ASD in conjunction with the Education Support Program of OSF organized a two and a half day workshop on critical thinking titled “Transforming Society through Education: Challenges and Implications” at Kathmandu from 28th June to 30th June, 2012. The workshop was designed with the aim of engaging the members in a participative and interactive manner to model the type and approach to learning and practice that would promote an open society. The workshop brought Critical Thinking Master trainers and other educators from Nepal, Pakistan, India, Thailand and Burma working on issues of Education in South and South East Asia together and sought out to frame the underlying issues and take the conversation forward.
International Debate Education Association (IDEA) in partnership with United Thailand organized the 1st IDEA Asia Youth Forum in Pattaya and Bangkok, Thailand from 14-27 May 2012. Sixteen participants from Nepal were selected for the debate teams, coaches and judges track for this event. Out of these, seven are members of the Nepal Debate Initiative (NDI),an informal network of debaters supported by ASD. The participation intended to build knowledge and capacity of the participants in Karl Popper Debate Format and who in the future are committed to strengthen and promote the activities NDI.
In the first Asian Karl Popper Debate Championships (KPDC), 24 teams of three speakers in each team aged between 14-19 years old from ten Asian countries competed against each other.Akrish Adhikari, 17, Isha Raut, 17 and Yondeen Sherpa, 16 of Nepal Team 2 reached the Grand Finals and became the runner ups in the "Asian Karl Popper Debate Championships 2012". The motion of the debate was: "Foreign workers should be given the right to vote in local elections in the country where they are working for a significant period".
Nepal Team 1 and Nepal Team 3 also made it to the octo-finals (top 8 team). Isha Raut and Yondeep Sherpa bagged the 2nd and 4th best speaker title. Similarly, in the Mixed Team Track (MTT), Kajal Kadmia’s (18) from Janakpur, Nepal was a member of the winning team ‘of MTT. The motion for the Mixed Team Track Finals was: "State should not use labor export as a major economic strategy". Rhythm Uprety took the 10th best speaker position in the MTT.
ASD Education program, in coordination with “Sikshak magazine”, organized a half-day roundtable discussion on “Contemporary issues in classroom: Why and How?” on June 3, 2012 at Lalitpur. Representatives from Ministry of Education, Curriculum Development Committee, Teachers from various public and private schools, Teachers’ union, and Educationists were present during the discussion. The discussion reiterated the need for the contemporary issues to be discussed inside the classrooms in order to contribute to the holistic development of the students.
The Youth program organized Debate Training and Competition in Birtamod and Birgunj between 07 April and 15 April 2012. Two trainers from Kathmandu and two local trainers gave three days of intensive training followed by a competition among the 20 participants in each district. The age group of the participants was between 14 to 20 years. The trainers are the alumni of New Media and Debate Workshop held in 2010 and 2011. They are also active members of Nepal Debate Initiative, a loose network of debaters all over the country supported by ASD.
ASD Education program organized a discussion program on 19 March 2012 at Pokhara on "Investment in Education" with a paper presented by Dr. Bidyanath Koirala .38 participants were present including ASD education grantees, teachers, and members from various unions and professional organizations. It was followed by discussions about the need of better monitoring at the local level.