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Karkhana Reads

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Hi! Are you guys ready for this weeks’ list of reads?


  1. The donors aiming to improve quality and the government focusing on infrastructure and access seems to have created a clash of interest causing a gradual decline in the share of bilateral and multilateral budgetary support. Find more on this here.
  2. Kara Swisher, co-founder at Recode, shares her story and experiences with the worst, and best, bosses. Kara says she is fantastic, not too confident. Read more on this here.
  3. Sakar has always enjoyed reading about strange people that don’t fit into the society well. He finds that there are interesting things to be learnt from the people at the fringes. He stumbled upon this article from the Vanity Fair that tells the story of Khalid bin al-Saud who has made investors from all over the world fall for his schemes.
  4. Prayush shared this tale of the world’s largest megalopolis – Shenzhen, about how to transformed itself from a rural village to its current state. But, this bewildering urbanization comes with a price to pay. Find out more on this here.
  5. Arts and Education is one of the agendas that Photo Kathmandu 2018 addresses. What help does visual code do for teachers and students? Sunoj shared this piece written by Ayushma Regmi with us.

Happy Reading! ^_^

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Karkhana Reads

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Hi all! With the festive season on, vacation days are on in Nepal! We hope that you can squeeze in these lovely reads among all of these festivities! 😀


  1. Sachet shared a beautiful mother-daughter tale of appreciation, thankfulness, self-realization and confidence written by Muna Gurung. This story speaks of living a life in pursuit of beautiful things! 🙂
  2. In a world of digital journalism, magazines no longer have a monopoly on the concept that they invented. However, magazine covers seem to play an important role in the sales of magazines. And now the designs of magazine covers have started reaching out for cultural aspirations beyond pop culture! Read this piece that Sakar shared with us to learn more on this!
  3. This read tells us that pirates are “the most sophisticated and successful criminal organizations in history.” As violent and greedy the pirates were, they prospered fascinatingly outside the rule of law. Follow this link shared by Sakar to learn more on this!
  4. Sometime last week, Dikshya brought this book titled Sea Prayers written by Khaled Hosseini and we passed it around. It was a quick five minute read that left a few of us moving. So, if you are looking for something quick to read this holidays, you could pick this book!

Have a happy dashain, everyone!

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Karkhana Reads

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Hi all! We are a  few days late for this weeks list of fun reads. But, hey, it’s better late than never, right?


  1. Have you ever wondered why our national flag is of an unusual shape? Hmm.. I have and Hasin seems to have found this piece on the Internet that tells us why.
  2. Sakar shared this article from Edutopia that tells us about the 7 Outstanding K-8 Flexible classrooms! Follow this link to know more!
  3. Jasna, our new member at KIC, did some research and reading for our ongoing KIC class: My City. And she shared one of the articles on an Aurora-like mystery called Steve.
  4. And from 11,845 kms away, Dipesh shared with us one of the shorter readings he had the past week on Cognitive Science and Cognitive Science Education. Find the PDF here!
  5. The Mafia grew in India because of the citrus market there! Roshan shared this essay with us that tells us more on that!
  6. Sakar found us an article from The Wired that tells us about the educational tyranny of neurotypicals.

The current school system is too rigid, and it’s designed for a different world.


Okay guys! That’s the list for this week! We’ll send you more soon! Until then, happy reading!

-Mamina Shrestha

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Can I?

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  • Yaman Thapa

Incorporating the 4Cs (Collaboration, Critical thinking, Communication and Creativity) in learning does sound fancy and interesting but making the children work together is a challenge. I recently observed a BeeCreative class for the students of Grade 6 at Kaasthamandap Vidyalaya. The students were divided into teams of 4 and had to come up with their own games using only paper cups. Later, using a rubber band tied to four strings, they had to build a tower without directly touching the cups and the rubberband.

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Merry Christmas!

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Dear Karkhana Family,

Season’s Greetings!

