Staff

Core Team

Swastika Shrestha

Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder and Director of Training and Support

“Imagine if the world were to suddenly collapse and the world as you know it no longer existed. Education needs you to prepare yourself for this.” - This wisdom from my father led me to spend much of my youth developing my life and leadership skills. Eventually, I had the opportunity to facilitate life and leadership development amongst youth in Nepal as well as in the US. After completing my masters from the US, I worked with UNMIN, and consulted for IUCN, WFP, and UNDP. But my passion for working with youth led me to Teach For Nepal where my current role is to nurture leaders to transform classrooms, communities, and the nation.

Krishna Kumar K.C.

Chief of Staff

Over 24 years, I’ve taught in primary and secondary schools in different parts of Lalitpur and spent 10 years as a Head Teacher in Ashrang, one of the furthest VDCs in Lalitpur. I was there for 10 years and learned a lot about the district, and public education. The challenges faced by community schools are tremendous. There are infrastructural problems, policy challenges, the huge distance between students’ schools and homes, and the mindsets, on the part of teachers, head teachers, politicians, parents, and students. But I believe if teachers have energy, and the right mindset, other challenges can be overcome. I’m so proud to be a part of this movement, as we set new trends and raise the leadership skills of a new generation. They are working to build a truly new Nepal.

Shailendra Jha

Director of Operations and RSM

Coming from a marginalized group myself, where I am the first member of the family to get into college, I understand how education plays a major role in sustainable and inclusive economic development. Unlike my peer cousins who had to settle with low-paying jobs, early marriage, limiting them to their socio-economic stability, the investment in education from my parents led me to get an enriching life. Having seen this early in life, I have consistently advocated for excellent education especially which is challenging in our society. More than a decade-long exposure and continuous learning has made me believe that transformation of a nation is only possible by transforming the education system of the country.

Prajwal Khadka

Associate Director of Development and Partnership (TFN Alumni)

My parents made sure that I received a quality education and sent me to one of the best schools in Kathmandu so I would not have to struggle as they did. During my college, I have worked for LGBT rights, leprosy patient welfare, public education improvement, youth issues and traveled across Nepal to understand my own country. In 2013, I came across Teach For Nepal - drawn by the call to change the nation through education, I was selected as one of the first Cohorts to teach in one of the farthest rural villages in Southern Lalitpur. In those two years of Fellowship, I had a deeper understanding of the community, social issues, and how culture, history and politics come together to create injustices that are reflected in the classroom, in schools and communities. It as well enhanced my leadership, interpersonal skills along with the ability to work in a cross-cultural setting. Having understood that larger community involvement is critical for change in educational outcomes, I continued working for Teach For Nepal movement, currently leading Fundraising and Partnerships, further building and nurturing a larger network to end education inequity in Nepal.

Khika Prasad Nepal

Community Affairs Manager

I taught at different schools since 2004 and later changed my teaching profession to enter the development field. Subsequently, I’ve worked at various organizations working in the development field for more than 12 years. I completed my Masters of Sociology from Tribhuvan University. Teach For Nepal is the best platform for me to work in my community through the Fellows. As a Leadership Development Manager, I work closely with Fellows whose impact in the community is really praise worthy. I feel accomplished when I see Fellows working so hard in the schools and community and bringing a real change.

Amir Joshi

Communication Manager

Seven years ago, when I saw a teacher attend 25 students belonging to five different classrooms at the same time, I wondered how I could change the scenario. After my Masters abroad, I packed my bags and came home looking to see how I could make a difference. Supporting Teach For Nepal to "end education inequity in Nepal" as the Communication Manager, I am finding the answers one Fellow at a time.

Lochan Paudel

Admin Logistics Manager

I’ve always had an interest in anything related to “service” – that led me to join Anuvuti as a Service Learning Program Coordinator. I have the experience of working with more than 4000 youth while I worked with Anuvuti. While I was doing my Bachelor’s in Education, I became aware of the public education system and society in Nepal. After that, I completed my Masters in Sociology. Both of these educational experiences led me to join Teach For Nepal, and work for ending educational inequity in Nepal. As an Admin and Logistics Manager, I look after the office management, coordinate logistics, support in finance and manage events.

Jalan Maharjan

Senior Leadership Development Manager (TFN Alumni)

According to GB Shaw, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything in their life.” I believe in transformational change and that is possible with our hard work and dedication. I’ve completed my Masters in Rural Development and was involved with various NGOs and INGOs. I saw the bizarre condition of children in diverse parts of the country while I was in different jobs. I think the entire development of the country begins from the classroom, so I was seeking a platform where I could contribute my effort to change the lives of those children. This prompted me to join Teach For Nepal as a Fellow and after two years of Fellowship, I’ve now joined Teach For Nepal as a Senior Leadership Development Manager.

