Rai spent her first year in Dhanusha and came to Dang this year. She decided to devote two years to teaching in rural Nepal because she believes Nepal’s future rests on the quality of education.
She was persuaded to join Teach for Nepal after coming across four siblings in Kathmandu who dropped out of school. “I could not persuade them to complete their education, so I thought I would go to a village myself where there would be many such students I could teach,” Rai recalls.
Teach for Nepal was the right platform because it sends fellows to villages that need change the most. But building rapport with students was a challenge. So, in her first class, Rai’s homework assignments was for the children to write letters to her. Few did in the beginning, but gradually even the more introverted children shared their stories.
“The letters students wrote to me were so emotional and full of their daily struggle,” Rai says, “they were very candid about family life and hardships at home. The letters helped me understand and connect with them.”
Kalakhola School is situated on the outskirts of Tulsipur, and is half-town, half-village. Better-off families send their boys to a nearby private school, while girls and children of poorer families attend the government school.
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