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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:

Rupsa Nakarmi
B.A, Golden Gate International College
TFN Fellow: Baghbhairab Higher Secondary School, Kaleshwar

Rupsa Nakarmi is an introvert but after joining TFN she has learned to contribute and engage with others in effective ways. She teaches at a school in rural Lalitpur.

Why TFN?

TFN is all about working for quality education, I’ve seen my friends in good positions because they had access to quality education. I have seen and experienced that children from rural communities do not have adequate exposure and access to quality education. I wanted to be able o make a difference.

Best part of being TFN fellow…

It gives me a platform to work not only as a teacher but as a leader, and I know what I am doing is helping someone. It has taught me things that might have taken decades otherwise. Today, this is a new me with a new vision and with new leadership qualities.

What are the challenges?

When I started my fellowship all my students were really very poor in English. I was shattered and confused at first but now I can proudly say that we (me and my children) are improving with our combined hard work.

Why is teaching an important part?

I remember someone once said me that if you want change then start with a child. TFN offers you to the opportunity to change educational patterns and work with children directly.

To get involved, sponsor a fellow, or learn more about how you can make a difference:
TFN House
140 Chitra Marga, Kantipath, Jamal, Kathmandu
Tel: +977-1-4240105  
www.teachfornepal.org