It’s all about learning

Nepali project is a pilot case for the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) South Asia, which aims to raise awareness and the capacity of universities and students to understand better global development challenges. I want to emphasize the term “learning”, because that has been the most significant outcome what I have got from the project.

It has been a moment since we returned from the field trip and I’m still on my way to normal routines. The field trip was full of new experiences and interesting human contacts. At this point it’s hard to understand all the things I have actually learned during the field trip. However, I’m sure that the journey changed something in each of us permanently, and it will affect definitely how we act and think in the future situations.

Nepali team 2019 with some of the unique local children (© Carles Martínez 2019)

The group became a team

Although just upon the arrival in Kathmandu, the team has become one better, stronger and larger group by the full integration of the five students from the AITM, Asian Institute of Technology and Management whose have been contributing as the half necessary for making such a project. See the profiles of a real, cohesioned and unique multidisciplinary team of twelve students.


Dhungentar – from my perspective

Today was the third full day in Dhungentar. Outside it has been sunny and warm so far, the views are amazing and people extremely friendly. We are staying at the Multipurpose Community Hall, which was built just a few months ago by an NGO, and it has been perfect for our stay and hopefully it will be useful for the community in the future as well.

Views on our way to Dhungentar (©Carles Martínez Millana)

From Kathmandu to Dhungentar

As a team, we feel extremely excited not only for the achievement of finally making it here without any inconvenience, but most likely the very opposite, we’ve been welcomed as could have never asked for. Thus Nepal and its hectic capital was not only one important piece of the required analysis before piloting some ideas in Dhungentar village, but also priceless inspiration.

© Carles Martínez 2019
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From paper to reality: A summary of today

©Luis Alfonso Monje, Helsinki, 2019

The team for the Nepali Project 2019 has been working hard since the first 5 students had their first meeting in November 2018. After a while, these students from Aalto University, Finland received the news of 2 new members that will be complimenting the made in Finland team. By the end of January, the number increased to 12, with the new members from the Asian Institute of Technology and Management, Kathmandu. Today, there are only a few days left for getting together and working for specifics objectives and perhaps, building a common one for all of them, always focusing in the rural village of Dhungentar, Nepal.

There is room and potential to combine our scopes.

©Luis Alfonso Monje, Helsinki, 2019

Both angles taken by the teams are valid and extremely complimentary. In one hand, the team from the AITM arises at first sight from economical sustainability; while the direction chosen by the team from Aalto University is mostly seeing on the social sustainability sphere.