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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 her house.

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.