Opinions about the Sapana School


The approach adopted by Sapana School is a model for the Nepal government, other schools and parents.

Meenakshi Dahal


Children need an education where they can learn what they want, evaluate themselves and be able to connect school with the community.

Ratan P.Devkota


Grateful to the teachers, management and the children themselves in making the school a model of unique educational system.

Mr. Sajan R.Bhandari

Meenakshi Dahal

Meenakshi Dahal (PhD) is a well known person, in both Nepal as international, in the field of education of the 21st Century and child centered education. She has worked as an early child development expert and child rights advocates for the past eighteen years. Her research interests focus on early reading, child rights, child development, instructional design and quality of education. She is a trainer, a researcher, a presenter and a teacher. She has involved in designing policies, strategies, guidelines, programs, training packages and resource books / materials on ECCD, child rights, basic education focusing on girls’ enrollment and inclusiveness in ECED centers and schools. She has carried out a number of research projects and presented about it in various national and international Seminars.


Ratan Devkota

Ratan Prasad Devkota (Master in Social Science and Mathematics, works now with Teach for Nepal TFN)

Ratan Devkota grew up in a peaceful village in Kalikot district of Karnali zone. Even though he didn’t want to, his parents admitted him to a public school which was an hour’s walking distance away from home. “I considered myself lucky as I had some friends who had to walk up to 4 hours daily to attend classes. Even though I performed well during my higher studies, I wasn’t a good student earlier. I preferred staying home to do the chores or taking our cattle for grazing instead of going to school. Reason: I didn’t like the teachers. They were very rude and thought that students can be taught only if they are threatened and scolded. I didn’t know how to write my own name in English properly even after being upgraded to Grade 5. The financial status of our family wasn’t good. So I never owned books, pens or a schoolbag.
My father, like many other men in the village left for India to work as a laborer. We got to meet each other after long intervals only. I left school and went to India to work. Working as a laborer was tough. Upon realizing the importance of education, after a month, I returned to Nepal. My attitude towards education had changed; I knew I had to study hard in order to succeed. I had joined another school and coming to this school I met a teacher who actually made sure that students enjoyed learning and attended classes regularly.”

His interests in journalism led him to work in a radio station. Also he taught Math in a private school in Kathmandu. But it were not the private schools he wants to work in. “I want to help children, who, like me have to struggle to study because they don’t get proper mentorship. I want to reach out to the children in rural areas and help them with their studies. Not only that, I want to encourage my students to explore their creativity; be it music, poetry or art.”
Ratan in the mean time visited many schools throughout Nepal and has a strong vision on quality based student centered education of the 21st century.

Every child is unique and has immense potential.

On February 16th Meenakshi Dahal gave a lecture at the Sapana School. There were 50 visitors to listen to her speak about CHILD CENTERED EDUCATION. This is what she wrote after her visit and lecture bout the Sapana School:

"Children learn better when they are engaged in different activities and they can only do so when they are provided with necessary environment and opportunities. Sapana School’s child centered approach and support of children in their learning and development is highly appreciable. Every child is unique and has immense potential. Sapana School encourages the children to self-learn by providing learning materials, opportunities in a spacious classroom and a competency based self assessment. However, there is still a need to convince parents and stakeholders that learning can be done without textbooks and homework. Sapana School is doing praiseworthy work by providing training to parents and teachers to enhance their awareness and knowledge on early learning and development. The approach adopted by Sapana School is a model for the Nepal government, other schools and parents. I wish all the best for Sapana School."

Children need an education where they can learn what they want, evaluate themselves and be able to connect school with the community.

Ratan Devkota, educator and media person, visited the Sapana School in March 2020 interviewed all involved. We are happy to share his opinion on our school in Sauraha with you.

"Sapana School, a school where students play to learn life, where they learn to connect mind, heart and body, where they learn to feel the light, water, air and soil.
A common place to enhance creativity, social, psychological and emotional development of children irrespective of economic classes.
Every child is unique. So, why should we limit these children only with a particular method and tools of learning? Children need an education where they can learn what they want, evaluate themselves and be able to connect school with the community.
A school with child-centered and child-friendly environment is very hard to find in Nepal. The tradition of imposing and neglecting the children has become a tradition here.To break such traditions, thousands of Sapana Schools are needed to be built which strengthens foundation for the overall development of the child.
Only if a child gets the right environment and counseling from the pre-primary level onwards, we can find the competent citizen we are seeking for.
Sapana School is working hard from the ground level.
A culture where one can learn from the best and execute the learning to their practices is a must for which Sapana School is a good example, where one can learn and execute.
The Sapana School is not a profit based school, but rather focuses on synchronizing equality based education into the system where scholarships are given to the needy children."

Grateful to the teachers, management and the children themselves in making the school a model of unique educational system.

Comments of Sajan R. Bhandary, lawyer and member of the board of Sapana Village Social Impact (SVSI) about the Sapana School Kathmandu, 2020 March 6th 2020

" Sapana School, established in 2016, is the only institute in Chitwan, Sauraha area, specially catering also to the children of financially weak families. It provides unorthodox education to the young children free of cost, if the parents cannot afford to pay even the nominal fees. The teaching system is unique and unlike other normal schools, is not based entirely on textbooks only. Here the children are encouraged to be self confident and taught the basis norms of life and living.

The school has even special interaction work programs for all parents, once every two months in the school itself, so that they will realize the importance of education, outlook, hygienic living and even to some extent, the practical way of living of their children outside their homes. Sapana School is like an oasis in the desert when it comes to children’s school.

I wish the school progressive success year after year and am grateful to the teachers, management and the children themselves in making the school a model of unique educational system.


Mr. Sajan R. Bhandary                                                                Mr.Sajan R.Bhandari


Mr. Sajan R. Bhandary is a practicing lawyer and has been in the legal profession for more than four decades. He is currently associated with Kathmandu Legals as a partner in the legal firm and his forte and experience are mainly in the areas of Corporate Law, Corporate Affairs, Taxation, and Intellectual Property Rights, among others. He has been also held the position of Secretary of Amnesty International, Nepal Section from 1980 to 1983.

He is a board member of Sapana Village Social Impact, a non-profit non-governmental organization working the rural people in Central Nepal since the foundation of this NGO. He has also been a member of the Nepalese Team as a delegate to China on Constitutional Issue. He has travelled widely to countries namely, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Kenya, Sri Lanka and the Gulf countries.