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Teach for Nepal: Committed to end education inequity

Teach For Nepal (TFN) was established in 2013 as a movement by outstanding university graduates and young professionals committed to end education inequity in Nepal. They believe education can transform lives and that youth are the true drivers of change. It starts with two years of fellowship teaching in public schools in Dhanusha, Lalitpur and Sindhupalchowk.

TFN fellowship is a two year full time paid employment opportunity in which the fellows teach in public schools to bring academic achievement and transformative impact in their students. Beyond the two years, their commitment is recognised by international universities when they apply, there are opportunities for work and for scholarships.

Six TFN fellows interacted with WOW about their journey and what inspires them to do what they do. Excerpts:

Anjana Pokhrel
Bachelor’s degree in CSIT, Amrit Science Campus
TFN Fellow: Narayani Higher Secondary School, Gimdi

Anjana Pokhrel believes that ambition determines how and where you use your knowledge. Independent and strong, she enjoys challenges and wants to make a difference by teaching in rural Nepal. She left a web designing job to join TFN.

How did you get associated with Teach for Nepal?

While surfing the internet I came across Teach for Nepal. I then had the opportunity to attend their information session and was really influenced by their idea of sending qualified youngsters to rural areas to create better education opportunities for the kids there. Somewhere, I have always dreamt of teaching in the rural villages of Nepal, and I found my dream.

Best part of being a TFN fellow?

You become an integral part of someone’s happiness. It also enables you as a leader. It is something I will always take pride in.

What are the challenges?

It is difficult to adjust to village life where people are still bound by strong cultural and ethnic values. In the school I am teaching, students were really bad in mathematics when I joined. It was hard to find the best way to make them understand but today they are improving.

You need to be positively connected to make school education better.