The summer of 2012, really disappointed with my teaching experience at Qatar Academy and in line with what I had always planned of doing, I had been contemplating returning home for good to work with children from low socio-economic backgrounds.
It would have been four years at the end of 2013 academic year since my good friends–the Prices–and I had talked about my return home, sitting in a small lodge in Mustang drinking Mustang “Coffee”. We had decided then that I should give myself only five more years before I returned because, without such a deadline, we figured, I would most likely continue with my international teaching career. And so, returning even before the five years was up seemed just as good a time as any.
In addition to my disappointment with my teaching experience in Qatar, there were other pull factors at work too, such as the new addition to our family: my little nephew!
So that summer, I visited about ten government and community school in and around Pokhara, including Bal Jyoti Primary School and Vindhya Basini Secondary School, the two government schools I had attended before moving to St. Xavier’s Godavari.
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The earthquake of April 25, 2015 destroyed the building (see below) housing the science lab featured in the video above.