Many MIT alumni have initiated education projects in Nepal. Two of these efforts in particular are well-established:
See the video about the Bloom Nepal School made by Evan Denmark '17.
In addition, other recent and current MIT students have undertaken the following projects:
- Mr. Uddhav Sharma ’15, Solukhumbu School Project
- Mr. Surya Tripathi, ’18, Sanitation and Hygiene Education Project, Pokhara
- Mr. Bibek Pandit ’20 and Mr. Yaseem Rana ’20, Educating Nepal
In the summer of 2020, several of these students partnered with Harvard alums of Nepali origin to found Incubate Nepal, an eight-week summer program that provides gifted Nepali eleventh and twelfth graders with intensive academic research experiences that prepare them for success at the college level.
The MIT-India Program and other MIT campus groups have supported these projects. Beginning in 2019, the MIT-Nepal Initiative has partnered with OLE Nepal to produce online math and science learning games for sixth through eighth graders in Nepal. This work has been supported by generous grants from the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL). Games completed to date include:
- Fishing and Bait: Fish and learn about different species of fish
- Green City: Balance economy and pollution in a town
- Cell Game: Learn about different cell organelles and visualize them
The MIT-Nepal Initiative is one of many groups around the world that is currently assisting with the establishment of the University of Nepal (UoN). The UoN will offer highly relevant academic and research programs for individual and social development in a wide range of disciplines in the tradition of liberal arts education, and promote interdisciplinary and holistic approaches to teaching, learning and research.
Members of the MIT community who wish to be involved in any of these efforts should contact Professor Jeffrey Ravel in the MIT History Faculty.