Ncell Private Limited (Ncell) under its Corporate Social Responsibility has partnered with Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) and RatoBangala Foundation (RBF) to organize the Second International Conference on Quality Education 2019 (ICQE2019) that was held from 24-26 August.
The conference saw the participation of officials from the government as well as district-level, teachers and national and international researchers. The conference featured more than 75 expert-led presentations, 60 workshops, 14 parallel sessions over the three days, focusing around the theme ‘learning by doing approach on early-childhood development model.’ Over 700 participants, including more than 300 government level teachers from 55 districts, attended the three-day conference. Experts from Singapore, the United States, India, China, and Bangladesh participated in the conference as trainers.
With this partnership in ICQE 2019 with MoEST and RBF, Ncell aims to empower education from the roots by delivering special skills, knowledge, and expertise within the education sector to help empower in aspects such as skills training, enhancing early-childhood education and knowledge sharing with those involved in the education sector at large.
The chief guest of the opening ceremony of ICQE2019, Minister of Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel in his opening speech on Saturday said, “Nepal will be able to achieve its 2030 of Nepal’s School Sector Development Plan (SSDP) vision of ensuring equitable access to safe and quality education for all only by focusing on providing quality education in the classroom, from early childhood onwards. The ministry recognizes that the focus of the conference on quality education with an emphasis on learning by doing approach is imperative in order to improve the lives and livelihoods of children in Nepal.”
Chief Guest of the concluding ceremony of the conference, Chairperson of the Parliament’s Education and Health Committee JayapuriGharti underlying the need of quality education, on Monday said that they are holding consultations with the focus to improve education in government schools. She also urged all teachers who participated in the conference to implement knowledge gathered in their classrooms for bringing the changes.
Andy Chong, CEO of Ncell, shared his excitement and said, “We are extremely happy to partner with MoEST for its overarching strategic plan to attain SSDP Goals. Ncell’s focus is to empower foundational skills by providing a platform for teachers from the public sector that do not have access to training opportunities. With conferences like this, our aim is to reach teachers at the local level and help them gain the skills, opportunities they always wanted to achieve but due to some barriers they were unable to.”
Furthermore, Dr. Shanta Dixit, Chairperson of RatoBangala Foundation said, “With this conference, our aim was to bring international learnings, the world to the local classroom, by training teachers at the grassroots level. With the involvement of both public and private sectors, this forum became an excellent platform towards promoting quality education from a Nepali perspective. We are equally grateful to our partner Ncell for helping the 300 public school teachers participate in the conference. It’s also because of Ncell that we will be able to organize the scheduled post-conference in all of the seven provinces later this year.”
The Post-conference workshops are scheduled to be organized at each of the seven provincial levels with a focus on quality education at early childhood education.