How long have you been working for this institution?
I’ve been working here right from the start. Mrs. Bidya Limbu and I together founded Little Angels’ in 1981 and I’ve completed thirty-two wonderful years as the founder principal here.

 

The future of Nepal literally rests on your shoulders; what does that mean to you? How big of a responsibility is it?
As human resource is undoubtedly the most essential prerequisite for a country’s development and education is what builds strong and able human resource, it is a very big responsibility to work in the field of education. We are in charge of the minds that will create better ideas for our country. These children, we educate, will prove to be the greatest assets, and their knowledge will be more powerful than any amount of physical strength.

 

How hectic is your job? What is your daily routine?
When we were laying out the foundations of this institution, I used to work about eighteen hours every single day. It was a tiring job but a fulfilling one, too. I maintained that schedule for nearly twenty-five years.


Now, however, I’m handing out the responsibility to the second generation…the teachers. Yet, I still have to handle 12 hours of work daily, from 9 am to 9 pm most of the time. And then, as I have other duties as the chairman and senior advisor of Higher Secondary Schools Association Nepal (HISSAN), yes, my job is pretty hectic.

 

How often do you interact with your students?
I used to meet my students a lot till some years back but now I’ve stepped back. These days the vice-principals, teachers and counselors do most of the meetings with the children. However, I still meet my students at times, especially the seniors for counseling and motivation. I talk to them about their studies and their life, listen to their problems, share my ideas and struggles and take their opinion as well.

 

Where do you think Nepali schools stand compared to international institutions?
I wouldn’t say all of our schools are in a position to compete with international ones because there is a lot left to improve, in terms of curriculum, teaching methods, infrastructure and more. However, there are indeed some institutions that are of the international level.

 

Do you think schools in Nepal are shaping children into intelligent citizens that the future needs, and perhaps deserves?
Well, not all of them but a few are trying. The focus is slowly shifting; from rote-based learning to better creativity-based, child-centered and activity-oriented concepts of teaching and learning. The entire vision, mission and dimension of the Nepali education system are changing and if this keeps up, then definitely, the future will be in good hands.

 

With modern technology at its best and expectations getting higher by the day, do you think it is more difficult or easier to be a student these days?
They have it easier. Today’s kids have moved on from blackboards to whiteboards to touch-boards. They have internet access and all the information they need. But they also face more challenges and competition.

 

How were you when you were younger? Were you very different from your students?
I was a very hard-working student. I used to be ranked within the top ten and helped in household chores. I used to be scared of my teachers but respected them as well.
But that was all 40- 45 years ago. Students these days don’t work as hard, perhaps because life is easier for them. They have less respect for their elders, lack in values and have little regard for our culture.

 

What inspired you to found Little Angels’ School?
Honestly speaking, I was motivated to starting Little Angels’ because I wanted to open an educational institution that would be independent, unique and influential. Back then, there weren’t many private schools or investors in the educational sector but I figured that if I were to be one the pioneers, I could make way for a stronger education system in Nepal, help produce sharper minds and leave something to be remembered by.


My inspirations have come from international exposure. I travel a lot and learn from other countries. Then I try to bring those ideas here and incorporate them.

 

Since you are the “head of school”, a leader, what qualities do you suppose should a leader possess?
A leader must have a vision and mission. They should be far-sighted; able to lay out well-thought out plans with a clear concept in mind at all times but never afraid to take risks. Every leader needs to be capable of creating a good team, a trustworthy environment and working in exemplary ways to earn, instead of demand, respect. A good imagination is another essential quality for a leader.

 

Lastly, what has been your proudest and fondest moment, so far, as the head of Little Angels’ School?
After working so many years here, I have a lot of good moments to look back to. But for me, every time a student of this school achieves success, does something commendable and makes something out of himself or herself, I feel proud. Their accomplishments make me satisfied and those make my fondest moments.