[sugar] Narrative

Bryan Berry bryan.berry
Sun Oct 5 00:59:44 EDT 2008

>Michael Stone wrote:
>Bryan Berry wholly captured my attention tonight when he said (in

   "Sugar offers an excellent mode for discovery but no excellent way to
   manipulate narratives. Both discovery and narrative are essential for
   learning." [1]
>This statement seems to me both indisputable and damning; if true, it
>strikes to the core of the claim that Sugar is appropriate for

There is something I would like to add. Folks from rich countries (like
myself) underestimate the importance of narratives b/c we are surrounded
by libraries, online tutorials in our native language, extensive
versions of wikipedia in our language, etc. There's a real drought of
narratives for poor countries.

For example, the library at our pilot school Vishwamitra has about 20-30
books in it for 600 kids. Our pilot school, Bashuki, has something like
10 books. There are roughly 3 small public libraries in Kathmandu, 2 of
which are at foreign embassies. There is a Nepali language wikipedia but
it is very small in size.

If you are interested learning more about what is happening at Nepal's
pilot schools, check out this formative evaluation: 

Bryan W. Berry
Technology Director
OLE Nepal, http://www.olenepal.org

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