Learning beyond the classroom

April 4, 2017 03:00 am

KATHMANDU, April 3: From kindergarten through high school, students get education in science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM subjects.

“A true learning sustains through an effective teaching”, believes Shisir Khanal, CEO of Teach for Nepal (TFN), an organization working in the field of education. Established in 2012, TFN is currently active in three districts. It has so far provided its services to about 36 schools. Earning a Master’s Degree in International Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Maddison, he set out on a journey with a vision to improve the education system of Nepal. Khanal talks to Republica’s Sonam Lama, about his experiences and challenges.

Finding yourself broke later in life is no fun. It doesn’t matter how you got there — it only matters where you go from here. If you are willing to take extraordinary measures, you can accomplish extraordinary things. It is entirely up to you.

Professor Dr Dibya Singh Shah is an eminent nephrologist. She is the head of Nephrology and Transplant Medicine at Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj. She did her MBBS and MD from India, and completed training on nephrology and transplant medicine from Australia. In conversation with Republica’s Prasansha Rimal, she talks about her inspiration and challenges she had to face as a female doctor.

Today, everybody wants to achieve excellence. Imperfection is not tolerated, be it in schools or at work. With an objective of helping people achieve excellence, or perfection, various training programs and workshops are conducted in Kathmandu. But are they really helpful? Have they actually helped the people achieve their dreams? Republica talked to a few people to get their opinion on the matter.

Procrastination affects everyone. It sneaks up on most people when they’re tired or bored, but for some, procrastination can be a full-fledged addiction.

Ashok Sherchan has been the CEO at Prabhu Bank Ltd. since 2014. Originally from Baglung, he graduated from Shankar Dev Campus with a Bachelors in Commerce and worked in Kathmandu with a hope to fulfill his dreams and aspirations. In conversation with Republica’s Sonam Lama, he shares about his struggles, experiences and insights on Nepal’s banking sector.

Your hopes were high and now they’ve been dashed. You received a curt, ‘Thanks, but no thanks’ for an opportunity you were really excited about.

“You are passively sitting in a group and not contributing anything at all,” I whispered to a participant during a recent workshop. She hesitated a bit and gave me an awkward smile. During the break, she came up to me and said, “Actually, I didn’t know much about this workshop. My friend dragged me here with her. So I was a little lost during the activities.”

What would make you quit your job? How difficult is it to work while still in college?