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I was raised by a single mother, and I give all the credits to my selfless mother for making me what I am today. She taught me to be graceful, caring and independent. Her sheer determination to overcome difficulty has always been an inspiration to me. Her dedication to fulfilling our needs and necessities through hardships has helped me to strongly believe that one should never lose hope when faced with difficult circumstances. I remember while I was in school, I had a hard time understanding the concepts of mathematics. With the help of an amazing teacher and the influence of my mother, I was able to overcome math anxiety. After finishing higher education, I decided to study Environmental Science at Kathmandu University because of my interest in learning about the earth, its biology and to help develop solutions to environmental problems. After graduating from Kathmandu University, I was in the process of joining Tribhuvan University until my brother whispered in my ears, “Teach...

My mother has always been fond of learning, she loved going to school and was always eager to learn and understand new topics in her life. But due to family responsibilities, she had to leave her education to tend household needs. She sacrificed her education to make sure we had an easy life and her wish has always been that we attain an excellent education. My school days experiences are also one of the most memorable phases of my life. When I look back at those days smile automatically comes on my face. Teachers there were kind, supportive, humble and always motivating to thrive towards academic excellence. Their support made learning easier and fun. Their method of teaching was very effective not just to me but the entire class. Our teacher delivered the subject content in a simple yet unique way. They are the kind of teachers, I aspire to be during my Fellowship. I want to teach children maths by not just concentrating on formulas and problem solving, but with the help of ...

I was born in Tulsipur, Dang in a middle-class family. I was brought up well and got an opportunity to study in a private school instead of a government school. I passed SLC with distinction and along with education I was involved in sports like cricket, soccer and Taekwondo. After finishing my higher secondary school, my parents suggested me to study MBBS but I always wanted to pursue my career in mechanical engineering. While studying at Kathmandu University, I was involved in various activities organized by Kathmandu University Youth Red Cross Circle and I want to provide the same opportunities to my students during my Fellowship. I was always involved in sports during my school life and I plan to involve my students in it too. Using sports as a platform, I want to motivate my students to do good in their education as well as involve the community in school activities as well as the students’ academics.

I’m not the person who settles in the place someone has built for me. I have always yearned for purpose. This pursuit took me to rural Nepal for volunteering but my search was not over. I felt that I found what I was looking for when I first came to Teach For Nepal’s office and attended its information session where we were challenged with the question, “What if your first job was to change the nation?” When I learned about the mission TFN is working towards, I learnt more about the vicious cycle of poverty tied to lack of quality education, I decided that I had a role to play in breaking the cycle. As a student, I was fortunate enough to be guided by very good teachers who were teachers and friends to me as well. Therefore I owe my two years for others as I know that not everyone is as fortunate as I had been. With an aspiration to be an inspiration to many I will be able to reach, and to actually do something for “change” rather than just complaining about it, I hope to be th...

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...

My father dropped out of school when he was in ninth grade to help his father financially and mother never went to school because at the time girls didn’t go to school in our village. My father moved us to Varanasi, India where he was stationed to provide a better education for me and my brother. Even though I was brought up in India, I always felt a strong connection to my roots and loved visiting Pakhu and Takam during summer vacation. Though living in India had its own perk, it never felt like home. I remember an incident in grade 10 when one of my classmates was bad mouthing about Nepal. One of the students who was also from Nepal tried to defend our nation but didn’t have an answer when the student told him why don’t he go back to his own country. Today more and more youths are leaving our nation in search of quality education. As a Teach For Nepal Fellow, I want to become the agent of change by being a leader in the community I serve and provide quality education so t...

My mother was forced by her family to marry a man who never fulfilled his responsibilities as a husband or father. She struggled hard to earn enough for me to have a quality education at a private school. I remember my uncles asking why she would send her daughter to such an expensive place when there was a public school nearby. Every time I see children from the public school passing by my house, the questions raised by my uncles saddened my heart. The urge to do something for the education of such children and the thought having unstabilized government and system of our country did not let me sleep some nights. When I see innocent little boys I feel the impulse to not let them be an irresponsible man with no respect for girls. When I see the angelic girls, I wish them to be strong and virtuous women. I want to help children in public schools get the education they need to follow their dreams. To help those with violent fathers. To help those struggling against societal discrimin...

I was never motivated to participate in class activities and my teachers and classmates never even noticed me until I met an amazing teacher in eighth grade. He changed my life as a whole. He constantly supported me, trusted my abilities and encouraged me every day to give my best. His constant support and motivation helped me receive, “The Most Ideal Student of the Year” award. After school, I enrolled at Acharya Institute of Technology for Bachelor’s in Aeronautical Engineering. My parents always supported me and guided me in my studies and difficulties in life. One day while surfing the Internet, I came across Teach For Nepal’s work and how they were creating change through the medium of education. I wanted to be part of the movement where I can use my degree in Aeronautical Engineering to motivate children to explore the field of aerospace. Throughout my Fellowship, I want to use my passion for mystery novels to teach students. Using brain teasers that will require logi...

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