Behind the Scenes: Meet Kalpana

This month, SCOLA fans learned about the Country of Nepal on our social media sites. The information shared about the country was brought to us by Kalpana and Chinta, both are from Nepal and both are former USTTI participants at SCOLA!

kalpana2At four years old, Kalpana joined “The Rising School” and went on to pass the SLC (School Leaving Certificate) examination in 2000. She then joined the Unique Academy of Lalitpur and passed in 2002. Afterwards, Kalpana joined the Patan Multiple campus of Lalitpur, which is controlled by Tribhuvan University. She graduated with a BBS (Bachelors in Business Studies) in 2006. Kalpana then  accepted her first job in a computer institute where she received experience in computer hardware repair, and maintenance and general operation of computer applications.

In 2008, Kalpana joined Nepal Television as a Senior Assistant Computer Operator. She has also worked in computer repair and maintenance, Repair Maintenance of Non linear Editing sets, Internet sharing, Audio/ Video Networks, and website updating in Nepal Television.

Kalpana got the opportunity to visit Mexico in 2011 as the representative of Nepal Television Employee Association. While there, she learned about Mexico’s culture and geography.

Then in 2012, Kalpana visited the United States for the USTTI program “Satellite and Internet Delivery of Educational Television and Multimedia” at SCOLA. Since then, Kalpana has been working asKalpana1 a provider for SCOLA.

Currently, Kalpana is completing a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from Sikkim Manipal University in Kathmandu. She will be done with the program soon.

Kalpana says “I am very much happy to be the part of the SCOLA and I am enjoying the work I do for SCOLA. I am ready to work for SCOLA in the future for any types of jobs they require.” SCOLA is also happy to have Kalpana as one of our providers and looks forward to receiving more media from her home country of Nepal!

To learn more about Nepal or learn what the Country of the Month for September will be, log on to any of our social media sites:

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SCOLA Spotlights

At SCOLA, we like to bring our users resources that are interesting and fun, which is why we are excited to introduce SCOLA Spotlights (Coming Soon!) SCOLA Spotlights will be a new feature on the bottom of our home page that highlights different services or companies we think are beneficial to SCOLA subscribers. Each spotlight will have information about the service, an explanation of how it can benefit SCOLA users and a direct link to rianCulturalGardenofCleveland75thAnniversaryLogo12-11-12the website.

Currently, we have two services that will be added to SCOLA Spotlights. The first spotlight will be on the Cleveland Hungarian Cultural Garden. The Cleveland Cultural gardens were established in 1925 as a place where the diverse ethnic communities of Cleveland could present “cultural tributes to their poets, educators, philosophers, scientists and musicians as well as religious and political leaders”.  The intent was to promote good will and fellowship among men and women, to weld harmony among Clevelanders of diverse origins and to foster good citizenship. To learn more about the Hungarian Cultural Garden click here.

The second service that will be featured is logoKnok, a home exchange program for world travelers. The company offers an impressive list of homes around the world, an affordable subscription fee and house swap insurance. Knok gives users the ability to experience the countries they learn so much about with SCOLA.

If you own a company or know of one that you would like to see featured in SCOLA Spotlights please leave your requests in the comments below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Nepal’s Top 7 Debaters, Filling in the Gap for Parliamentary Discussions

Aarati Raghuvanshi is an undergraduate student at Boston College, in the USA. She is currently an intern for Santosh Shah, a SCOLA provider from Nepal.  Aarati wrote the following article about the new debate show from Nepal that is currently being featured on SCOLA Channel 4. You can tune into the program every Saturday at 14:05:00.

 

Nepal’s Top 7 Debaters, filling in the gap for parliamentary discussions

By Aarati Raghuvanshi

In a country where young generation is barely aware of their rights, responsibilities and their strength, “Nepal’s Top 7 Debaters” is a show that is on its way to change this mindset for good. Produced by Today’s Youth Asia, a youth led organization overseen by its president, Santosh Shah, the TV series is one of the very few platforms where Nepali students are encouraged to voice their opinions on a national level. Launched in July 2012 and successfully on its way to its third season, this annual debate show attracts viewers throughout the country. The show has also achieved recognition as the world’s first reality television show based on a debate theme.

The Constituent Assembly formed in 2008 was dissolved in 2012 without delivering the promised Constitution. At a time when Nepal’s political, social, and economic development is at halt, the show has become a medium to address public concerns. Megan Titley, a part of the live audience says, “It’s great to get young people, especially girls, out there thinking, analyzing, and adding to the conversation about topical issues.” With thought-provoking topics such as ‘whether Nepal should focus on Asia or the West for its economic prospects’ and if ‘Nepal government should ban the privatization and exploitation of its natural resources’, this platform is a powerful tool for the Nepalese youth to discuss current affairs that were previously limited to the national political figures of the country.

The debate show has also been rated as of the highest caliber by visiting judges from all over the world. For one of the final episodes, where the topic of discussion was “Peace is possible without justice”, one of the judges, Dr. Dee Aker from University of San Diego, praised the tenth grade finalist, Anuska Pant, saying: “I’m very very impressed, I’m not sure if I have university students that would do half as well as you did with the topic.” As for the other finalist, Urusha Silwal of grade twelve, fellow judge Dr. Lilia Velasquez, from California Western School of Law said, “ I wish that my law students had half of the passion that you do while debating”. When asked about the concept of the program, Santosh Shah, the producer of the show says, “After the Constituent Assembly was dissolved in May 2012, there was a dearth of public platform to discuss the grave national issues, and my team and I thought that a debate series on a national channel would fill in the need very well, where young concerned citizens can fearlessly voice forth their findings, logics and public opinions. That is how we conceptualized Top 7 Debaters.”

The TV series may have the added glamour of a reality show, however participants are solely judged by Santosh Shah and two alternating judges. Claire Naylor, a judge for one of the episodes, says “Everyone has their own standard and way of judging, but we all look for the same things from a participant – content, clarity, and confidence. I was blown away by the maturity and the conviction of the students.” Naylor further adds “It’s beautiful and powerful to see youths do something for other youths,” denoting to the fact that the production team is made up entirely of people in their 20s – the producer of the show Mandira Raut and the entire production team are in their 20’s, while the anchors and the research team are even younger.

Leadership Academy, the youth education wing of Today’s Youth Asia that actually operates the show, aims to train many young intellectuals on the technical details of scripting, editing, and production, exposing them to the world of media at an early age. In fact, not only are youths included in the production of the show, but also in the brainstorming phase of the show as students can suggest interesting topics for debate through the use of social media.

Nepal’s Top 7 Debaters is a show that has ignited a spark on the once stagnant and withdrawn spirit of the people of Nepal. It has and continues to provide young debaters a powerful platform to raise genuine and forthright concerns of common people that are often missed out in the discussions of parliaments, politics, diplomacy, and developments. It is indeed heart-warming and inspiring to see an organization that recognizes and values the role of the youth in our society.

 

Not only does SCOLA broadcast excellent programming from Nepal, it is also our August Country of the Month. Visit any of our social media pages to learn more about the country.

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