Celebrating Teachers on Teachers’ Day program in Nepal

Rukmini scholars from all partner schools, namely Shikharapur, Arunodaya, Pharping, Setidevi Talku and Setidevi Sokhel were present in celebrating Teachers’ Day. Various teachers from these schools were also present with their respective students. We organized a short program where the students thanked their teachers and the teachers shared the importance of Teachers’ Day. Ms. Lila Basnet from Setidevi School shared her views on what teachers’ day means and shared her happiness in being able to take part in this program.


Ms. Basnet talks about what being a teacher means to her.

Mr. Binod Mahat, Principal of Shikharapur also shared his thoughts regarding this day and thanked his teachers. Mr. Shyam Bahadur KC, a teacher from Pharping Higher Secondary School shared his thoughts on what being a teacher is and also thanked the group for organizing this event. Mr. Kedar Nath Acharya, Chair of Rukmini Foundation’s Selection Committee and a lifelong teacher spoke powerful words about the true value of teachers. He discussed what the literal definition of a teacher, or as they are known in Nepal as Guru, is. In Sanskrit ‘Gu’ means darkness while ‘Ru’ means light or brightness. He explained to the audience that a teacher is a person who takes students from darkness to light. He further discussed the current status of the teaching profession and teachers in general in Nepal. The crowd appreciated his insights and humor in the way he expressed his message.


A teacher “Guru” is a person who takes students from darkness to light.

FInally, one of our new scholars from Setidevi School Sokhel, Mandira Timalsina shared her feelings about this day and thanked the teachers for the education they are providing. We were proud of her being able to address the audience.

handing over the uniform

We love seeing the smiles on these girls’ faces when they receive their new uniforms.

At the end of our small program the Rukmini Didis (mentors) handed over the new uniforms and shoes to the new scholars. We concluded the program with some light snacks. Teachers’ Day was enjoyed by all. We would like to express our thanks to these teachers (Gurus) who are working hard to bring these students to light from darkness.

Please check out some more pictures from this event on our Flickr page.

Niroj Shrestha,
Program Officer, Rukmini Foundation

About Niroj Shrestha

Niroj has been managing many of the activities of A School for Community (ASC) in Nepal that has been established to not only promote formal education, but also to leverage the experiences and skills of community leaders and members to promote local development. Niroj will bring his local expertise as well as his experience in managing programs at the grassroots level. He seeks to help the foundation to continually improve the delivery of programs while also building the capacity of our Didis and local volunteers.
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