Astronomy education in the curriculum in Nepal: the need for capacity building from an author's persepective

Astronomy in schools: how do you get your administration and your ministry to listen?
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2022
UTC: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
, Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Although astronomy is a separate branch of science it has been included as a physics curriculum in Nepal. The curriculum of Nepal is being prepared, updated and evaluated by the Curriculum Development Centre (CDC) under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Nepal. Generally, curriculum is being updated in each 10 years. According to the policy Nepal is in the phase of implementation of new curriculum as it has been prepared in 2020. The new curriculum has been implemented for Grades 1, 6 and 11 in the year 2020, for Grades 2,3,6 and 12 in the year 2021, for Grades 4,7 and 9 in the year 2022 and for Grades 5,8 and 10 will be implemented in the year 2022. As per the new curriculum of Nepal prepared by CDC, astronomy is included under the curriculum of Science and technology from Grades 4 to 10 and Physics in Grades 11 and 12. Looking at the scenario, our curriculum gives very less priority in astronomy education. One of the reasons for this could be the less interest of teachers, educators and curriculum developers in astronomy education. In spite of this, astronomy education is being included in each level now as a major unit.
But, even with the updated curriculum, the result of the understanding and knowledge in students seems to be not so satisfactory. This can be visioned as the lack of knowledge among the teachers and educators which fails to quench the thirst of the students in the respective subject matter.
Hence, I would like to share about the need of capacity building among the teacher and educators to facilitate the understanding of the knowledge along with the newer updates in the introduction of chapters and units in the astronomy in Nepali science books/curriculum. Also, the detailed information about the subjects that has been incorporated in the Nepali text books will be shared.

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