Today is December 25, 2017. It’s Christmas and I stayed home all day. My initial plan wasn’t this. I wanted to go to work, see what gifts my Secret Santa got for me and also take a wild guess at who my Secret Santa was.You know, get into the holiday spirit like everyone else across the globe. But, like I often say, life isn’t a wish granting factory. I didn’t step a foot outside today.

My past few days here at work had been filled with the buzz of “Secret Santa”. I was really excited. Everyone was. I mean, it’s Secret Santa. Who wouldn’t be excited? A few close ones shared with me who their “Santee” was. “Do you know who is my Santa?” This was the question everyone asked everyone. I had a hard time keeping a straight face while answering this. But I saw a few people smoothly answering the question which often left me speechless. The Christmas buzz in the air wasn’t something you could easily deny, at Karkhana. The seasons greetings could be felt in the air itself.

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Sports’ Day 2017- Mamina rants

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6th December, 2017 is my scariest day at Karkhana till date. I didn’t see a ghost, I didn’t get hit by a truck, I wasn’t ghosted by anyone. It wasn’t because I broke someone’s heart. It wasn’t because someone else broke my heart. It was because I was scared.

Starting off the day by going through the gallis of Ason and getting things ready for the Sports’ Day after coming at Karkhana, the day had a good start unlike most days. There we were prepping up for this and that and what not. Carrying tables on top of our heads, getting our hands covered with the white cement, making sure the riddles were ready and so were the treasures. It was a mixture- of rush, of excitement, of anxiousness, of memories, of challenge and  of determination.

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An inside story: From the classrooms

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If you even remember bits and pieces of your school days, you might certainly remember that one particular student in your class who would rarely say these things out loud, but always behave in certain ways that would hint at: “I don’t like to talk to anyone”, “I will just stare at the wall all day”, “ Why do we have group projects?” and so forth. Here, I am speaking of those particular students who found it difficult to ask for the teachers’ help even if they were having a lot of trouble understanding what was being taught. Here, I am also speaking of myself – a good decade old me.

I recently went to Olympia World School for a classroom observation. As our BC teacher Ms. Sangden began her class on “LED and Craft” with an interesting story, I was looking keenly at the students- watching their expressions change, listening as the room filled with a little laughter. I noticed a student sitting alone at a desk that could easily fit in 4 students. I did not wonder why. Seeing him like that made me nostalgic. The old picture of myself back at school became more vivid than ever before. A part of me was scared and another part of me was also curious to see how he would do the activities in the class as, in BC classes, students are split into teams where they have to come up with ideas, then work on them and then share their project at the end of the class.

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Celebrating end of cluster at Paragon Public School

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On November 4th, 2017, a report card distribution was scheduled at Paragon Public School, Tilganga. While the students and parents were definitely feeling jittery because of the usual “report card day blues”, there was also a lot of excitement and buzz at the school yesterday. Keeping up with the vibes and energy at the venue, a team from Karkhana was all set to make the day a memorable experience for everyone present.

Taking forward a new and interesting idea of organizing cluster based Design Challenge (DC), we prepared and planned out Design Challenges for the students of Grade 5 and 7, that were based on the clusters: “Structure and Stability”and “Fun With Electronics” respectively. Letting students figure out ways in which they could take learning outside their classrooms and think of finding out solutions adaptable to real-life scenarios was our main aim for doing this. Two Design Challenges: “Shake Table” and “Traffic Awareness” were run simultaneously, both of them starting at 10AM.

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A Session from the ongoing Teacher Development Session at Karkhana

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Karkhana started off as a team of 5-6 members. It had a few set of teachers and a limited number of students to work with. In the small team, it was easier to see the growth and keep track of the progress of all individuals. To see how a person was growing as an individual was easy which made it easier to see the growth of the team itself. But now the team has grown and expanded to a larger team of people. We have members from multiple backgrounds:

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Karkhana Mela – Where it all came together

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With the target of putting together a fun-filled day before the Dashain break actually kicked off, Karkhana came up with the idea of Karkhana Mela. After weeks and weeks of planning and bringing together a set of activities that could be done during the Mela, the big day eventually arrived. Read more

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