In general, while most of the students in the valley are busy attending online classes, playing virtual games, engaged in social media chatting and spending hours in YouTube, one of our TFN students from Shree Narayani Secondary School, Gimdi, Lalitpur is investing his knowledge, skills, and connections to support students of his community. His objective is to fulfill the gap of teaching-learning habits among them. His small initiation of peer teaching has encouraged other students to continue with their studies and also helped him enhance his own learning abilities.
He is Rajesh Karki, a SEE appearing student. He is very hardworking at studies. He is also active in household chores and fieldwork. He aspires to become a good rapper. Not only in studies, but he is also good at extracurricular activities. He is an active member of the school’s child club. He has taken part in different intra-school and inter-school activities organized by the Child Club Network and involved in other different organizations. He is on the school’s volleyball team as well. He is an all-rounder student. He is one of the examples that students can do well in studies as well as extracurricular activities in a balanced way.
“At this time of lockdown, I am aware that most of the urban areas private school students have moved into online learning classes. They have good access to networks and facilities. On the contrary, rural public school students like us are holding onto a rope of hope for the lockdown to stem so that we can rejoin school. In order to fulfill this gap, I initiated tutoring students of my area.”, he stated.
“Rajesh dai used to remind us to study for an hour at least whenever he saw us hanging around. Then, one day we argued to him why he didn’t start coaching us instead of suggesting to study. He considered our argument swiftly. He guides on the study at least for an hour in the evening.”, his students said.
“After receiving such feedback from the children, my inner voice motivated me to demonstrate a sense of agency and leadership at the time of crisis. Initially, the idea was inspired by my TFN teachers Ms. Rabu Ranjit and Sajan Shrestha. Later on, I took the pace slowly along with the students. Further, I would also like to bestow my sincerest gratitude to Saroj Sharma, Sanam ShahThankuri, Rusha Adhikari, Anjana Pokhrel, and Rabindra Sir for their remarkable contribution to our school. I am truly sparked by them. I will always be grateful for their dedication and commitment towards us. And I will continue to enhance my leadership capabilities.”, he shared.