Sita Gyawali teaches Nepali at the Laboratory Higher Secondary School, Kirtipur and her students listen to her attentively as she reads from her Braille books.
“I have been teaching for the last five years. Three years ago I joined this school and teach class VII and VIII,” says Gyawali, who also holds classes for visually-impaired children.
She is grateful to her supportive parents for their support in helping her achieve her dreams.
“I think I am blessed that I was born is such a supportive family. Family support is the most important thing that helps children move forward no matter what their condition,” she says.
She also feels deeply obliged to her uncle Jhabindra Gyawali, Founder of National Youth Opportunity Forum and Olga Murray for giving her a chance to get an education.
Her younger brother and sister are also visually-impaired and they are also independent like her.
“My brother Bal Ram is teaching at Bhanu Bhakta Memorial School, and my sister Nirmala just returned from the States. She had received a Fulbright scholarship,” she informs.
Gyawali proudly claims, “I am the first visually-impaired woman to receive a Master’s degree,” but laments, “I feel like I have not been able to utilise my knowledge to the full potential. I would like teach in colleges like other Master’s degree holders but there are no resources available to us. The government should take some initiative for us, and society should also support us.”
Despite her complaints, there is a confidence that shines through her and being financially independent she beams, “I don’t have to depend on anyone now. I am living life on my own terms and can do what I want. I do not have to lead a dominated life.”