Fellows in cohort 2013

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...

I am from Bijalpura, Mahottari. I was born in Bijalpura and my childhood passed in my village until I completed the SLC. When I reflect on my past, I am proud of my past work with youth and women. I have established an organization (Youth Network for Peace and Development) for youth and have united young people who were otherwise moving toward joining armed groups. The network now has 52 youth clubs as members, from 52 VDCs of Mahottari District. While working with women I have supported women of Mahottari and Dhanusha district in uniting and establishing their own organizations. In Suga VDC of Mahottari District, there are women involved in Mithila Painting who are earning a good amount from that. I initially asked them what skills they had, and they explored Mithila painting skills. After that, they started working in the group with the seed grant I was able to provide. I first learned about TFN through Facebook. I became very happy and excited as I looked deeper into the TFN w...

I was born in Chisapani, Khotang, which is also my mother’s birthplace. I grew up in different parts of eastern Nepal. When I was 4, my family moved from Madheli to Bala VDC, in Sankhuwasabha. I received my primary education in a school in Khandbari. After 5 years my family moved to Inaruwa, Sunsari where I completed my schooling. I did my +2 from SOS HGS, Sanothimi and my Bachelor’s in Engineering from Khwopa Engineering College. I was going through The Himalayan Times paper when I first saw the advertisement for Teach for Nepal. The numbers in the advertisement were intriguing. And I was excited about the idea. I don’t know exactly why I applied. I had just completed my Bachelor’s and I was searching for some kind of job experience before going on to do my Master’s. So I initially thought of this as another job -- but it was made clear that it was not going to be a regular job. I had a general idea of what was going to happen. But I did not know it was going to be this big...

I was born in Lamatar VDC Ward No. 2, in Lalitpur district, in a middle class family. I completed my schooling from ChetanaVidyashram, my higher secondary education from Pinnacle Academy, and my Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Nepal College of Information Technology. Till date, I have done well academically, securing above distinction in all three levels of my education –SLC, Higher Secondary, and Bachelor’s level. But the accomplishment that makes me most proud is that I was able to guide a few of my senior colleagues during my Bachelor’s. They were failing the same subjects repeatedly, but after my guidance they passed the specified subjects. They are now on a more prosperous track. I saw the advertisement for TFN on a newspaper. I had not previously seen any organizations leading this type of movement: I was really touched by the motive and mission. I went through the website, and I thought – as a citizen of this country I also have certain resp...

I am Ramesh and I was born on August 24, 1990 in Simichaur VDC of Gulmi District. Simichaur is near the district headquarters, Tamghash. I grew up there and did my schooling from Shree Bhagwati Secondary School. I passed my SLC examination with a first division score. After I passed the SLC I came to Kathmandu for my further studies. I went to Viswa Niketan Higher Secondary School and studied Science in my 10+2. The most challenging time in my life was when I had to transition from a Nepali-medium school to English-medium instruction. I still remember that I failed in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in the first term exam, when I was in grade 11. That failure led me to work harder not only on course content but also to improve my English. So I started reading English novels. My persistence allowed me to pass 10+2 with First Division. After that I joined a BSc and completed with a major in Environmental Science. I am proud of my decision to study in an English-medium school aft...

I am Gayatri K.C. I live in Maharjgunj, Kathmandu; the city I was born in. I am the eldest daughter in my family of five. My dad is a retired government officer. My mother is a housewife and she is suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Being the eldest, I bear the majority of responsibilities in my family. I am from Kathmandu, and I didn’t know much about rural life until my previous job, where I was working in Kavrepalanchok. I studied in boarding schools. The rules and regulations in my school were very strict. In my school most of the students were from elite families, and many of us felt that our teachers supported them more than the children from middle class families like ours. At the same time, I was an average student. This meant that I used to be neglected by my teachers a lot and was frequently punished. I passed my SLC in 1st division and completed rest of my education from Padma Kanya Multiple College. I initially started a Bachelor’s in Business Studies, but I left tha...

My name is Prajwal Khadka and I’m from Kathmandu. I did my schooling from Daffodil Public School. My schooldays were the best days of my life. Most of us had studied there since nursery, and we all knew each other and the teachers. Later on, though, teachers started discriminating by separating the ‘above average’ and ‘average/mediocre’ students into two groups. Teachers would tell those of us in the second group that we were just wasting our parents’ money. I feel proud of studying in Daffodil, even though I think there was a better way to motivate us. I ended up studying social work because I thought – let’s do something new. Everyone was doing BBA or BBS, and Engineering wasn’t really an option. As I did my BSW, I was exposed to a lot of new subjects and methods. I initially found it a bit strange; I’d never done anything like it before, or done reflective writing. But as I went to the field more regularly, and spent more time with people, I learned more – and then was able to...

I was born 23 years ago in Thapathali, Kathmandu. I grew up here in Kathmandu although my parents are originally from Gulmi, in western Nepal. I completed my schooling and college in the capital. I think being part of Teach for Nepal is a great achievement in itself. You are part of a national movement to end education inequity. The most important thing for me is that I have been doing everything based on my own choices. I am proud of this because it means I am a person who is living according to my own choices and decisions. I would say I have certain values that I hold dear, and I am proud to be a part of an organization that shares my values of hard work, honesty and persistence. I knew of TFN from the organization’s early days. I was an Anuvuti Fellow, and heard of TFN’s work. I was interested in being a part of it in some way or another. I had been a research intern and worked as a program assistant. As I went through the selection process and met other candidates, I di...

I was born in Thecho, Lalitpur, Nepal. I grew up in surroundings full of natural beauty. I completed my Master of Arts (Rural Development) in 2012, and succeeded in topping my year. My career started in the media field – through modeling. Thereafter, I started working in the field of education and social services. I have conducted different trainings on leadership, group management, and other related technical matters. In my professional life, I have been involved with different NGOs and INGOs. Previously, I served as President of the BVC Students’ Council, Bright Vision College, and taught Computers at Shuvatara School. I came to know about TFN from a member of the staff. Later on I checked Teach for Nepal’s official page and found it to be a very new and dynamic concept dealing with an essential issue in the Nepalese education system, to reduce educational disparities between public and private schools. I feel the movement is very much essential in the present context of ...

I am Rabi Maharjan from Chobhar, Kirtipur-14, Kathmandu. I was born and grew up in Chobhar in a small family, and I live with my mother and sister. I completed my SLC and +2 from public school and college, as well as my B.Ed (Mathematics) from Mangal Multiple Campus. I spent my childhood living within the limitations of low economic conditions. I have a keen interest in playing musical instruments. I was also a top student in the school. Up to this point, I would say I am most proud of being a Nepali and I’m proud of being an honest person. And of course, I am proud of being a TFN Fellow. The two other achievements that made me happiest were when I passed the SLC in high first division from a government school and completed my B.Ed. in mathematics from a public campus with top marks. Before I came to know of TFN, I was not so clear about my goals and vision towards my country. I was not satisfied about the quality of education given in Nepal. After seeing the vision of Teach for ...

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