Teach For Nepal (TFN) has officially opened its Fellowship application for the academic year 2020 during the closing ceremony of TFN Walkathon 2019, organized on June 29 at Labim Mall. The annual Walkathon program which was supported by Nabil Bank involved 700+ young professionals and students from 50 different colleges and universities around Kathmandu. The participants are avid supporters of TFN who have raised money to fight the educational inequity in Nepal.
The event is annually organized to raise awareness about the persisting educational inequity, especially in the rural villages of Nepal and to let more people take the pledge of championing the improvement of public school education in Nepal. The event is a melange where youth and primarily undergraduate students studying in Kathmandu valley get involved with Teach For Nepal’s movement and support the cause.
The Walkathon started from Labim Mall, Lalitpur which passed through Thapathali, Maitighar, Bhadrakali, Sundhara, Tripureshwor, Kupandole and ended back in Labim Mall. The program concluded with a ceremony that featured a musical performance from college representatives of Teach For Nepal and various Nepali artists.
Students attending public schools come from low-income families and socially marginalized communities. In rural Nepal, students of Teach For Nepal Fellows come to school on foot from long distances. Some students walk as much as three hours one-way, just to get to a school. Teach For Nepal Walkathon is, thus, a solidarity walk to commit that no children, regardless of socio-economic status, will be left behind.
Speaking at the event, Director of Recruitment and Selection at TFN Shailendra Jha said, “It is always an exciting feeling to have young people understanding the movement and walking for a cause. He also shared his years-long experience of organizing Walkathon and talked about the importance of outreaching to university students in ending educational inequity in Nepal from programs like these.” During the event, Jha officially announced application open for the Fellowship for the next academic year 2020. Interested change-makers are encouraged to apply by visiting TFN’s website.
Teach For Nepal Fellows are currently teaching in 65 schools across seven districts in Nepal – Lalitpur, Sindhupalchowk, Dhanusa, Parsa, Dang, Tanahun, and Lamjung. They are touching the lives of more than 10,000 students.
About Teach For Nepal
Teach For Nepal is a movement 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 of on-the-job training for new Fellows in the classroom. Now in its seventh year, the movement has achieved support from local government and shown strong results based on a number of assessments.
As a part of the Fellowship, young changemakers go to rural communities serving in public schools as volunteer teachers, teaching maths, science, and english. 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.
Currently, 138 Fellows are teaching English, science, and maths in 65 schools in seven districts across Nepal changing the lives of 10,000 children.
Teach For Nepal operates with the help of local donors, Nepalese living abroad and in partnership with the government, schools, and corporates who want to help in reducing educational inequality in Nepal.
– Jamuna Gautam