U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Peter W. Bodde today announced a $75,806 (65 lakh Nepali rupees) grant in support of Teach For Nepal, a movement of university graduates and young professionals working towards ending educational inequity in Nepal. Teach For Nepal will place 30 young Nepali teaching fellows in government schools in Lalitpur district beginning later this month.
“Teach For Nepal fellows are poised to be some of the most powerful agents of change in this country’s education landscape,” said Ambassador Bodde. “By empowering talented young people to transform the lives of children in some of Nepal’s most under-served communities, this program will create the momentum necessary to push this country toward its goals of prosperity, stability, and opportunity.”
The organization’s two senior leaders, CEO Shisir Khanal and Head of Training Swastika Shrestha, are both graduates of American universities. About their commitment to the cause of education, Ambassador Bodde said: “Shisir Khanal and Swastika Shrestha are great examples of young Nepalis who have returned from abroad with innovative ideas and a willingness to do their very best for the future of their country."
The announcement was made at a public launch at Hotel Shanker with members of Teach For Nepal’s leadership council and supporters, including the Ambassador of Finland and former Vice Chancellor Kedar Bhakta Mathema. The U.S. Government’s grant to Teach For Nepal will support the organization’s initial training and ongoing professional development for the inaugural corps of 30 teaching fellows, in addition to the recruitment of the next cohort of fellows.
Teach For Nepal is modeled after Teach For America, formed nearly 25 years ago to place the United States’ brightest young people in primary and secondary schools in low-income communities for two-year teaching commitments. Similar programs have since been implemented in 26 other countries, including in Bangladesh, China, India, and Pakistan. More information about the New York-based Teach For All network is available at www.teachforall.org