Ram Keshar Thapa

Recruitment Manager (TFN Alumni)

I have always believed that no child should face inequity just because they could not get a proper education and that was the reason I joined Teach For Nepal Fellowship. Today, as a Recruitment Coordinator I am making sure that my work as a Fellow will be carried on by passionate youths and young professionals who believe that all children in Nepal should attain an excellent education.

Jayanti Lama

Trainer & Impact Manager - English (TFN Alumni)

Having taught children for seven years, I realized the change was only possible working with the little hearts and minds which drove me to apply for Fellowship and work in the remote part of Lalitpur for two years. The Fellowship journey helped me to know about my own culture and traditions at a deeper level. Being there, I came to know the true essence of life and how each person can help another to aspire even more. The passion for working with kids led me to my current position where I am supporting Fellows and reaching out to hundreds of children by helping them dream big. I believe the greatest power we have is the power to choose. So, I chose to work on this movement to end education inequity in Nepal being even more responsible and committed.

Hom B Thapa

Trainer & Impact Manager - Science (TFN Alumni)

“We want you to get an education because we want you to have a better life''. This simple yet profound words from my parents always inspire me to become a better person. My parents moved to Kathmandu and struggled throughout their life to ensure my quality education. I did my +2 in from Sainik Awasiya Mahavidhyalaya where I didn’t just earn my degree but learn skills, attitudes, and values of life. Fellowship was the best choice I made for my career after graduation in Electrical Engineering from IOE, Pulchowk Campus. It gave me the opportunity to build a better tomorrow for children of rural Nepal. Two years of teaching experience with limited resources just after the 7.8M earthquake made me believe that quality of education of public schools can be better with quality teachers. Therefore, I decided to continue being part of the movement as Science Curriculum Expert and help increase the academic impact of the public school of rural communities.

Pratik Ghimire

Trainer & Impact Manager - Maths (TFN Alumni)

I come from an average family of Janakpur. All of my childhood and school years pushed me to believe that education is the light of hope; the light that has the power to shape an entire generation, and that is why I applied for the Fellowship. The passion for working with kids led me to my current position where I am supporting Fellows and reaching out to hundreds of children by helping them dream big. I believe the greatest power we have is the power to choose. So, I chose to work on this movement to end education inequity in Nepal being even more responsible and committed.

Ruma Maharjan

Events Manager (TFN Alumni)

It was during the two years of my Fellowship that I realized the change we always talk about - the change that our country needs is possible. I was convinced that this can happen with equity in education. All forms of inequities and biases can be resolved only when every kid attains a quality education that enables them to reach their potential despite their backgrounds. I strongly believe in this and therefore I joined the TFN staff team soon after graduating as a Fellow. My previous experience as a recruiter and now as an Events Manager gives me sheer joy knowing that I play an important part in this movement of equity.

Madhav Prasad Devkota

Leadership Development Manager (TFN Alumni)

As a TFN Fellow, I wasn't just teaching Science to my students; I wanted them to learn many other things like personal hygiene, community’s sanitation, and balanced diet, among others. And as an LDM, I have become a role model, a source of inspiration to the Fellows and help guide our Fellows which would help them face all the challenges in their Fellowship.

Kalyan Adhikari

Impact Evaluation Manager (TFN Alumni)

I want to seek satisfaction in life by exploring new challenges and working with my people. I’ve had success in my field of study but now I want to share my learnings and experiences. I want to do something for my people while I still have such zeal, motivation, and time. My friends and my family did not like my idea about coming back from the US. I want to prove to them that I’m not joining TFN because of frustration but because of my true passion for this movement towards ending our national educational injustice. I’m sure that this team of optimistic minds will help us realize our dreams and find happiness in this journey.

Bishal Neupane

Leadership Development Manager (TFN Alumni)

After graduating, I volunteered for various causes and had the privilege of meeting many inspiring personalities. I could clearly see the higher purpose of life. And I wanted to something similar. This is what led me to be a part of Teach for Nepal. It was an opportunity to get back to the education system which is the root cause of most of the problems in the country. I knew there is so much to do in our country and all I can think of is taking one meaningful step at a time. Most importantly, this journey will help me to live a life in such a way that I care not only for myself but for others as well.

