main goal is to provide an independent Nepalese perspective in
the design, implementation and assessment of development
policies & programs by employing a wide range of
quantitative, qualitative and PRA methodologies.
New ERA Initiative
Educational Support for Sabina Bishwokarma, Mugu
New ERA’s educational support for Ms Sabina Bishwokarma was initiated
in response to a news article published in the Kantipur Daily on
August 18, 2006 regarding her dream to pursue further studies and
become a doctor. Residing permanently in Kot Danda VDC, Ward no. 5,
Luee village of Mugu district, Sabina passed her SLC in the year 2009 and
is currently studying in class 12 in Mahadev Mashta Higher Secondary School situated in Ratapani, Luee
village of Mugu district. Belonging from Dalit caste group, Sabina is
the only girl studying at the higher secondary level in the Khaptad
region of Mugu district.
The amount that New ERA decided for Sabina's educational support was Rs. 15,000 per year, which she started receiving when she was in grade
8, and the support continued until she completed her SLC in 2008. As
Sabina decided to study further after completion of her SLC, the last
year's AGM decided that New ERA would provide her with the amount of
Rs. 25,000 for her 10+2 level education. New ERA has provided her
with a total of nearly Rs. 100,000, which includes cash amount plus
expenses for educational materials and installation of solar panel in
As per the discussion with Mr. Ramchandra Tiwari, the Principal of
Shree Mahadev Mashta Higher Secondary School, Sabina took her final
exam of class 11 and is currently studying in class 12 of the same
school since Bhadra, 2067. Though result for class 11 has not been
published, the principal is expecting that it will be a good result.
As he mentioned, Sabina is a disciplined student, hard working and
very much focused on her studies. Hence, he is confident enough to say
that Sabina will definitely pass in her final exams of her class 12,
which is scheduled for the month of Baisakh, 2068. Being weak in
English, Sabina has been taking English tuition classes for six months
starting from the month of Mangsir, 2067 for which she has to pay Rs.
3,000. According to her father, Sabina has no plan to get married
now, as she looks forward to pursue further studies.