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Teach For Nepal has been my destiny. Coming across this fellowship, I immediately applied for it. I am really excited to go to a school as a teacher and help hundreds of students’ pursue their dreams. I changed nine schools in my life from primary to higher secondary, and even between public and private schools. This has made me realize the importance of the learning environment and having great teachers. I found it much harder to study and receive an education in public schools. This experience made me contemplate a lot. Why is there such education disparity in my country? Why couldn’t I study in public schools properly? This is why I call Teach For Nepal my destiny, because I am not only seeking answers to my questions but I am also trying to provide a quality education to public school students.

I was born in a village of Nuwakot district. I studied in public schools from Grade 1 through the end of my Master’s degree. After completing my higher secondary from Nuwakot district, I came to the capital for further studies. Sometimes I taught as a teacher, and I worked in different private companies. At one point I was an employee at a trading company. My experiences have taught me to work hard under any conditions. I came first in my class during my school life. I was not happy being first because most of my friends failed – I think because of our teachers. I used to think that if I were a teacher I would apply methods they weren’t using. I was encouraged by my friends and I made the decision to become a good teacher at that time. This led me to Teach for Nepal, and to apply. I learned more about the values and about TFN through the selection and training period. I am proud of my struggles, courage and continuity in working hard. I have the capacity to face anything in my...

My name is Samiksha Adhikari. I was born in Hetauda, and moved to Kathmandu when I was 3 years old. I have been living here since then. My overall experience as a student was positive. Learning was always fun, and I was able to spend time with my friends. I was always allowed to make my own decisions, which meant I went through both good and bad phases. But looking back, I think who I have become today – able to stand proud despite some failures, and confident in the love I have from my familiy, friends and my precious students – is my greatest accomplishment till date. Teaching has always been a passion for me, and I wanted to take part in a challenging mission. I always wanted to do something for my people, for my society and for my country. Seeing the Fellowship vacancy was the first step to fulfilling these desires. I never had any second thoughts. I used to think of it as a teaching job, but now I can say it is more about grooming yourself and transforming other people’...

It’s always tough to be away from home for a long period of time. I spent my nine years of school life in hostel. Being away from home, I was shaped in a different way; to be humble, disciplined, and less talkative. After completing SLC, I decided to stay home for two years for higher secondary education. Following the trend, and my parents’ wishes, I left for the US for my further education in 2004. Once again, I left my home. I didn’t only leave my home but also my country, my culture, my people, and my language. Being away was not a big deal for me then. The real challenge was the adjustment; adjustment with new people, new culture and new educational system. But slowly I was able to adjust with the support from my friends and seniors. Then my concern was my education; I had seen many friends who skipped classes for work and dropped out of college eventually. But I completed my undergraduate studies and I felt accomplished. I also got a nice job after college but after complet...

In my community (Kanchanpur district of Far Western Development Region), most of the children go to government schools where education isn’t so good. Most of them drop out of their school before reaching Grade 10. After leaving school, one and only option for them is to go to India to make money through low paid jobs. But fortunately, being the eldest son in my family, my grandfather sent me to a private school. Because of our financial constraints, my siblings had to go to public schools. I could see the difference in education quality we received. I was a hardworking student and did quite well. I completed my Bachelor’s in Development Studies from Pokhara University. I was honored with the award of Deans List for my outstanding academic performance during my Bachelor’s level. Another big achievement for me was to be selected as the delegate from University students from Nepal to participate in JENESYS 2.0 conducted by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in Tokyo, ...

Though I attended one of the most renowned schools in town, the system of education was not prioritized for the needs of individual students. Despite having good infrastructure and opportunities in extracurricular activities, the teaching was still theory based rather than practical. I learned about Teach For Nepal in a college info session at Thames International College. As a Social Work student, I am aware of the challenges faced by the students of government schools. My participation at various workshops and volunteer teaching at schools have made me more interested in this field. This fellowship became the most appropriate platform to give students what I missed in school while also contributing to long-term education improvements. My parents became supportive and were happy when I was selected for this fellowship. Their optimism in the mission I have joined makes my commitment even stronger.

Being from a lower middle class family, I’ve struggled very hard to fulfill my dreams. My parents are illiterate and there are three children in our family. Due to poverty they couldn’t afford our education and basic necessities. So I worked throughout my life to attain education. I want every kid to get an excellent education and have better life opportunities. I know the standard and quality of education in many public schools of our country. I know the standards and teaching methodologies of many teachers in public schools in the remote regions. And I know how that the kids are the ones being cheated as a result of the education system. Having been a public school student, I believe that if I don’t take initiative to change the system then my struggle until now will be worthless. So when I got the chance to be a part of Teach For Nepal, I accepted the challenge that would allow me to fulfill my dream of being able to help all children in Nepal.

While studying for my Bachelors, I learned that many children are dying due to malnutrition in the Far-Western Development Region. When I worked as a Health Inspector in Bardiya, I saw things that were beyond my imagination. Therefore, I have dreamed of working in the field of nutrition while supporting and improving the lives of children under-five in that region. I was attracted to Teach For Nepal when I stumbled upon the advertisement that asked, “What if your first job was to change the nation?” It inspired me to learn more about this noble initiative to end education inequity in Nepal, and I couldn’t help joining this fellowship. Initially it was challenging but I finally convinced my parents to join this movement. Pursuing this fellowship means putting my dreams of my further education on hold. After contemplating a lot, I decided that I want to contribute my life to children at public schools so that they receive the best possible education.

One of my favourite books says, “We can’t choose where we come from but we can choose where we go from there,” but I believe that one’s background both informs and moulds a person. Mine certainly did. I was born in a small town in Meghalaya, India but my parents’ decision to provide me with better education and exposure took me to a lot of places around India. My first stop was Rockvale Academy at Kalimpong. The hostel was initially a struggle, since I was so young, but my teachers, especially the late D.B.Chettri, provided me with care and support. School became my second home, and the hostel taught me to take care of myself and find a family wherever I went. My learning continued beyond the walls of educational institutions. My experience while running a restaurant, and then venturing into a different field – professional karaoke jockey – provided some of the learning that I cherish the most. I heard a lot about Teach For India during college and knew about the kind of dedic...

After I returned from Mangalore with an MBA, expectations were that I would pursue a career in banking, much like my father. However, I chose to follow my passion for teaching since I plan to become a lecturer. I came across this fellowship and applied without the consent of my parents. I became completely attached to Teach For Nepal’s mission and values after learning more about the organization when I went through the tough selection process. My motivation comes from knowing that my two years of service will be changing lives, dreams, and educational quality in Nepal. I am going to be accountable for bringing a positive change in the lives of students who are deprived of the privileges that private school students get. Thus, I’m committed to the cause and I’ve convinced my parents to support me in this mission of transforming education in Nepal. For my future students, I hope to encourage them to dream and see that education is the key to their success, and I will invest all...

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