School is officially out! While the students and staff take a one-month break – and the school build project continues to wind through an extensive administrative process – EF Nepal team leader Hope Ma took a few moments to speak with teacher Amrita Sapkota in this second installation of our interview series:
How long have you been a teacher?
I have been a teacher at Jalapa Devi for around 8 months.
What do you teach at Jalapa Devi?
I am teaching Social Studies and Economics.
How many hours do you teach per day?
Usually I have three classes in the morning and two classes in the afternoon.
How did you decide to become a teacher?
I was studying teaching in college. I like teaching.
Tell us a little bit about your family.
I am married and I have two children. My daughter is 4 years old and my son is only 18 months. They are living with my husband in Kathmandu.
Do you go back home often to see them?
Not often. I go back home around twice a month. I miss them so much.
Is it possible to bring your family with you to Jalapa Devi?
There is no dormitory in school, and I have to share a room with my colleagues nearby school. I cannot afford to rent a big house for my family.
Tell us about your students. What are their dreams?
They all have dreams but different from each other. Some would like to be an engineer; some even want to be a teacher.
What challenges do you face now?
I have a lot of challenges… there are so many students in a class. Some have 55 students, even 60 students. I guess it is too much, and I cannot focus on all of them. And there is no library and no labs in our school. This is really a pity for me as a teacher… the students need a lot of reading.
What are the challenges for your students?
I guess they don’t pay enough attention at study since they feel they can have a job even without degree requirements. And their parents are also not cooperative enough; they don’t care for their children’s studies either.
Have there been any volunteer teachers in your school?
No, so far only Stella Zhuang and Mimi came from China. They are friendly, nice and warm-hearted. They are so nice to our students and they are very patient. They take teaching very seriously.
Do you know anything about the school rebuild project?
Yes, I know a little. EF will sponsor us to building two new buildings. I am very excited.
Many thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Is there anything else you would like to say to our readers?
No more. Welcome to any EF staff to our school, and to our village!