Kishor Subedi

Community Affairs Manager (TFN Alumni)

Coming from a middle-class family, I have witnessed multiple social injustices within my community. Result of which I went on a political journey to end this injustice. Not finding a clear answer to my queries, I decided to join Teach For Nepal with lots of doubts in mind and a clear understanding that society cannot progress further unless the people are educated and conscious. Two years’ journey turned out to be an open book for me to manage my impulses, understanding others, and realizing that change cannot be achieved overnight. I was constantly on the move to take one small step at a time, doing things that mattered at the moment, and not waiting for the perfect solution. Considering all of these personal experiences as my asset, I decided to join the staff team as a Community Affairs Coordinator. The decision came with the belief that I can make our educational stakeholders more accountable and responsible for our schools, children, and communities. Because, without our collaboration, our larger goal is somewhat in shade and beyond achievable.

Anu Karki

Selection Coordinator (TFN Alumni)

I had a firm belief that change starts from the classroom and will ultimately be reflected in the community. Fellowship was a great opportunity for me to bring that desired change. I believe my two years of Fellowship journey has helped me validate my leadership skills, made my parents and a brother proud that they have raised their girl right. After the Fellowship, I have joined RSM team to work further and to keep the promise that I had made with my students that they will always get the best Fellows even after I leave. Currently, my underlined job is to select the best graduates who will enter into the classrooms and take a step towards creating better classrooms and better communities.

Mandira Rijal

Recruitment Coordinator (TFN Alumni)

The Fellowship, for me, was a challenge - to know what else I can do for myself and for the nation. I joined TFN staff team first as a Leadership Development Manager and later changed to Recruitment Coordinator to explore different potential that I have. I firmly believe that TFN is the best place where I can grow with young leaders of Nepal.

Ashrina Ranjit

Recruitment Coordinator (TFN Alumni)

Two years of my fellowship gave me an opportunity to work towards education equity that is persistent in our society. Moreover, it broadened the horizon of how I had been perceiving it throughout my life. It also showed me different dimensions of struggle and how I can overcome it. It taught me to value my dreams. Now, as a Recruitment Coordinator, I am working to bring in more youths who are driven to work for the dreams of thousands of kids in Nepal to live the dream that one day they will attain an excellent education for I have always been a strong believer and supporter that quality education is a right and not an opportunity.

Robin Chaudhary

Leadership Development Coordinator (TFN Alumni)

I come from a family that preferred government jobs as a dream job one should pursue in life. While doing my Bachelor’s in medical laboratory technology, I got an opportunity to volunteer for the Urban Health Care and Training Center which helped me get hands-on experience in the grass-root level and that indeed brought big notable changes in me. After my graduation, I worked as a Teach For Nepal Fellow for two years which gave me a clear picture of what education inequity and social injustice looked like in real life. Now joining the TFN staff team as a Leadership Development Coordinator, I want to surpass all my energy and experiences to all the new Fellows and strengthen the belief that one day we are going to end the education inequity in Nepal.

Sujina Shakya

Leadership Development Coordinator (TFN Alumni)

I started as an average student who often felt challenged in school. Today I am proud that I am the first in my family to complete the degree and turned as a Fellow who touched so many lives which helped them to turn their fate despite their harsh reality of living in the village! As a Leadership Development Coordinator, I want to continue this journey by reaching out to more classroom and children in the coming days collaborating with the new Fellows.

Alina Shrestha

Leadership Development Coordinator

Born and raised in the rural part of Gorkha, I experienced struggles and hardships during my early childhood. My parents could hardly afford quality education for me and my two brothers. Also, government schools those days were not equipped to cater to our needs. Soon after completing schooling, I moved to Kathmandu in order to pursue my higher education. I completed my bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Amrit Science Campus. During my undergraduate studies, I worked as a teacher in a high school near my place in Kathmandu. Since teaching was already a passion to me, and when I heard about TFN, I immediately thought of joining as I was highly impressed with the vision and wanted to work towards ending education inequity in Nepal, I served as a Fellow in one of the public schools at Sindhupalchok from 2018-2020. During my Fellowship, I have learned about our education system and the reasons why our schools are mostly ill-equipped to serve the basic education needs of students. So, I believe, Fellowship has helped me grow personally and professionally. I thus want to use the resources and learning and my experience from the community to better the lives of people. During my period as a Leadership Development Coordinator, I would share all of my experience and learning to support Fellows in every way possible in their journey.

