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My father left his village at the age of 14 with just 50 paisa. He worked as a security guard so that he could provide for our family. Growing up, I never had the privilege of going out for adventures with my friends even though I wanted to travel. Just like any parents in Nepal, they dreamed of me having a government job which is pretty much like winning a lottery, you’re set for life even if that means you are terrible at the job. During school, I barely passed any subjects and was never competitive as my mind used to wander away as soon as the teachers start reading the book. I took tuition after school but that didn’t change my grades until Ramesh sir started teaching us English. His classes were always pleasant to be in and his teaching methods were interesting and hands on. Though he was an English teacher he was great at teaching science as well as math. The more time, I spent learning from him, the more grades started ascending towards hundred. As a Teach For Nepal Fellow,...

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I remember when I was nine years old, we had a new Mathematics teacher in our school. We did not get any books then. Seeing a huge bulky book and a stick by his side scared all of us. We used to get punished if we did not complete our homework or made minor mistakes. I clearly remember the day when we passed secondary school, we took that stick to the river and threw it. I studied in a public school and I am well aware of the disparity between public and private schools. I have seen how the family’s economic condition determines the quality of education their child receives. When I passed my entrance exams for my first job at Nepal Rastra Bank, I had no clue about it as I had applied blindly together with my best friend. He encouraged me to prepare for the exams, although he did not make it to the next level. Eventually, I ended up working there for almost thirty years. After working there for decades and getting all the experience, I now want to share my knowledge and skills t...

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I learned from my parents was that life is a battle, and knowledge is the only weapon to win it. My life’s philosophy is mostly guided by my father’s direction. According to him, people who work hard stand out amo ngst the crowd. Highly motivated to become a doctor, I took Biology as my major in high school. As responsibilities took over my dreams, I changed my career path and ended up studying Nursing in India. I believe that all the hard times come in our life to make us strong and to realize our true potential. In spite of all the challenges of a new place, faces, culture, language and food, I gave my best without losing hope, and I was able to keep working hard and top all my exams. I believe quality education helps people dream big and follow the right path. The first time I heard about TFN’s mission, I decided that it could become my path for supporting and helping the needy. I have always felt that inequality in education has stood as a barrier in the country’s develop...

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I was born in one of the well-facilitated cities of Nepal, Biratnagar. I grew up, painting, writing and reading a lot of books. Unlike many students, I loved going to school. I remember I went to school even when I had high fever. I was worried I would lose a lot if I missed even a day. My dad went through a lot of hards hips to provide education to me and my two other elder sisters. Both my sisters went to a public school, whereas, I got an opportunity to study in a private school. My sisters did their best and achieved a lot but one of them always used to be disappointed that she did not get the chance to study at a private school. Whenever I saw anybody in pain for not having attended or not being able to send their kids to a good school, I always wondered why income or money had to determine if one can access quality education. If income has to be the main factor, we can say that 75% children of our country are not receiving quality schooling. This is not acceptable to me. ...

I got my education from private schools of Kathmandu. I was an average student fascinated by sports. I have won in various sports competitions, but winning at sports always scared me as I had a dream to become a scholar one day. I was driven by the misconception that my studies would get ruined if I kept winning at sports. Eventually, my fear turned into reality and it started showing in my results. I started getting negative results in studies. I was disappointed and distracted by this incident. One of my teachers then came to me and told me not to be worried. She gave me suggestions to improve which was based on practising and continuous learning. She motivated me to do good in my studies. I thought it was my luck that I had her as a teacher who kept motivating me to move forward. After that incident, I have always again aspired to be a scholar and to work with scholars around the world someday. Receiving a scholarship at Sichuan University, China was the proudest momen...

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From a young age I had the dream of joining the army or the police force or becoming a doctor because I loved serving others. I believed that in any of these jobs I could serve others and my family as well by earning good money because it was hard for my father to support us all. My eldest brother dropped out of school in grade 9 to start earning and ease the burden. Unfortunately, I did not have the money to study medicine and I was too young for the army. But thanks to the sacrifices of my elders, I was able to study engineering. Although I found a good job afterwards, I was not getting satisfaction from the work. I felt that although I could earn much money for my family and myself, my desire to serve others was being limited in this corporate world. Therefore, I joined Teach for Nepal in order to cultivate all the necessary attributes which are required to bring drastic change. I want children not only to have access to quality education but also to cultivate ethical values in...

I applied to TFN because I want to help reduce education inequality. My parents made many sacrifices to make sure that their children, including their daughters, would get good education. But not all kids are lucky enough to have parents like mine. I see people from other countries showing an interest in helping to educate our people and think, then why not us? If a small effort of mine can help change the future of others, then that is what I should do. I know the value of education in today’s world and want to help in the misson to create an educated Nepal. My classroom will not just be a monotonous hall filled with lectures and assignments. I will try my best to make my class and books interesting. I want to form a bond with my students where they will not hesitate to share their feelings. I want to be a teacher who is a role model whom my students will follow.

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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.

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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...

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I once went to the hospital with my grandfather. He saluted the doctor who passed by him. Baffled with his gesture, I asked him, “What was so special about these people wearing a white coat?” He replied, “They are a great human beings; they save people’s lives.” That was the day when I started dreaming about a career for myself in the medical field. My dad’s constant emphasis on the importance of education was my motivating factor for my higher education. Growing up, I had to walk three hours just to reach my school. I still remember the day when my father saw me surrounded among hundreds of students in a class, he decided to send me to India for education instead. He was convinced that I would do well in a large classroom environment. That was a wise decision because after changing my school, I was a completely different person. I started participating in sports and also got scholarship for my higher education. Soon after graduation, I was back to Nepal and it was my siste...

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