Kathmandu,April 6, 2018: Teach For Nepal is marking its 5 years of impact this Friday, April 6th, 2018 (23rd Chaitra, 2074) from 2:30 pm onwards, in Rastriya Sabha Griha Exhibition Road, Kathmandu with a milestone: The organization will place 70 new Fellows this new academic year in rural public schools across the country. This cohort is the largest incoming cohort and is as accomplished as ever and come from a diverse educational background. By maximizing the educational diversity of its Fellows, Teach For Nepal ensures that it is enlisting the country’s top talent, whether they share the backgrounds of students affected by educational inequity or come from backgrounds of privilege.
The event will also mark the successful completion of Teach For Nepal’s two-years of Fellowship by 39 outstanding Fellows and the initiation of 70 new Fellows to the Fellowship program, who will serve in rural public schools. The event will bring together Minister of Education (Science and Technology) Giriraj Mani Pokhrel, Mayors, Village Council Members and the entire education sector to celebrate the movement’s drive towards fair education for all.
“The event is to celebrate Teach For Nepal’s five years of hope, struggle and achievements,” says Teach For Nepal’s CEO, Shisir Khanal. The movement which was born in 2013 during the political transition recruits high achieving graduates and young professionals and places them in lower-socio-economic-status communities of Nepal to teach for two-years. Sharing his experiences, Khanal says, “In the beginning everyone was skeptical of the idea of young people going to rural communities and teaching but today 102 young leaders have completed their Fellowship and changed the lives of thousands of children.”
Teach For Nepal will place 70 exceptional graduates with high academic ability as teachers in six districts across Nepal this April – double the number who took part in 2013 when the movement first started. From next academic year it will also expand into new parts of the country for the first time – Dang, Parsa, and Lamjung. This expansion will mean that Teach For Nepal would be able to reach more than 10,000 students from six districts.
The event will feature student and Fellows-led activities through display of student-developed projects as well as drama and music by students from public schools in Lalitpur, Sindhupalchowk and Dhanusa.
We look forward to celebrating with you at this year’s Teach For Nepal’s 5 Years of Impact.
About Teach For Nepal
Teach for Nepal (TFN) is a movement of outstanding university graduates and young professionals who are committed to end education inequity in Nepal starting with two years of fellowship teaching in public schools. The fellowship is a highly competitive, challenging, and rewarding leadership development program, which prepares the participants to become lifelong leaders. Teach For Nepal Fellows come from diverse academic background. They have completed a minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies, Education, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Public Health, Social Work, and Science & Technology from colleges and universities in Nepal and many countries abroad.
Teach For Nepal is a non-profit working to address educational inequality in Nepal that launched in 2013. One of its first initiatives has been to establish a program to recruit high achieving graduates and young professionals into teaching Fellowship. This initial Fellowship provides an initial intensive residential training followed by two years on-the-job training for new Fellows in the classroom. Now in its sixth year, the movement has achieved support from local government and shown strong results based on a number of assessments.
Teachers completing the Fellowship go to secondary schools serving lower-socio-economic-status communities. As well as complementing traditional teacher education, every year the Fellowship aims to draw a new pool of talented individuals into teaching and provide them with the leadership skills they need in order to have a long-term, systemic impact on educational inequality.
Prajwal Khadka (Teach For Nepal)