TeachApp, a mobile application launched by the British Council Nepal in December 2015 received the coveted Juror’s Special Mention award in mBillionth Award 2016, held on July 23, 2016 at Eros Hotel in New Delhi.
348 mobile apps competed under several categories namely Early Stage Projects, Health and Well Being, Culture and Tourism, Government and Citizen Engagement, Media and Entertainment, Business and Commerce, Learning and Education, Agriculture and Environment, Inclusion and Empowerment, Smart Settlements and Urbanization.
British Council Nepal’s TeachApp won the award under the category Learning and Education among 50 other nominations in the same grouping.
Dr. Jovan Ilic, Country Director of the British Council Nepal shared on the winning, “This application has been a great tool to facilitate the professional development of teachers. Quality self-access materials on different topics related to teaching and learning is now readily available for them. Teachapp is also being used as a monitoring tool to ensure smooth implementation of our projects. This was a new idea to support British Council Nepal’s blended learning approach and this recognition has encouraged us to develop and to expand it even further.”
Vaishali Pradhan, programmes manager at the British Council Nepal added, “Unlike computers there isn’t too much of a skill barrier in using applications and the Internet on your phone and this is why we felt that a mobile app could be an effective way of reaching out to teachers from both rural and urban areas. Further, this handy device will always be with teachers wherever they go and accessing materials will be easy even while teaching.”
Evelene Moktan, Operations Manager of Focus One, the technical partner for TeachApp shared, “In today’s time in Nepal, it is imperative for trainers and teachers to fill all communication gaps for enabling a better learning atmosphere. Teachapp has bridged that gap by facilitating teachers with a unique application to find relevant classroom teaching materials.
British Council Nepal’s mobile phone application, TeachApp was launched in December 2015. It is one of the initiatives under British Council Nepal’s NIITE (National Initiative to Improve Teaching in English) Project. While this app is primarily an offline source of teaching materials for teachers, it also functions as a monitoring tool for the Project and as a medium of communication with the British Council in Nepal. Once downloaded, most of the teaching resources can be accessed offline. The app can be downloaded for free from Google PlayStore.
About mBillionth Award
The mBillionth Award seek to not only reward all those who are taking initiatives to bridge the digital divide, empower people and bring about greater socio-economic equality but also create an ecosystem and network of such innovators and developers so that they can learn from each other, collaborate and scale up. The objectives of this award are to recognise innovations and creativity in mobile and telecom solutions, to provide a platform for benchmarking people-oriented innovations in the telecom industry, to provide a wider forum for strategic networking, alliances and partnership building, to provide a South Asia Congress to exchange ideas, policy strengths & mobile advocacy, to facilitate in building a South Asia network for campaign and advocacy in mobile for mass empowerment and inclusive growth.