|Date||–||March 28, 2017|
|Time||–|| 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Refreshments and networking from 4:00 to 4:30pm
Talk program from 4:30 pm onwards
Shangri- La Hotel
Dr. Anjana Singh
Dr. Dovan Rai
Mr. Ganga Ram Gautam
Dr. Sangita Rayamajhi
A dialogue between invited speakers, moderator, and audience, this panel discussion will give insight into not only the backgrounds of several leading experts in the field but also the multiple challenges and opportunities encountered by girls seeking educational advancement within Nepal. The four Nepali panelists, all with diverse educational and professional backgrounds, will try to find common ground on what areas have yet to be addressed, each from their own perspective. Through a combination of panel discussion and audience questions, this event will provide a better understanding of where Girls' Education in Nepal stands today and what tomorrow might look like.
Dr. Anjana Singh, Professor at the Central Department of Microbiology at Tribhuvan University, is at the forefront of STEM education for the woman in Nepal and has been for over a decade. Singh views women severely underrepresented in the sciences due to a combination of social, cultural and financial factors. Singh is an executive member of the 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Fulbright Alumni Association, a recipient of Sweden’s International Foundation for Science Grant, and has a long background of both national and international publications-92; peer-reviewed journals-37, and books-23. Dr. Anjana Singh, is a current life member of Women in Science and Technology, Nepal.
Dr. Dovan Rai, both Computer Scientist and self-proclaimed feminist, completed a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute under the Fulbright Science and Technology Ph.D. Scholarship. In Rai’s dissertation titled 'Modes and Mechanisms of Game-like Interventions in Intelligent Tutoring Systems', Rai integrated educational games and intelligent tutoring systems to create engaging and effective learning systems. Rai is currently working at OLE Nepal, a non-profit creating curriculum-based interactive learning software for public schools in Nepal, committed to making quality education accessible. Rai holds an M.A in Sociology (thesis: Gender Role Influence and Impact on Academic Performance of Adolescent Girls) and a B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering.
Mr. Ganga Ram Gautam, Associate Professor in English Education at Tribhuvan University, has been addressing what he views as the key barriers in Nepal girls’ education throughout his entire career: household chores and study balance, body changes, menstruation hygiene and management. His passion for girls’ education motivated the development and implementation of an evidence-based Girls’ Empowerment Training in rural Nepal. Gautam is a recent Echidna Global Scholar at the Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution and one of the founding members of Nepal English Teachers’ Association (NELTA). Gautam holds a B.Ed., an M.Ed., an M.A. in English Language Teaching and completed the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship in International Education and Leadership Development.
Dr. Sangita Rayamajhi, Senior Professor and Director of the South Asian Foundation for Academic Research (SAFAR), Rayamajhi was the first woman in Nepal to receive her Ph.D. in English Literature and currently specializes in Asian, Women and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Rayamajhi acquired her Post Doc. "Cultural Memories as Reflected in Dramaturgy: Nepali and American Women's Experiences" from Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA. and has several books to her name, her latest is a co-authored book Women's Roles in Asia (Women's Roles through History). She is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship and Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowship (SRF). At present, she is the Secretary to the Rt. Honorable President (Expert: Gender, Social Welfare, and Cultural Affairs).
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