Walkathon for ending inequity in education

Kathmandu, December 25

Teach For Nepal is organising its 2nd annual charity walkathon tomorrow with participation of over 1,000 youths.

TFN is a movement of university graduates and young professionals, who are committed to ending education inequity in Nepal. TFN today said the walk is being held with the aim of demonstrating the hardships faced by students in rural Nepal.

Children in rural parts of the country have to walk for hours to reach their schools, while many are still deprived of education.

The event also aims to raise awareness about the need for improving quality of education in public schools and to generate resources required to support the movement. Over 1,000 college students and young professionals have pledged to donate Rs 1,000 each for the cause.

Commencing from Bhrikuti Mandap’s south gate, the participating youths will pass through Shahid Gate, New Road, Basantapur, Chhetrapati, Thamel, Keshar Mahal, Durbar Marg and Old Buspark before converging at Bhrikuti Mandap.

Axe Band, selected college students, TFN fellows and some of their students will entertain the audience with musical performances during the closing ceremony.

CEO of TFN Shisir Khanal remarked, “The general idea of the walkathon is to make people aware about the hardships of students who have to walk for hours to reach their schools.” He added that the walk is a symbolic gesture that TFN is committed to walking together with the kids.

Prajwal Khadka, Coordinator of the walkathon, shared that many youth in the capital are not aware that students in rural Nepal have to walk for hours daily to reach their schools. Khadka informed that about Rs 1 million will be raised from the event, which will be used for providing stipends to five TFN fellows for a year.

“TFN Walkathon is thus a solidarity walk that aims to make each individual aware that no children, regardless of their socio-economic status, should be left behind and that they should have access to same opportunities and choices as those who go to private schools.”