Sona, UWS Wana School, Nepal

Sona* is 10 years old and is the fourth of six children in her family. The family depend on the $50 a month that Sona’s father earns as a farmer.  Sona used to walk two hours each way to her nearest government school. The long journey left her tired, meaning she struggled to participate in class and do her work. As a result, she performed poorly at school and was often absent. 

After the establishment of UWS Wana School, Sona’s family decided it would be best for her to move to Wana village, which is home to her mother’s side of the family. Sona has now been attending UWS Wana School for three years. During this time Sona has made significant progress where she is continuously at the top of her class and rarely misses a day of school. Not only is Sona enjoying learning in class, she also loves taking part in extracurricular activities and won ‘Player of the Year’ at sports week in December.

Sona’s parents are incredibly proud of her. After completing her primary and secondary education, Sona hopes to serve her community by becoming a doctor. In doing so, she also wishes to challenge the deeply entrenched views on gender in her community. Thanks to UWS Wana School, Sona has a very bright future in front of her. Attending school has given Sona the chance to improve her life through education.

*Name has been changed to protect identity

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