NGO out to Better Public School Education

Seeks volunteer teachers   

“Education is fundamental to social change. But presently, a vast majority in Nepal has not been able to attain even the basic level of education. As a nation, if we haven’t figured out how to deal with this problem, then social transformation is not possible,” asserts Shisir Khanal, who is leading the Teach for Nepal project as its CEO.   

Teach for Nepal is essentially a fellowship which aims to reduce the inequity in the quality of education at public schools and private schools in Nepal. It is a partner in the global education network, Teach for All, that is spread across 27 countries. The movement in Nepal is being sponsored by the HH Bajaj family, Buddha Air and the Embassy of Finland.  

 According to a Ministry of Education data available with Teach for Nepal, 85% Nepali children go to public schools. Out of the total students who appeared in the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examinations in 2012, 64% failed. Over 90% failed either in Mathematics, English or Science. “There is a clear gap between those who have access to private schools and those who don’t,” says Khanal, who considers the gap a form of social injustice. Teach for Nepal is here to bridge the gap and envisions changing the scenario of education in Nepal.  

To do this, like all its global partners, Teach for Nepal will be recruiting young people who have finished their undergraduate programs and are willing to commit two years as teachers at public schools in Kathmandu. In its first year, Teach for Nepal will recruit 30 individuals to work in 15 different schools. 

 “Usually, students who do well in their math, science and English subjects in SLC are expected to move on to the fields of science, technology or business. So the best minds are in other fields, while those who don’t excel at their school levels are seen opting to study Education and then later join a teaching job. It is people like them who end up educating the next generation of children,” says Khanal, who adds that the trend of those with lesser capabilities educating the children creates a vicious cycle.  

Hence, Teach for Nepal is hiring competent and capable youth to not only teach public school students, but also to groom them as lifelong advocates of ending inequity in education. Those selected for this fellowship will receive Rs 10,000 per month as stipend and, at the end of two years, they will also be provided with a Rs 120,000 fund for their own use. 

 “We will select applicants through a rigorous process. The selected 30 will receive residential training for six weeks and continuous support from Teach for Nepal staff for the rest of their fellowship,” shares Khanal, adding, “Although it demands a lot of effort and hard work, Teach for Nepal fellowship will be a transformative and highly rewarding experience.” 

Teach for All is a prestigious fellowship which has been recognized by leading institutes and organizations of the world. Teach for Nepal fellows are also expected to benefit personally from this recognition in terms of their careers and further education.  

For more information, visit 
The application deadline is November 30.

Published on Republica on 24th November, 2012



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