Change Makers ライ&ジョシ

2011 年 APS 卒業のネパール出身のライさん(Sharad Chandra Rai)と、 ジョシさん(Dinesh Prasad Joshi)のお二人は別々の農 村地域出身でしたが、ネパール政府の奨学金によりカトマンズにある優秀なボーディングスクールで共に学ぶ機会を得 た後 APU に入学されました。「ネパールの全ての子供達に等しく学ぶ機会を」という願いを形にするために、APU 卒業 後ライさんは東京大学、ジョシさんは国連大学の大学院に進学、現在東京で NPO 法人「You Me Nepal Trust (夢ネパール トラスト)」を立ち上げて、農村に小学校を建設したり、既存の学校への教育支援を行うなどの活動をしています。「貧 しい農村に生まれましたが、国の奨学金で高校に行き、APU の奨学金で日本に留学することができました。今度は自分 達が国の子供達への教育支援を通して恩返しする番です」 「自分のため、ではなく自分を必要とする人のために生きたいと思います」と明るく語るお 2 人が始めた活動は、多く の人々の共感を呼び、着実に実をむすびはじめています。「目先のこと」「自分のこと」「お金のこと」ではない新しい時 代を開く価値観によって、願いを形にするために頑張っている校友達をこれからもぜひ応援したいと思います。

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Sharad Chandra Rai (APS 2011) and Dinesh Prasad Joshi (APS 2011) were born in different villages in Nepal. They were brought together by a scholarship offered by the government of Nepal to study at a prestigious school in Kathmandu. Their journey together continued when they enrolled as students in APU. Upon graduation, they continued in pursuit of their dream to provide equal education to students in Nepal. Towards this end, they both decided to pursue further education, Sharad going to Tokyo University and Joshi to the United Nations University. They joined forces to create the NPO “You Me Nepal Trust”, whose activities include building schools in rural villages and offering learning support to school-going children among other projects. Asked about their motivation, the two replied, “We were born in disadvantaged villages but thanks to the government’s scholarship programs, we were able to attend high school. Thanks to the kindness of APU in offering us scholarships, we were able to study overseas. Now it is our turn to return the favor and use education as a tool to give back to the children of Nepal”. Their efforts have garnered great support from many individuals and groups, and is gaining momentum. We hope to continue supporting graduates who continue to commit themselves to improve society and build a better future for coming generations.

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