One Child at a Time: A Teacher’s Mission to Change the Hearts and Minds of Nepalis

Posted on Posted in Asia, Education, Nepal, Primates

Almost a third of Nepal’s human population lives in the Kathmandu Valley. There, the transformation of human dominated landscape has been pervasive, leaving few natural spaces for wildlife to flourish. The destruction and fragmentation of forest habitat has forced species like macaques and langurs to venture into human settlements in search for food. Like most developing countries, Nepal has a serious issue with waste management. Rhesus macaques, especially, being omnivores, are attracted to garbage; and as a result, they frequently come into contact with humans. Not surprisingly most people in Kathmandu have negative opinions about monkeys because they are considered to be pests. After seeing what the people were doing to the monkeys – capturing, torturing, even killing them outright  Mr. Bishwanath Rijal, a secondary school biology teacher, has decided to change the attitudes and behaviors of Nepali, one child at a time. LVDI International is proud to support Mr. Rijal’s work in educating Kathmandu children about nature, primates and other wildlife species.

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