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Q&A: Meet language, education and development expert Pushker Kadel

Pushker Kadel, a development specialist from Nepal, in an embroidered hat with the word "Nepal" on it.

Language, education and development expert Pushker Kadel. Photo provided by Pushker Kadel.

Following last year's successful social media campaign celebrating linguistic diversity online throughout Asia, the collaborative project is continuing in 2020. Every week, a different language activist and advocate will be taking turns managing the @AsiaLangsOnline Twitter account to share their experiences, best practices, and lessons learned from their revitalization work promoting the use of their native languages, with a special focus on the role of the internet. This campaign is a collaboration between Rising Voices, the Digital Empowerment Foundation, and the O Foundation.

Each week, the upcoming host will answer several questions about their background and give a brief overview of their language. This Q&A is with Pushker Kadel (@KadelPushker) who will provide a sneak preview of what he will be discussing during his week as host.

Rising Voices (RV): Please tell us about yourself.

Pushker Kadel (PK): I am a language, education and development practitioner involved in implementing language and education-based development activities. I spent about two and half decades on these issues in Nepal.

These days I am not directly involved in any organizations but I help organizations and individuals as per their request as a facilitator and trainer. I also provide consultation services to design language, education and development projects.

Before that, I was directly involved with two language groups: Dangaura Tharu and Limbu in West and East Nepal respectively.

RV: What topics do you plan to focus on during the week that you’ll manage the @AsiaLangsOnline Twitter account?

PK: I'm planning to discuss education philosophy, objectives and policy for the nation.

RV: What are the main motivations for your activism ? What are your hopes and dreams for language and education policy in Nepal?

PK: My main motivation is to create a level of awareness among the key stakeholders, which will help to reform the education system to provide quality education for all.

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