Become a Bridge Builder for Nepal
Prava Adhikari's Fundraiser for Education in Nepal
Become a Bridge Builder
We held a fundraising trip to Bear Mountain in October in support of Digital Bridges for Nepal.
Your support can build a bridge between the education system in Nepal today, and the modern education system the Nepalese people desire and demand.
Many of you know me as a teacher, as someone passionate about passing on Nepalese culture and language to our children in the United States. Or maybe you know my work teaching newly arrived immigrants about the language and culture in the U.S. so they can secure jobs and find success here. My commitment to teaching comes from my firm belief in the power of education to change the course of a person's life. I've seen the change take place in my students, in myself, and in the kids I work with as a childcare provider. But it is through my work with Digital Bridges 4 Nepal where I have the biggest impact on people's lives.
Our goal at Digital Bridges is to act as a catalyst accelerating the much needed changes to the Nepalese education system that us Nepalese ourselves want and demand. By linking Nepalese in the diaspora with villages, towns and municipalities with technological tools and training, we are showing that change is possible. We can be the bridge between the education system as it exists today in Nepal, and the truly modern education system our children deserve.
As a board member for Digital Bridges 4 Nepal, I'm committed to improving the system of education in Nepal, to training teachers to use digital technologies, and to enabling students to realize their full potential as critical thinkers and future leaders.
I invite you to join me by making a commitment to accelerating change in Nepal. By donating to Digital Bridges 4 Nepal, you are helping establish a nation-wide network of digitally connected schools, teachers and administrators preparing our students to serve the nation and lead us towards a more prosperous and peaceful future.
Watching the World Cup right now, I see those spectacular stadiums, hotels, and even a brand new city that didn't exist ten years ago, and I think about the young men and women from Nepal who built those stadiums. Under intense heat, living 8 or 12 to a room, with one bathroom, no ability to negotiate, or even to quit, young Nepalese suffered and sacrificed so they could send money home to their families, and send their own children to school. There is a stark contrast between the spectacle on TV and the stark choice between poverty and migration that too many of our young people face. We need an education system that prepares our young people to succeed on their own terms, in their own country.
I know many of your share my commitment to education and a better future for our children. I hope you will consider making a donation to Digital Bridges. We are growing our team and expanding our impact. With your support, we can accelerate the changes taking place in the Nepalese education system and make it possible for the next generation of young people to choose their own pathway through life, and build a more peaceful and prosperous future for all Nepalese.
Digital Bridges for Nepal in Action
Girls helping load in the equipment during the installation of the newest CLEC at Shree Siddhakali Higher Secondary School.
- "Nepal has struggled for decades to provide meaningful opportunities for large parts of its population, particularly for those who live in the countryside." - NY Times, November 2022.
- Nepalese “students are adept in tasks related to memorization and recall, but are not effective in skills requiring application or ability at a higher cognitive level." - UNESCO
- “Inequity, or disparity across social, income, and geographic dimensions... increases the vulnerability to shocks that can erode years of human capital investment.” - World Bank
- 85.52% of students in Nepal attend school until grade 10, but only 13.5% complete grades 11 & 12.
- Over 20% of GDP in Nepal comes from low-skill migrant workers who send paychecks home to keep their own children fed and in school.
Digital Bridges 4 Nepal acts as a catalyst accelerating much needed change in Nepalese education by providing rural youth with access to information technology and high quality education
- Digital Bridges 4 Nepal leverages low-cost solutions to provide computers, network access, and training in order to enhance students' and teachers' skills, knowledge, practical experience and confidence in the use of information technology.
- Digital Bridges focuses on students in grades 11 & 12 so they are able to stay in school and continue their pursuit of useful knowledge and modern skills and pursue their own chosen pathway through life.
The Time to Act is Now
"For the first time in its history, Nepal is experiencing a demographic dividend... which is a phenomenon where young people account for the largest segment of the population of a country. This provides a unique opportunity for Nepal - an opportunity for young people to educate themselves, earn a sustainable living and contribute to the country." - UNDP
The current generation of young people in Nepal are too often forced to leave home to engage in migrant work in construction and other low-wage industries. It's time to invest in young people, so they can choose the future they desire!
Click here to read the full New York Times report on Nepalese Migratant Workers in Qatar, November 16, 2022
Become a part of the Solution
Join with Digital Bridges, the Nepalese diaspora, and people of good will around the world to accelerate improvements in Nepal’s educational system.
Together we can empower Nepalese youth with the skills and knowledge they need to contribute to the growth and prosperity of their own communities and of all of Nepal.