Bhawana Shrestha

Bhawana Shrestha

Kathmandu, Nepal

I’m a passionate educator working in the domain of Emotional Intelligence in Nepal.

Always fond of asking meaningful questions, I started my career as a journalist at 17 in pursuit of social change. I later switched careers to serve 3 years in rural Nepal through the Teach for Nepal fellowship. Having realized that students don’t learn just because the teacher is well prepared to take the class, I joined as a faculty for undergrads to see if emotions still had the same impact on them too. Having realized deficiency of emotional intelligence in students, I conducted my M.Phil. Research on 200 students to measure the state of emotional intelligence in Nepal. The findings led me to start My Emotions Matter as a solution to the problems I had experienced throughout my journey. A redemptive storyteller, I believe in living a meaningful life and I'm fond of poetry and traveling. 

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

Being an under-30 female educator in Nepal is tough because of the patriarchal nature of society. On top of that, Emotional Intelligence is a relatively new concept so it is hard to establish credibility for the work I’m doing in my home country. Being a part of HundrED will help me connect with likeminded educators from across the globe and cultivate meaningful collaborations that will help me in my mission back home.

How can education support students to flourish?

I believe that the purpose of education should be to empower individuals to live a meaningful life. In Nepalese context, individuals mostly take up college majors, marry, and/or pursue career paths based on what others are doing. Self-awareness can help us navigate choices in life, which I believe can only come from education. 

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation in education can help individuals dream big and learn skills and gather resources to make that dream a reality.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Talking Stickers- because as a language teacher myself earlier, I had struggled to help students improve their vocabularies. I feel this concept will help educators in classrooms.

Shadow a Student- because in my home country, Nepal, the emphasis is given only to toppers in class. That way, average and below average students are left out and blamed for performing poorly. This concept can help educators improve empathy and in perspective taking.

Dream Life Skills Assessment Scale- because I can relate my country’s education context with India. I feel this assessment tool can be replicated as a result of which the impact can be wider.

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

Changing Stories Nepal- they conduct remedial after-school programs to help underperforming public school students by training high school and undergraduate students through a transformative fellowship program.

The Revolution Project (Nepal)- they connect a company’s CSR with initiatives in education, health, and environmental sustainability.

Collaborative Schools Network Nepal- they take over administration of underperforming public schools and try to reform the schools through innovations in teaching, learning, and administration.