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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:

Anuva Upreti
BBM, Bangalore University, India
TFN Fellow: Shree Secondary School Sohani Mujhelia, Dhanusha

An average student with interest in dancing, Anuva Upreti had never imagined becoming a teacher although she has always had great respect for the profession. Today she teaches at a school in rural Dhanusha.

How did you get associated with Teach for Nepal?

After finishing my studies in Bangalore, I returned home and started an internship with a reputed bank, but I was not satisfied. One particular day my brother told me about TFN. I immediately went online and knew straight away that this would be the place where I get to know and explore myself while contributing to others.

Why TFN?

There are two reasons why I joined TFN. I could have been the person who lived in a bubble had I continued my internship and later spent my life in front of a PC monitor. The other was to contribute something to the education sector, to government schools which do not offer quality education currently.

What are the challenges..

At first cultural differences was a challenge. I was shocked when a brilliant student came to invite me for her marriage. She was just in grade nine, but it felt better when she rejoined school after marriage. We also have to work on communication to erase the cultural gap and achieve our goals.

Why is teaching an important?

Teaching is at the heart of development. It is really essential.