The main objective of OEL320 is to provide students with the conceptual tools and learning experiences to develop a deeper understanding of the educational challenges and opportunities in Kathmandu. This objective will be achieved through a combination of experiential learning, e-learning, classroom activities, and participation in an overseas trip to Kathmandu, Nepal. One of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals is to provide inclusive and quality education for all as a way to empower individuals to improve their lives and allow them to break out of the poverty cycle. Just like most of the members of the UN, the Government of Nepal has also committed to achieving the "Inclusive Social Development" goal by 2030. However, this has not been realised at local schools and communities. On the contrary, longitudinal research shows that children with disabilities in Nepal are 10 times less likely to attend school than those without. This course will encourage students to critically analyse the complexities facing the pursuit of educational equity in both Nepal and Singapore, through comparing how historical, political, social and economic factors shape educational development, ideologies, and policies in both countries. By working with local practitioners on education-related projects in Nepal and Singapore, students will not only learn about the challenges and opportunities facing the implementation of educational policies, but also get to reflect critically on the relationship between educational practices and equity.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January