Sun Jan 19 2014
With the vision to empower all people to freely connect, create and share in a digital world that is participatory, transparent, and sustainable, for the first time Education Freedom Day has celebrated on 18th Jan 2014. It was decided in 2013 to celebrate this day from the same organizations, who has been celebrating Software Freedom Day. The major objective to educating the educators, librarians, students about the benefits of making and sharing the open knowledge and the tools already in place to achieve that objectives. We in Nepal had started to celebrate this day with the joint effort from Open Communities like FOSS Nepal Community, Mozilla Nepal, Wikimedia Nepal, VTS and GPF Nepal.
The program was hosted in GPF Premises in Kamaladi. Start from 11 AM, It was networking sessions where the people/communities has time to knowing each others, sharing cards, making connections. There were some stalls of communities like FOSS Nepal Communities, VTS, Mozilla Nepal and Wikimedia Nepal.
After 1 hour, Everyone entered to seminar hall, where we were suppose to present 3 topics in 1 hour. Prakash Neupane started the program with the objective of Education Freedom Day.
Prabin Gautam from FOSS Nepal Community also working as the lecturer in Kathmandu University was there for presenting FOSS for Education. He showed the example of open source software that educational institution can use.
Ganesh Poudel, from Nepali Wikimedia Community shows how professors and teachers can use wikipedia in class. He shows some case study of it. He explain about pilot program of Wikimedia Education Program in Nepal.
Martin Dluhos from Czech Republic, who is currently volunteer on OLE Nepal for OPLC program, and working in Free Software Foundation on past One Laptop Per Child : Universal Educational FOSS Platform, He presented the overview of OLPC, vision and demonstration of it.
Around 50 people actively participated this event. Probably the first event in 2014 where all the open knowledge activist gather up for mission.