Home: Kalwapur, Kanchanpur, Mahakali
Education: B. Devs., Pokhara University, Nepal
In my community (Kanchanpur district of Far Western Development Region), most of the children go to government schools where education isn’t so good. Most of them drop out of their school before reaching Grade 10. After leaving school, one and only option for them is to go to India to make money through low paid jobs. But fortunately, being the eldest son in my family, my grandfather sent me to a private school. Because of our financial constraints, my siblings had to go to public schools. I could see the difference in education quality we received.
I was a hardworking student and did quite well. I completed my Bachelor’s in Development Studies from Pokhara University. I was honored with the award of Deans List for my outstanding academic performance during my Bachelor’s level.
Another big achievement for me was to be selected as the delegate from University students from Nepal to participate in JENESYS 2.0 conducted by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in Tokyo, Japan. JENESYS 2.0 is the student and cultural exchange program conducted with the motto of sharing knowledge and experiences from different parts of the world. During the program, I got to experience many developmental efforts Japan has made over the years in the field of culture, water treatment plants and other technologies. But what inspired me the most was the visits to elementary schools. I was awed by the way children were taught there; lots of practical knowledge is provided, rather than making children learn from textbooks. I wanted to implement this in Nepal. Add to that, teachers were very dedicated and they worked overtime, taking care of each and every child, without being paid extra. I wanted to work with such dedicated professionals in my future.
After completing my Bachelor’s level I was engaged in an organization working in the field of transmission line and hydropower project. I had been performing quite well as the Project Development Officer. But deep inside, I didn’t feel satisfied as I didn’t find the job challenging even though it paid well. My quest to do something more meaningful that would benefit larger community made me want to join TFN, despite all other options I had at hand.
For me the fellowship is the journey towards understanding community in depth through my own active involvement. Being a TFN fellow, I hope to learn socio-cultural, economic context of the community I’m placed at and how that impacts the community’s development.