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 ISO Country Code NP
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'Nepal नेपाल
Capital Kathmandu
Official languages Nepali
Area 147,181 km²
 - July 2009 estimate 28,563,377
 - 2007 census 28,875,140
 - Density 184/km²
 - Literacy (%) 48.6
 - Compulsory Years 5
 - Compulsory Age 5
 - Pop. in School Age 3571
 - Pop. in School 2828
GDP (PPP) 2009 est. USD 33.024 billion
 - Per capita $1,183
GDP (nominal) 2009 est. $12.521
 - Per capita $449
HDI  (2007) 0.534 (medium)
Gini Index  (2003–04) 47.2
Time zone NPT (UTC+5:45)
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Nepal has had perhaps the most active grassroots OLPC community, that became active in the fall of 2006. The OLPC Nepal movement has needed to develop its deployment plans, school server architecture, and strategies of interfacing with government. The most active members of the OLPC community within Nepal formed a local non-profit organization in July 2007, OLE Nepal, to implement Nepal's initial OLPC deployments. All of these became the exemplars for later deployments.

Implementation and Deployments

The OLPC-Nepal project began with the efforts of two Nepali engineering students named Shankar Pokharel and Ankur Sharma. These two students were responsible for raising awareness at the grassroots level of the potential of OLPC to positively impact the educational system of Nepal. They contacted OLPC expressing their interest in starting an OLPC chapter in Nepal.

Soon after, the project was taken over by OLE (Open Learning Exchange). OLE-Nepal is a non-governmental organization dedicated to assisting the Government of Nepal in meeting its Education for All goals by developing freely accessible, open-source Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-based educational teaching-learning materials [1]. OLE’s responsibilities have ranged from the distribution of laptops to the training of teachers and the technical support. Meanwhile, the Nepal Government has three-tier committees to implement OLPC in Nepal under Ministry of Education: Steering Committee (the chair is the Secretary of Ministry of Education), Coordination Committee (the chair is the Director of Department of Education), and a Task Force (the chair is the Deputy Director of Department of Education). This combination of grassroots and government support was an important factor in the success of the project in Nepal. In fact, this project has inspired others, such as Rabi Karmacharya, to start their own OLPC pilot projects in Nepal.

OLE partnered with the Nepalese Government Department of Education in order to distribute laptops in the Lalitpur District. Pilot schools selected were the Bishwamitra Ganesh Secondary School and the Bashuki Lower Secondary School. There were 135 laptops deployed to students in grades 2 and 6 in both schools on April 25th, 2008. 3 Uttam Sharma, a doctoral student at the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota (sharm061@umn.edu), has done the evaluation of the initial pilot phase.

OLE conducted an extensive teacher training program in cooperation with Nepal’s National Center for Educational Development (Nepal’s national teacher training organization).

A second deployment happened in April, 2009, which will eventually encompass 5000 laptops. See OLE Nepal Blog

As per the request of the teachers, students, and parents, they have set up a digital library (E-Pustakalaya) that literally translates from Nepali into English. This “E-Library” includes all required curriculum textbooks.

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Deployment Status [[Deployment status::OLPC Nepal deployed initially ~200 XOs, and later up to 2500 XOs to 26 schools in 6 districts. The machines included the E-Paath learning activities for early elementary students, and are to have school servers running their digial library.]]


Support by the EU / National Institutions to the OLPC initiative or olpc community

  1. from OLPC Nepal "School Sector Reform Plan (SSRP) Phase 2 - NEPAL: The total budget for this project is approximately €1.26 billion to be jointly funded by the European Union (EU), Asian Development Bank (ADB), AusAID, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Unicef, World Bank, Global Partnership for Education (GPE), and the government of Nepal." I'm happy to read the European Union (EU), Denmark, Finland and Norway found about a billion so all kids in NEPAL could have an XO. I'm not quite sure how the EU PIIGS - Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain parents with school going kids welcome this news. Doesn't it make a valid claim to maybe get at least an olpc lab in every of their provinces? Nepal has 26,494,504 inhabitants, average lifetime expectancy some 66 years. Age range olpc kids: 5-15=10 years. 10 years/66 years is about 1/6 people in Nepal is an olpc kid = 1/6 x 26 million = 4,014.318 olpc kids => 1,600.000.000 €/4,014.318 olpc kids = 400 €/olpc kid. An XO = 135 €+30 € portable PV panel = 165 €. Why can't we do that for EU kids? --SvenAERTS 01:11, 21 January 2014 (UTC)
Please provide a reference to "School Sector Reform Plan (SSRP) Phase 2". I don't see how your speculation about EU has any relevance for OLPC Nepal. Please keep content on pages on topic. --Quozl 01:31, 21 January 2014 (UTC)


4/26/2009 OLE Nepal deploys nearly 2500 laptops to 26 schools in 6 districts of Nepal. XO Laptops are installed with E-Paath interactive learning activities integrated into curriculum for classes 2, 3, and 6.

4/15/08 OLE Nepal Launches E-Pustakalaya Digital Library.

8/27/08 NPR Robbie Karmacharia is running a small OLPC pilot in Nepal. He says that even though the Nepali government is skeptical of the entire concept, he compares his efforts to what happened in Nepal over 50 years ago: a widespread literacy and education campaign. He believes that this is the time to take the next leap.

5/30/08 Rabi Karmacharya, executive director of OLE Nepal, gives a presentation at OLPC headquarters about Nepal's progress

5/19/08 Express Computer The OLPC team has also done some pilot project in India and Nepal… “As per my knowledge, the Nepal government has provided laptops and is planning to introduce this project across the country,” added Shailendra Badoni, Chief Operating Officer, Datacraft India.

4/25/08 OLE Nepal launches wide trial in Bashuki and Bishwamitra schools

2/8/08 Advogato While Richard Stallman was visiting southern India to speak in January, the folks at the OLPC Nepal blog caught up with him and managed to do an hour-long interview. The interview is available… In it, Stallman expresses his support for the OLPC project and, in particular, it's use of free BIOS. He says he is even thinking of replacing his old Thinkpad for an OLPC XO. His only complaint is with the use of proprietary code for wireless networking.

6/2007: Members of the OLPC Nepal community form OLE Nepal to implement Nepal's pilots

1/15/07 PSFK: “Children’s Machine Implementation Debate” “Amidst all the buzz, though, skeptics worry that the implementation plans being outlined are unrealistic. $100 does not factor in training costs, hardware and software maintenance, as well as internet access. One estimate from Jon Carnfield of OLPC News brings the bill up to over $970. Meanwhile, according to OLPC News, Libya is earmarking $208 per laptop and a Brazilian professor puts his country’s cost at $235. The debate has spilled onto Slashdot and Newsforge as well. Think you can solve the problem? OLPC News is soliciting implementation plans for Nepal.”

Additional Information Sources

Other Content

detailed article:OLPC Nepal/Background

Nepal Government

Nepal Government has three-tier committees to implement OLPC in Nepal under Ministry of Education.

  • Steering Committee -- Secretary of Ministry of Education chairs this
  • Coordination Committee -- Director of Department of Education chairs this
  • Task Force -- Deputy Director of Department of Education chairs this

Historical Planning Documents

These pages are preserved to show the history but they are dated now and do not show actual deployment design.


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Number of Laptops Number of manufactured laptops::4400
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Date(s) Arrived in Country ,|x|Has received laptops on date::x}}
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Deployment Status Deployment status::Deployments by OLE Nepal done. Additional deployments under consideration.