There are several villages in the outskirts of Kathmandu where the natives feel that their villages have nothing to do with the dazzling image of the capital city. It is because their kids have been deprived of quality education. Though there has been increasing trend to send children to English Medium Private schools, everyone cannot afford. Those who cannot afford, they send their children to public school.
Dikshya Thapa, 21, recalls how hard it was for her to embark a career journey as a girl from a poor family and a student of a public school.
Dikshya completed School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exam from Shree Khokana Secondary School, located in Dakshinkali Municipality, some 10 kilometers away from Kathmandu, in 2014. But the journey was not easy.
“I am the third daughter of my patents. Sending us to English Boarding School was not possible for them because of the economic condition. I felt a bit difficulty in learning English,” she recalls, “Managing uniform, school fee and stationaries for three daughters was not easy for my parents.”
However, hard work paid her off. When she was at grade five, a school teacher told her a good news that she will get uniform, books, stationary and fees as scholarship.
“I came to know that the school selected me after ADRA approached to the school for scholarship scheme for the children from poor family. After getting scholarship from ADRA, I concentrated on my study till grade 10,” she shares.
After completing SLC, her career took shape when she was able to get her name published in the list of successful candidates for Proficiency Level in nursing. Green Tara College of Health Science provided her scholarship. “The total fee was nine hundred thousand rupees but college waived eight hundred thousand rupees and ADRA provided remaining one hundred thousand rupees,” she says.
Her wait to become nurse was over within the few months she completed PCL nursing. After completing PCL Nursing, she saw an advertisement for recruitment of nurse in an Armed Police Force (AFP) hospital. She applied for the position and got her name published in the first attempt amidst tough competition.
“Being a combat nurse was not easy, tough training, physical exercise was tiring but gradually I became used to.” She shares. Another exciting news in the family was that her sister was also able to get the similar job in the same organization through open competition. Now, two sibling have been serving as combat nurse at the Armed Police Force (AFP) hospital.
Dikshya has become inspiration in her community. “It feels good when my teachers take my name to encourage kids in the school where I competed my secondary education.”
Dikhya feels that even a small assistance may create a spark in the lives of children from poor family background. In future, she has plan to continue further study and provide some kinds of support to the children from poor family background in her own community.
ADRA Nepal has been providing scholarship to 300 unprivileged children in Kavre, Kathmandu and Lalitpur district to help them continue school education.