Since January 2020, I’ve been walking every morning to the top of the mountain, to teach the children of Sworek Maidan the English language through fun activities. In the evening I’m back to teach conversational English to adults. While the learning process is different, the focus is the same: providing practical, useful language – such as key vocabulary and phrases for survival in English.

The official language of Nepal is Nepali. According to the 2011 national census, the percentage of Nepali speaking people is about 44.6%. In total there are 129 languages spoken as a mother tongue (first language) in Nepal. English is one of the hardest, but most important subjects in school. Without good skills in written and spoken English, young students will not be able to graduate and have a chance to go to good colleges. Acquiring a good level of English has huge implications for Nepali people. About 15% of all Nepalis have to work abroad for several years in their lives, mostly in places such as the Middle-East and Malaysia, in order to generate crucial income for the families at home

Creating fun ways to teach the English language to the children of my community is for me a wonderful opportunity to use my teaching skills and experience. Besides that, there are plans of the government to make this rural area more accessible for tourism. This is another motivation for me to help the community prepare, so they don’t need to move to the Terai (in search or arable land), but are able to make a living in their hometown.