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We’ve kicked off Project Think Big Nepal!

We’re happy and thrilled to announce that our project in Nepal has officially started. We will work together with OLPC, and they just announced they will provide us with 10 laptop to start off with.

The objective of Project Think Big Nepal is to create a yearlong extracurricular academic and mentorship program for 10 children—mostly girls—who have been rescued from slavery or abandonment. Through the use of the laptops, the program will encompass a wide-ranging curriculum that will enhance the children’s understanding of themselves and the world and will foster cognitive, psychological and emotional development.

The curriculum will be divided into 3 parts; each part will take 4 months to complete:

* The first part of the curriculum focuses on geography, peoples of the world, cultures and religions.
* The second part focuses on government, law and human rights.
* The third part focuses on health, the environment and basic science.

Each section will include focused readings, writings, and creative exercises for the particular subjects. The participants will be responsible for teaching younger children at the orphanage what they’re learning, and mentor those who will participate in the program the following year. Although Children of Tomorrow is starting off with ten children due to the OLPC contributors program guidelines, the goal is for this program to grow and expand for years to come.

The objectives of the program are:
* To fill in the gaps in the children’s education due to lack of schooling;
* To broaden their understanding of themselves, society and the world;
* To enhance cognitive development through the use of technology;
* To enhance critical thinking skills through a specialized curriculum in contrast to the rote lessons inherent in the Nepalese school system;
* To develop creative thought and communication skills through various in-class and independent exercises;
* To enhance emotional development through self-empowerment and confidence-building exercises needed after years of victimization;
* To increase interpersonal skills between the students at all age levels, encouraging them to move into leadership roles in the future;
* To create a mentorship program between older and younger children in order to maximize the program’s benefits for years to come;
* To enhance student interaction with each other through the use of technology,  fostering an innovative learning experience outside the classroom.

The children will use the laptops to read given assignments, participate in exercises, as well as to write their own newspapers and create their own storybooks. Participants are responsible to teach some of what they learn to the other children in the orphanage, fostering communication and mentorship skills.

For this project, Children of Tomorrow is partnering with Nepal Orphans Home (NOH), a nonprofit organization in Kathmandu that operates homes for children who’ve been orphaned, abandoned or rescued from bonded labor.

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