PresidentUm Bahadur Paija Pun
Um was a founding member of LEARN along with his close friend Krishna Pun. He moved many years ago from their home village of Paudwar to Kathmandu where he runs a trading enterprise.
Program Manager Meen Shahi
Meen joined LEARN in January 2018 in the role of Program Director, having spent the past ten years with REED Nepal, initially as Senior Trainer and culminating as District Coordinator. In that role he was actively engaged in program development, implementation and management, monitoring and knowledge management, coordination, collaboration and networking with government and other entities. Meen has Bachelors degrees from Kailali Multiple Campus in far Eastern Nepal and from Tribhuvan University, and Masters degrees from Mahendra Ratna Campus and Tribhuvan University. He has participated in innumerable training programs and workshops.
Gyan Bahadur Pun
Gyan was born in Paudwar and attended the village school. After two years teacher training in Pokhara he returned as a teacher, and after another three years, at age 21, was appointed head teacher of the 3-teacher school. He retired from the post in 2002, having served for 33 years.
Gyan's contributions to the Paudwar school are unmeasurable. He was influential in getting girls to attend the school, in the introduction of new subjects such as Computer Science, and in progressively extending the schools range from primary schooling to teaching up to Year 10.
Gyan has retired with his wife to Pokhara where they can be closer to health services.
CEO Krishna Bahadur Pun
Krishna, born in Paudwar and educated at Paudwar Primary School and Ghara Secondary School, qulified with a Bachelors degree and then returned to Paudwar as a teacher, succeeding to the position of Headmaster when Gyan Pun retired in 2002. This was at a time of extreme political unrest which in 2004 forced him to leave the village with his family and move to Kathmandu.
Conditions there were tough, with the loss of his teaching salary and much higher living costs. Krishna and his wife Sita concluded that the only solution was for Sita to take a five year contract as a nanny in Israel where she is still working, leaving Krishna to look after daughter Krishita and son Sharad.
In 2008 Krishna returned to Paudwar in the role of Development Coordinator, sponsored by the Nepali Village Initiatives Project. In 2014 he was appointed foundation CEO of LEARN.
Chief Training Officer
As Chief Training Officer, Gopal has experience in teacher training and secondary teaching, as well as loads of enthusiasm to foster quality education in Nepal.
Finance and Administration Officer
Urmila joined LEARN in 2017. She graduated BBA, MBA and is an enthusiastic addition to the LEARN team.
Kailash joined LEARN from REED as our first Chief Training Officer. Since moving to a permanent position with the Department of Education he has continued with us as Consultant and Director of LEARN.