Surya Karki '16 is transforming the school system in his home country of Nepal. Karki was awa...Surya Karki '16 is transforming the school system in his home country of Nepal. Karki was awarded the Young Sustainable Living Entrepreneurs Award by Prince Charles in 2013 and was honored as a Global Laureate Fellow by the International Youth Foundation in 2014.

The World Bank ranks Nepal as the globe’s 31st poorest country, with almost 10 million people living on daily incomes between £1.48 and £2.50. Many rural villages remain unreached by government schooling and adult literacy stood at just 60 percent in 2011.

Surya Karki and his charity United World Schools Nepal (UWS) are tackling high illiteracy and poverty rates by funding and improving education.

The first school opened in 2015 — since then 92 percent of children have completed primary education, which finishes at age eight, and continued into secondary education with UWS schools. In comparison to 39 percent of students continuing education who attended government schools.

Mr Karki was born into poverty in rural Nepal. Speaking to the Telegraph at the One Young World Summit he said: “School is the only solution to the poverty cycle that we live in.”

Karki’s mother was a firm believer in education, and at age eight Karki secured a scholarship to study in the capital, Kathmandu. From there he won a scholarship to College of the Atlantic in the United States and completed his masters degree at Schwarzman Scholars in China. He returned to Nepal in 2015 and decided to stay and develop the education system.

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