Rabi Karmacharya, Chair of Service Projects for the Rotary Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town, spoke to RCCH members about integrating technology into teaching methods throughout Nepal. In partnership with Rotary, the Nepalese government and OLE Nepal, Rotarians are helping to introduce laptops, solar powered cells and teacher training to enhance education in remote regions of Nepal. This effort is focused on 1) increasing access to technology and digital content, 2) developing educational content for students, teachers and communities, and 3) training teachers to use content and technology to improve their teaching methods. 
 
The programs have been piloted at several schools and results have reflected students gaining confidence in their reading and learning; teachers changing their methods to being more facilitating, thereby freeing up their time and ability to focus on individual students. As a result of OLE's development of and providing free access to a digital library of over 8000 books, both schools and communities have been able to learn from a wide source of information. By teaming with the government of Nepal, OLE has been able to extend the impact of the Ministry of Education's goal with these educational tools. In addition, the teacher training program portfolio has included the training of over 50 young girls from rural areas in finance, women's health and child education issues. Graduates of these programs are now in rural communities training others.
 
Rabi is a social entrepreneur who helped launch OLE Nepal with the vision to use technology to improve the quality of primary education in Nepal's public schools, and to transform the way children learn through engagement, exploration and experimentation. Rabi has extensive experience in technological innovation and management, and a conviction that young educated Nepalis have a critical role to play in nation building. Prior to launching OLE Nepal in 2007, he headed HimalayanTechies, one of the first successful software outsourcing companies that he co-founded in Nepal in 2001.