Ego Integrity: 2/8 Who guided YOU when you needed it?


This is the second in a series of eight “old age” reflections on this period of my life. (The process and place of such reflections is described in the final paragraph.) It conjures up the words, friendship, education, humility, mentor, professional. Some became personal values, others signposted a new direction to my life. I hope … Continue reading Ego Integrity: 2/8 Who guided YOU when you needed it?

Picture behind the story #3 A broken sandal in Kathmandu


A personal PhotoChallenge matching a story to a photo every day for 30 days with short tales of travel, mountaineering, Nepal, art, and a few personal ones too! 3. A broken sandal in KathmanduIt was Dr C’s first return to her home in Kathmandu for 15 years! She was the first woman from Nepal to … Continue reading Picture behind the story #3 A broken sandal in Kathmandu

Is this the worst example of virtue signalling from Nepal?


Nepal has one of the worst education records in the world, poor infrastructure, an outmoded curriculum, incompetent and politicised teachers, virtually no classroom resources, hopeless school management, and parent communities who see little or no benefit in sending children to school. Factually, one third of a million children are “out of school”, {313,289}, and around … Continue reading Is this the worst example of virtue signalling from Nepal?

Only the educated are free …… so stop moaning!


Epictetus, the Stoic philosopher, has always been a favourite of mine alongside Epicurus and Socrates. One of his lasting pronouncements was “Only the educated are free”, a phrase we originally used as the motto of our new primary education charity in Nepal back in 2007. We chose to set up an education based aid organisation … Continue reading Only the educated are free …… so stop moaning!

Kathmandu: New school marks the end of a UK charity.


A new school is opened in Kathmandu for some of the poorest and most deprived children in Nepal, too often ignored by their own government and with parents who rightly place “survival ahead of education “. Nepal Schools Aid (UK) takes their final steps towards leaving Nepal and closure after 10 years of achieving something the Nepal government neither understands nor cares about ...... raising the standard of education in 200 schools!