Teach For Nepal inducted the third cohort of 2015 fellows to teach at different public schools situated in Lalitpur, Sindhupalchowk and Dhanusha districts.
Half of the new fellows will be replacing the first cohort of fellows currently teaching at Lalitpur district and the other half will be teaching in public schools at Dhanusha district. Teach For Nepal began by placing the Fellows in Lalitpur district in 2013 and expanded this to Sindhupalchowk district in 2014, with the Second Cohort. This year Teach For Nepal is expanding its presence to Dhanusha district.
Addressing the event, the keynote speaker for the induction ceremony, Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, Founder President, Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, congratulated Teach For Nepal for expanding the movement of education to the villages of Nepal and trying to bring a wave of change in the nation.
“Spiritual awakening, moral conduct and socio-economic development are essential to grow, and prosper,” Dr. Ariyaratne said.
Asko Luukkainen, Ambassador of Finland to Nepal, also graced the event with his presence and insights. “It is encouraging to see young people in Nepal, willing to go and teach in rural areas of Nepal”
Susan Parker Burns, Chief of Public Affairs Section, American Embassy, spoke in support of Teach for Nepal and its approaches. She said that the State Department is proud to support the Teach for Nepal movement.
Extending his support from the side of the government, Director General at Department of Education, Dr. Dilli Ram Rimal shared that the government is excited about the work of Teach For Nepal.
“This movement has depicted how education can bring change and contribute to develop the nation,” said Dr. Rimal.
Joint-Secretary at the Ministry of Education Lava Deo Awasthi, also regarded the movement of Teach For Nepal as one the government could not do.
He appreciated how the movement has reached across communities in the form of education revolution.
The program was followed by various activities of the children, drama, songs and performances from the students from the Teach For Nepal fellow’s classroom.
The new cohort was selected from 1055 applicants who applied to the program. Following the induction ceremony, the 2015 Fellows will join six weeks long pre-service training before they begin their work in placement schools from April 2015, where they will teach for the next two years.
With an objective of ending the education inequity in Nepal, under Teach For Nepal’s teaching fellowship 49 Fellows are currently teaching in 25 schools across Lalitpur and Sindupalchowk districts reaching to about 3,600 students. TFN recruited its third cohort with the goal of placing additional fellows and expanding the program to Dhansuha district in the year 2015 and reaching out to thousands of students.