computer awareness program at Shree Public Madhyamik Vidyalay Launiya-Tilathi Saptari, Nepal. He has been Secretary and later First Vice President (2008-2009) of Information Technology Society Nepal, ITS Nepal; a forum for all ICT related Students, Youth Professional and entrepreneurs working with a slogan “Youth for ICT Development”. He was involved in the team of ITS Panorama, a monthly magazine published by IT-S Nepal as the coordinator. He has been the first Community/Academic Lead at Microsoft MDP Nepal from October 2008 to September 2009. He was responsible for all the Community and Academic activities run by Microsoft in Nepal. The major responsibility was to lead the Microsoft Student Partners, MSP Program.  He was involved in the management of Brain Works Learning Solution Center Pvt. Ltd., the then Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Learning Solution as the Program Manager (March 2008- September 2009). He has played a leading role of conceptualization and establishment of the organization as well as creating Technological awareness among the customers from academic sectors, government bodies and IT industry of the country and to organize several high-end Trainings on Microsoft Product and Technologies. He was also part time faculty member at Janakpur Engineering College, Kathmandu. Currently He has completed his master degree in Information and Communications Engineering from Technische Hochschule Mittel-Hessen (THM), Germany. He was Student Representative at THM from 2010-2011.

4.  Project Duration

  • Date of commencement: January 2013
  • Date of completion: December 2015

5.  Project Status

  • New: Pilot project
  • Reference: Helping Hand project initiated by ITS-Nepal

6.  Project Sector

  • Familiarizations and acquaintances of basic computer and technology so that one can use the technology in day to day life
  • Training on computer hardware and networking which may be useful to shape up the future carrier
  • Computer software applications training that may be helpful for the project sustainable

7.  Project Justification

  • The project will significantly contribute to the Information, Communications and Technologies (ICT) Development in the country
  • The government making an announcement of availing legal and other administrative documents through the Internet, this project will make a big positive impact
  • Supportive for E-governance
  • This will increase the quality of education and bridges the gap of digital divide

8.  Activities carried out under the project

  • A baseline survey of schools to complete necessary physical infrastructure and finalize the schools for the implementation of Basic Computer and Information and Communication Technologies Education in them (being completed for the pilot project).
  • Interactions with schools on the use of Information and Communications Technologies in education (being completed for the pilot project).
  • Provide training for teachers from the schools in the project on the use of Computer and ICTs in education.
  • Design two separate computer and technology laboratory for the education and training purpose, each with a medium configuration desktop (available in today’s market) to the school.
  • Provide two high configuration computer among the given computers with higher capacity for an effective implementation of the project. These computers would be server in the design.
  • Initially start of training begins from basic use of computer and the level of education and training is enhanced depending upon the progress of students and other individuals.
  • Help schools and local communities to set up their websites and market their local knowledge, local crafts, products and services.
  • Keep 20% of the equipment in reserve to replace damaged equipment and parts for various reasons and arrange for replacement as and when necessary.

9.  Target groups and number of beneficiaries

  • The students from the  schools : Approx. 1000-1500 students
  • The people of rural communities: Approx. 10,000 community youths and people (Individuals from neighboring village is also targeted.)

10.  Expected outcomes/Result

  • Approximately 10,000-15,000 students and community people get computer education from the target school.
  • People in the area make use of the ICTs in education
  • The teachers, students, villagers and youths from the school and villages will be trained to provide education on Information, Communications and technologies.
  • Increase in the quality of education in rural area

11.  Stakeholder and coordination for the project

  • The program will be implemented in collaboration with respective VDCs, NGOs, Schools and School Management Committees.
  • Linkage will be established and approvals obtained from the district education offices and other agencies related to education
  • Stakeholders of the project are ITS-Nepal, ICE department of Technische Hochschule MittelHessen(THM) – Germany and Nepali Samaj – Germany.

12. Sustainability of the Project

There is an in-built mechanism for the sustainability of the project. The schools will be involved to prepare for the continuation of the project before the end of a year of project intervention

13. Details on Fund

13.1. Organizational support

  • Government sectors
  • Ministry of education and ministry of Information technology
  • Different NGOs and INGOs
  • Fund raising program

13.2. Nature of funding

  • Technical Support: Trainers/Teachers.
  • Commodity Support: Assets and Infrastructure.
  • Financial Support:  Partial or full support.


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