Prior to becoming the Co-Founder and CEO of Teach for Nepal, Shisir Khanal worked as the Executive Director of Sarvodaya USA, a Madison, Wisconsin-based non-profit organization that supports grassroots social movements around the world. As Executive Director, Shisir managed the operations, programs, donor relations, communications and fundraising efforts for Sarvodaya USA. The initiative has strong roots in Sri Lanka, and in 2008, Shisir established Sarvodaya Nepal. In 2010, he led a Facebook-based campaign to win $100,000 to construct a green school building for the Jyotidaya Cooperative School in Nepal. Prior to working at Sarvodaya USA, Shisir was a Research Assistant at Robert M. La Follette School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, interned with the United Nations Development Program in Nepal, and worked at the Connecticut General Assembly. He completed his Master’s degree in International Public Affairs (MIPA) in 2005 from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2012, the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association awarded Shisir with the “Forty Under 40” Award for his outstanding work in sustainable development.
Building strong relationships with parents and communities takes time, and it can be difficult to prioritize. In this session, Shisir Kanal, CEO of Teach for Nepal, Barbara Ala'alatoa, principal of Sylvia Park Primary School in Auckland, and Nedgine Paul, CEO of Anseye Pou Ayiti (Teach For Haiti), will explain in concrete terms how they developed effective partnerships with parents and communities and the positive impact of those relationships.
The students in the schools and communities where we work are currently on predictable paths to adult lives of relatively limited choice and opportunity. Our programs exist because we don’t think that’s OK. But what exactly do we want for our students instead? And who should be included in making that decision? This will be a practical session in which participants learn from network leaders about how to create, use, and evolve visions for our students’ futures that are inclusive of their contexts, families, and communities.
Continuing the tradition we began last year in Mexico, we’ll spend a fast-paced hour learning about some of the breakthroughs that network partners have pioneered this year.
Host: Dzameer Dzulkifli