Fellows in cohort 2018

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,...

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.

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...

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...

My father served as a Nepal Police officer during the Maoist insurgency and since he was posted outside the Kathmandu Valley and was always a target. Though that did not stop him from serving his country because he wanted me and sister to have the best of education. After the insurgency was over, I wanted work in the field of education because I felt that it should be us (youth) who should be leading the nation towards development that has been neglected by our so-called political leaders. As a Teach For Nepal Fellow, I can advocate about the importance of education to the parents in the rural community. My goal as a Fellow is to change lives of as many children as possible by motivating them to dream big and work hard towards it to make their lives better in the best possible way

Growing up, life was difficult for me because I was entrusted with the responsibility of household chores like washing dishes, cooking and cleaning because my mother was always sick. Even though I had a keen interest in learning how to sing and dance, I restrained myself. In spite of all the responsibilities at home I was able to pursue Masters degree in Science and become the only girl who had the highest education in my family. My father has always been an inspiration for me. He instilled the values I live by today and above all, I would not be where I am today had he listened to some of our relatives and married me off after my secondary education. My father has always been a great role model in my life and I want to be the same for thousands of children in Nepal so that they can receive the kind of education I received.

I come from a small family of five. I am my parent’s only daughter and I have one elder brother and a younger one. In spite of the fact that my parents are uneducated, especially my mother, who never went to school, but she always made the education and school the number one priority for us. Saying that it was not easy for a mother who worked in fields to feed her children and a father who was in an army serving the country, with a very little salary. Despite the financial difficulties, I managed to do well in my studies and graduate with a nursing degree. After graduation, I moved to United Kingdom (UK) looking for better opportunities at the age of 21. It was a huge challenge for me to adapt to the new language, culture and lifestyle. Trying to survive was the main priority and achieving success took a back seat as I had to work in a kitchen making minimum wages just to survive. While living in the UK, I always dreamed of doing something for my country and eventually decided to ...

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