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.
ASD held a follow-up discussion program on higher secondary education in Illam and Panchthar districts on February 7-8, 2012. Dr. Binaya Kushiyat presented his paper on higher secondary education and its policies, which was followed by discussions.
New Media Alumni Meet was held on March 20, 2012 in Pokhara. The meeting intended to explore the interest of the participants from previous workshops organized by ASD Youth Program and expose them to ways they can promote their interests and put their ideas into practice.The participants were mainly from Kaski, Baglung and Syangja.