Sometimes you have to take a Slow Food approach to looking for OERs in other languages. Today I had Bhutan on my mind, but after learning that Google can’t translate Bhutanese or Dzongkha, I flipped over to Nepal.
Nepal has an interesting project/gateway called OLE Nepal, and from there I discovered e-pustakalaya, a free and open digital library. Now, the site is incredibly slow so browsing it requires a lot of patience when you’re accustomed to clicking and getting. I had to take a click, go away for a coffee, come back, click again kind of approach which is a good reminder of the challenges of access to OER in regions where the digital infrastructure and access to is lagging.
Here are a few exhibits:
Nepali Child Dictionary – pdf. (perhaps a great reference for those interested in learning Nepalese)
Good House at Home, -pdf. an early ready children’s book, which is really quite lovely for its illustrations alone.
The course materials section seems well populated with topics. I dipped into the environment folder, and it is well populated with self-study and other course materials. Again, patience required.
Climate Change and Agriculture , -pdf. a 2015 publication that could be part of an interesting comparative exercise or synthesis (open pedagogy idea?) although most of the references appear to be in English so it could be a translation. Having said that, the images and photos appear localized.
There many audiobooks as well, almost all in English, which suggests to me that there is a (unsurprisingly) dual purpose of providing resourced for English language learning.
There’s a lot to explore here if you can take a Slow Browse approach.
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