“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
Katmandu is not particularly known for its night-time views. If anything at all, it would be for its hushed darkness and crying crows. The conversation that follows shares, not only the educational sounds of Nepal, but also the sounds you may hear in certain quarters of this sprawling capital.
I was privileged enough to have first met Ravi at his office in Katmandu, before visiting other regions of Nepal. Still brimming with the energy of a happy academic year which had just ended, I listened quietly to Ravi. However, at that moment in time, I still did not have the necessary points of reference to fully understand him. Problems were meant to be solved. Solutions were always at hand. There were always options to introduce. Or so I thought.
Some issues did puzzle me; but I had not seen enough nor experienced enough, first hand to fully understand.
On returning to Katmandu, Ravi graciously agreed to do an interview with me. I tried linking up online, so to save him time and the distance to my location. However, there were technical glitches and in the end, we recorded our talk. Even to sit and talk a while, was a challenge – we had to walk about, looking for a quiet location where we would not be disturbed and where the recording would have good sound quality.
In the end, we sat outside, besides a swimming pool. You may here other sounds of life surrounding us; they are sounds of life.
Rabi Karmacharya, was born and raised in his native Nepal. Having won the opportunity to join a youth meeting in Canada was the beginning of a new way of life for him. He later took his degrees in the USA and shortly after graduating from his master’s, he got a job in Silicon Valley.
Living in the fast lane, earning well, holding a dream job in the world’s most sought location for high tech, would be sufficient for any young professional, anywhere in the world. Rabi used his time perfecting his tech skills, loved what he did, but as he looked beyond his shoulders and observed how his peers were living, something struck him: was he going to spend the rest of his life working hard in order to buy a bigger car, a bigger house, a bigger, better whatever?
It was at that point in time that he looked deep inside himself and decided to return to Nepal. Life had to have more substance, more meaning to him.
And so Rabi began another chapter in his life. Against everyone’s opinion, he set up a tech company which became successful in a short span of time. At the height of his company’s success, again Rabi was left hollow, still restless, still looking for meanings.
He left the company and gave the managing position to another Nepalese who, having completed his degree, had returned from the States. Already one can see how Rabi is a mover and shaker when it comes to social change, for in Nepal (or in many other places for that matter), one does not easily step down from a CEO position to pass it on to another who can continue implementing change.
Vision, belief and energy are words easily related to Rabi. Having experienced education both in Nepal and in the USA, he decided to open another company. A different kind of company.
OLE Nepal is an organisation focused on education and technology. Not any kind of NGO, but one which refuses to pay bribes to officials in order to get things done. No simple task in Nepal. From teacher training to implementing ICT in Education – in a nation where roads are scarce, electricity regularly rationed and teachers absent, OLE Nepal has come a long way, opening centres and projects throughout the whole country.
Thank you Rabi for your time, insights and sharing your passion of quality and change in society education!
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