Kritesh Bhatta

Leadership Development Coordinator (TFN Alumni)

I believe that empowered and motivated youths in the nation can give much more back to the community they serve. Thus being that one catalyst to empower young minds and support them to acquire that knowledge necessary for them to be driven by vision. As a Teach For Nepal Fellow, I served in Parsa district. I taught English to around 280 secondary level students. My leadership skills evolved as I established and help them sustain multiple student clubs in the school where I focused more on student leadership and also refined my leadership skills as well. My work in education should not only be confined to Fellowship thus I decided to continue with the alumni movement by joining TFN as a LDC. I strongly believe that Fellows can bring transformative impact inside the four walls of the classroom and simultaneously as alumni grow as a life-long leader with constant support, passion, perseverance, and ambition. All of this is as well needed to create a systemic change in the education system of our country Nepal. I am with Teach For Nepal because I believe I am here to change the lives, to enlighten the darkness, and be the medium to fulfill the aspirations that are carried in the eyes of those little kids who also dream to be an agent of change and a leader of the action.

Subina Basnet

Leadership Development Coordinator (TFN Alumni)

“We don’t live by a mechanical precision, measuring our life with compass, protractor, or rulers.” It needs to live and it’s okay it doesn’t fit into any of the boxes set. I have always believed it's okay to make your own shape. With these very aspirations, I joined TFN as a Fellow in the year 2018 to be an inspiration to many youths and do something for “change” rather than just complaining about it. In the two years as a Fellow, I believe I have presented the best version of myself, learning and teaching throughout the Fellowship journey. Now as alumni, I want to continue working in the field of advocating, addressing the prevalent societal and inborn inequities and inequalities in several forms throughout my life while I am supporting Fellows in their work.

Prashuma Rai

Leadership Development Coordinator

During my two years of Fellowship in Subarnapur, Parsa, I got to acknowledge diverse lived experiences where I found out how I am different from and similar to others. How we can share, co-learn, and accept each other in the community. I continued to persevere amidst judgment, discrimination, and uncertainty. I survived extremities but at the end, I witnessed the change in mindsets of people as the outcome of invested effort, initiation, and agency. Currently, I have realized that my Fellowship experience has empowered me with greater awareness and capacity. I can now identify major social injustices prevailing in society due to educational inequity. The learning and service through Fellowship have eventually made me believe that I must learn and thrive continuously so that I could give back to the underprivileged children and community. To be in the Training and support team as a Leadership Development Coordinator is a dream come true. While I returning from my placement school during the final week, I had promised myself to contribute more to the community through this new role and I am continuing to do that by supporting Fellows, their work, their students and their communities.

Sita Thapa

Executive Assistant To CEO

As a daughter of a public school teacher, I have had many opportunities to visit government schools and interact with students and teachers. I had heard of TFN and always wanted to join the team so that I would change the way how public school education is perceived. For two years I served as a Fellow in Dang with a firm belief that every single I take during the Fellowship would one day bridge the gap of educational inequality that is deepening between public and private schools. I gave my cent percent during my Fellowship to motivate young leaders and nurture them to become qualified and successful people in life. The 'health and fitness club' that ideated during my Fellowship has turned into a youth leadership club today, which I consider one of the proudest interventions during the Fellowship. Currently, with my role, I am working on strengthening and support and CEO’s day-to-day work which is directly connected with Fellows, staff, and other external stakeholders.

Sadhana Shrestha

Program Assistant

After completing my Master's Degree from Germany, I decided to move back with a dream of doing something purposeful in my own country. I joined Teach For Nepal knowing how impactfully it has been working towards ending the education inequity in Nepal. It gives me great satisfaction to know that the work I am doing and the energy that I have invested will make a difference. As a Program Assistant, I am determined to select those best-fit candidates who are passionate about making an impact in the classroom as well as in the community.

Sirjana Dhital

Office Assistant

I was born in the village of Chatredeurali in Dhading. There are 12 members in my family - my parents, and my nine siblings. About 12-years ago, I moved to Kathmandu to be closer to my brothers, who were living here. I’ve been working at Teach For Nepal since it started. I don’t understand everything about this movement, but I think it’s really good to see young people going to teach in rural government schools. Only the boys in my own family got to attend school. I believe all children should get the opportunity to learn and have a bright future.

Amir Khokhali Shrestha

Admin Assistant

When I was attending my last three years at school where TFN Fellows were teaching me, I never thought I would be working for the very organization then. Hadn’t it been the motivation from them, I wouldn’t have dreamed about living in Kathmandu or studying here itself. Once I am done with my studies, I would love to change the perspective of people in my community that even kids from villages, if given opportunity, can turn challenges into an opportunity. I was studious and active in both school clubs and other extracurricular activities. Because of this active engagement, I got a fellowship at Samanata Foundation for my high school where I got to study science as my major in Pentagon International College. I am currently pursuing computer application in Janamaitri Multiple College. While doing my undergraduate, I decided to join TFN to assist, learn and most importantly get involved with a community of people actively working towards the mission to make all children in Nepal get an excellent education.

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