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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:

Parbati Shrestha
B.A, Asian University for Women, Bangladesh
TFN fellow: Shree Higher Secondary School, Baghchauda

Enthusiastic, motivated and hardworking, Parbati Shrestha aspires to be a female leader in the field of public policy. Fascinated by travelling and reading she feels that teaching is the best way to change the community. Currently she is working as a TFN fellow in a remote village in Dhanusha.

How did you get associated with Teach for Nepal?

When I was studying in Bangladesh, I knew someone who worked for Teach for Bangladesh. When I returned home, I searched for a similar platform and got to know about Teach for Nepal.

Best part of being a TFN fellow?

It can sometimes be difficult to talk with the school administration and understand the mindset of the existing co-teachers as we have to work together to make our work effective. There is the language barrier too.

What are the challenges?

Teaching is a process of change making and educating people. It is a knowledge creating procedure, and if you want change in the community then teaching is the best way.

With TFN it also brings out your leadership qualities.