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I loved playing games, watching cartoons and reading story books as a kid. I used to get all my homework done but wasn’t good at studying. One day, a teacher asked me a question which I couldn’t answer. Then she compared my studies with my sister’s and said that I was nothing like her. I started to study her subject seriously to prove her wrong but I realized that studying wasn’t that hard after all. The same year I scored 78% in the second terminal exam and it really hiked my confidence. When SLC was just around the corner, my father passed away. It left me emotionally and mentally traumatized but I didn’t give up studying. Earlier, whenever I scored good, I used to run up to him to show my paper and he used to compliment me. I could see that pride on his face. I thought I could still make him happy by studying hard and scoring well although he was no longer with us. My mother is a strong independent woman. She looks after the technical institute in Dang which my father had found...

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To shape me into what I am today, a good education has an immanence role. The extra activities of school helped me to think wisely in day-to-day life. I think because of my good schooling/education I was able to pursue higher education. Above all, a good education has ingrained a sense of discipline in me. Despite having a good education myself, I was always concerned about the state of education in Nepal. As I was studying in India, I saw the plight of migrant workers there. Upon interacting with the migrant workers I came to know that they were compelled to work in such harsh situations for two reasons: lack of education and poor economic conditions. One day I got a chance to attend a program organized by Teach For Nepal and found that TFN is working to solve education inequality. I got to understand more about the Fellowship program that day. I realized that if I were to join the Fellowship, it would provide me with the chance to give education to underprivileged children. Throu...

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I have constantly revolted all my life. A mathematics teacher declared in front of the whole class that I was good for nothing and I had no business coming to school. As a kid, I was traumatized by hearing these things yet, I was determined to prove that teacher wrong. Even the people from my society persistently questioned my parents’ decision to send their daughter to a private school. Sending me to a private school was equated to giving me wings. I started school at the age of seven. Due to the age gap with my classmates I couldn’t become friends with them, so I always felt like a black sheep in a herd of goats. When I first saw Teach For Nepal’s advertisement I resonated with it. There was an image of two girls walking to school and I saw myself in that picture. From my own lived experiences, I understand the issue of education inequity. Therefore, I look forward to sharing my knowledge to bring about positive change in my students and society.

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As a kid, I was shy and scared of teachers. Ironically, I wanted to become a teacher from an early age. I do not have any particular feelings about my school life. Speaking with new people was never my strength. I still remember in the 9th grade, when I had to introduce myself in front of my new classmates, words did not come out of my mouth. I was aware of my inability to speak in large crowds, however now I do not have any problem addressing a big crowd. I have always wanted to learn new things, it could be my curious nature but I have always been interested to learn. I was studious by nature, if I saw a book lying somewhere I would leaf through it. Ever since I was in high school the thought of becoming a banker was in my head. Consequently, I pursued management for my undergraduate studies. As I was diligent and studious, I was always liked by my teachers. Education inequity was something that I had experienced closely. All my life I had studied in public institutions. In my c...

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A good education has helped me raise a voice against injustices prevailing in society. If it were not for my education I would not be here. I studied in a private school all my life and I had never been to a public school. But reading about the state of public schools in the newspaper always bothered me. I often heard that the public schools lacked resources, were understaffed, and had a high student dropout rate. I often pondered, ‘Why are public schools the way they are?’ Whenever I saw the video of children leaving school and engaging in menial jobs, I felt disheartened. When I learned about Teach For Nepal, I got to know about the huge gap that existed between public and private schools. A small change in the classroom could change the life of the students. The children in these classrooms inspired me to become a TFN Fellow. The way TFN is working to bring a change in the education system was one of the major motivations to join this movement.

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I was born in Mahendranagar, Kanchanpur district which is situated in southwestern Nepal. My family is engaged in farming. The highest academic degree earned in my family was SLC until I became the first member to graduate from college. I did my secondary schooling from a public school located in my hometown. The community there had a very supportive atmosphere and more importantly, people in that area were educated. My parents and community teachers are the most notable people in my life. My interaction with the teachers got very nerve-wracking at times but, I cannot deny the fact that they have always had a positive role during my life as a student. My first failure in life came after failing in English during my high school. My motivation to do well helped me succeed with good marks on my second attempt. Despite failing, I lifted myself up. This event instilled a feeling that I should never give up. My academic performance then subsequently improved while doing my undergraduate...

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I was looking for something challenging after I finished my undergraduate studies. During this time, I came across a post from Teach For Nepal on social media. I began to research the Fellowship program provided by TFN. The whole idea of Fellowship seemed quite fascinating to me. The vision that TFN is working towards is challenging but it was exactly something I was looking for in my life. The very vision of the movement pushed me to apply for this Fellowship program. The Fellowship provides me the opportunity to teach students whose potential is yet to be explored. Standing in front of such students every single day, I will naturally have to be the best version of myself to provide the quality education that they deserve. The skills and competencies that I will learn as a teacher leading a group of students. Starting from setting big goals, investing in students and families, planning, execution, and reflection are the same as that of a leader, leading a group of employees in an ...

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I have grown up in a busy street in Kathmandu with easy access to all kinds of services. My parents tried to give me the best life they could fulfill all of my needs. When I was in sixth grade, I watched a documentary at school that projected the everyday struggle of people in Karnali to fulfill their basic needs, economic crisis, poverty, lack of proper schools, and small children obligated to support their families. Those pictures glued to my memories and because of this documentary, I began contemplating how much people suffer and how I can help them in any way possible. While doing my bachelor's, Babukaji sir was the first to introduce me to TFN. When I learned about their fight for education injustice and inequality, it recaptured my memory of the Karnali documentary that I had watched. Also, I was looking to work with an organization that is trying to bring a change not just with words, but by action as well. I like how TFN is mobilizing the youths who are full of enthusia...

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The only thing that inspires and fascinates me is stories of people; their experience of continuous hard work, willpower, and determination. Those kinds of stories give me a different type of energy and push me to become the best version of myself. I often look for inspiration in the stories of other people. Frankly, I had not heard of Teach For Nepal until the last 3-4 months, but when I got to know about it, I felt it was made for me. Instantaneously, I could connect to the work TFN was doing. I knew education in Nepal was plagued by multiple problems. I could see how TFN was working towards solving the problem in education through the Fellows and Alumni network. If we solve the problem of education, other problems can be solved; with this determination, I applied for the Fellowship. In my classroom, I want to show my students that an alternative future is waiting for them. I want to provide my students with the necessary care, motivation, and appreciation to make sure that they...

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I was born in Birgunj. My father has been working as an accountant for twenty seven years and my mother is a homemaker. I was enrolled in a private school in first grade and studied there till I completed my secondary level of education. The school gave off positive vibes and maintained a helpful environment. Even though my academic performance weighed on mediocrity, some of the school teachers helped me significantly with my growth and guided me along the right directions. Additionally, I came across a YouTube video depicting a student’s desire to study further but compelled to work after dropping out due to family pressure. The video is one of the events that triggered me to be where I am now. While studying engineering from Bangalore, me and my team members collaborated to work on a project named Rescue Robert with a purpose of serving as a helping hand during earthquakes, floods, etc. This was one of the projects which had never been made in our college before and we feel prou...

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