Sumon K. Tuladhar

Sumon is currently working as an Equity Specialist with British Council/ADB Nepal and is responsible for ensuring equity in the School Sector Development Plan of the government of Nepal.


Previously she worked as the Nepal Team Leader for the project “Youth and Uncertainty: Marginalised Young People's Strategies in Fragile and Conflict Affected Situations in Ethiopia and Nepal,” funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the Department for International Development (DFID) Poverty Fund. (2016 to 2019).


From 2014 to the present, she is also working as a coordinator/curator to establish an Udaaya Museum in Kathmandu, Nepal to preserve and promote Newar cultural heritage.


From 2000 to 2016 Sumon worked as an Education Specialist in Education Section of the UNICEF Nepal Country Office.  There she was mainly responsible for policy advocacy on equity issues regarding gender, disability and others in educational policy and programs, especially school aged children who are in the school as well as those who are out of school.   Her work contributed to several UNICEF policy papers, including Girls’ Education Strategy Paper (2008), National Framework on Child Friendly School (2010) and Consolidated Equity Strategy Paper (2014).


Before joining UNICEF, Sumon worked as a Senior Education Research Officer in the Research Centre for Educational Innovation and Development under Tribhuvan University from 1980-2000.  In1978-1979 she taught at the Mahendra Ratna Campus.


Earlier, Sumon wrote articles on educational issues, cultural issues and Buddhist education in three languages – Nepal Bhasha, Nepali and English for the local papers and national journals. One of her major publications The Out-of-School Children’s programme in Nepal: an analysis was published in 2004 by International Institute for Educational Planning, UNESCO.


She is also an advisor to education related NGOs and the Buddhist Study Circle in Nepal. [2-21]


In September 2021 Sumon participated in a workshop as part of a celebration of the Paulo Freire centenary held at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.  She made a presentation on Buddha’s Education and Paulo Freire’s Liberal Education.  She said “This event made me go back to my nostalgic feelings while I was in CIE. I felt myself very lucky to be in CIE and also I felt very proud that I met with Paulo Freire when I was there.” [9-21]




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