In February of 2015 I visited Kathmandu for the second time in my life, this time in a professional capacity, and had a great experience hosted by the good people of NELTA. Amongst them, Dr. Laxman Gnawali, who I present here. Dr. Gnawali has contributed a great deal to the success of NELTA over the last few years, helping it become a model for other national teaching associations. Nepal has its challenges, but I met many, many wonderful people who had gathered from across the country to share ideas and enthusiasm. My overwhelming impression from my visit was that of burgeoning self-confidence and pride in the achievements of the association and its members.
In this spirit, after the terrible earthquake of April 2015, I’d like to encourage you all to support NELTA and its affiliates in trying to help those who need it most.
At the time of writing, the activities of The Jai Nepal Youth Group (a group of Kathmandu University graduates and other professional volunteers) had slowed down, but they are worth checking with. One of the organisers, Umes Shrestha, was interviewed as IH scholar at the IATEFL conference in Manchester. NELTA itself is involved in relief work, and perhaps the best place to keep up to date with them is via Facebook. Other aid agencies are now on the ground and taking contributions.
There will be more to do after the dust has settled, so please continue to support Nepal and don’t let this story just fade away out of international sight.