The education system is blooming day by day in Nepal, especially due to interest from the foreigners.
By Aashis Luitel
By Aashis Luitel
Emily Jones, 20, from California, America has chosen Nepal to study the course ‘French language’ . When asked why she chose Nepal for her course study then she gave a simple answer that “Is the place only to learn Nepali?”
In the last week’s issue of the guardian , London based English daily, Aida Edemariam's article “who still wants to learn languages?” got support from an American who really liked her article. She said a language apart from your mother tongue is learn by those who think they have to know about the world. Emily might also felt that and came all the way from America to learn this course.
Nepal’s Tribhuwan University and Americans Cornell University on student exchange programme send American students over here in Nepal. “Due to this I got an opportunity to study in Nepal all the way from University of Pennsylvania,”she said, “When I said my friends about this then they got shocked and looked at me with jealousy.”
Being a daughter of software engineer and grown up in the city of San Francisco, she had keen interest in learning new things from young age. She is even more glad because her mother has is now doing her PhD Though she had to leave her friends , family she will be doing research about her course and try learn about the Nepali culture. She even says that learning new things and studying has different joy in it. “Due to the natural heritage of Nepal I got attached to it” and beside she feels glad to study in Nepal and thanks her fortune. When asked “do other Americans think the same way?” She takes time to answer and says “many people don’t even that Nepal even exist in the world map”. She feels glad to promote Nepal over there in America and she has full confidence in herself. “Sometimes when I show them some glimpses of Nepal then they feel shocked to see that there is such a wonderful place in the earth” She said. Emily openly said that she lives in the girls hostel at Kirtipur. She got a shock when she got to know that girls and boys have different hostels.
While talking to Hello Shukrabar he shared his experience of studying sincerely over here. He finds interest in studying the course engineering management saying that he gained practical knowledge from this course.
He entered Nepal thinking “will I be able to get more of practical knowledge than just theoretical?” He had searched about this before entering Nepal. He got glad when he got an opportunity to study in Nepal. He was congratulated by many and asked him the process of studying out here.
The first day when he entered college he has confused but by seeing the number of foreigners out here he regained his confidence and made friends out here. When he got closer to his new friends then he got a nickname “lahure”. He gets happy when he is called by the name and he adds to it that “I am just like you guys”. With the decent French cut, neatly combed hair and toned body it seems like a Nepali has returned from another country. With his stay about to be one month he got to know the meaning of “lahure” .
Thinking about her future she was going through the television where she saw documentary about Nepal and got support from them because they were in more pain than her but still were happier and lastly she found her destiny for her future. But had given a second thought “what will I do over there in Nepal?” but changed her mind thinking that there will be more opportunity in Nepal than in other developed countries. “When I said about my study plans in Nepal,” she remembered, “then my friend’s got shocked and asked me why?” Then she answered back saying to study and she came to her destined place in 2007. After that the main problem was which college to join? Then she asked her professors which college to join through internet. She got a reply about st. xaviers college. Presently she is doing her bachelors in social works and she is in third year.
When she got her admission out there she had to face the difficulty in learning the course due to her weakness in English. But when she made friends out here then she got to learn Nepali from them. Initially she had problem in passing her exams but after she made friends then she is happy to pass it clearly and she wishes to do her masters out here.
Mohmaed Lasan,from Maldivs, has the same story ,he is studying medical in Institute Of Medical science in Maharajung and is in second year and wishes to do masters over here. He shares his story saying that he thought he would not get a chance to become a doctor but he completed his A-levels he searched the best medical colleges and got to know about IOM , he is glad to get admitted to it and wishes to complete his college sincerely.
He even says that he was crazy to become a doctor since childhood and he worked under a doctor as his assistant in Male and side by side even prepared for the entrance exam.
According to the education ministry the total enrollment till date (i.e 2009/10) there are 1183 foreign students studying in Nepal. It is 150 more than last year enrollment. In this manner there are more students who are willing to come to Nepal which is blooming nepali culture, nepal’s natural heritage as well as the nepali education system.
Note : This article is the English version of NEPALI article published in Kantipur's friday supplement HELLOSHUKRABAR in 3rd September 2010