Sushan Acharya

For the last 20 years Sushan has been a faculty member at Central Department of Education, Tribhuvan University (TU) in Kathmandu Nepal. Besides teaching she is engaged in several different research and innovative projects.  Sushan was a core member of a recently completed 7 year-long NORHED funded joint project between Tribhuvan, Kathmandu, and Oslo Metropolitan universities on innovations and challenges in Nepali teacher education. A book Innovative Technologies and Pedagogical Shifts in Nepalese Higher Education published by BRILL was a result of the project in which Sushan has co-authored one chapter.


Currently Sushan is working as a core team member in a FINNIDA-funded project between the Open and Distance Education Center at TU, the Nepal Open University, the JAMK University Finland, and HAMK University Finland on Developing Pedagogy for 21st Century Skills in Nepal.


The University of East Anglia (UEA), the UNESCO Chair, along with university partners in Ethiopia, Philippines, Malawi and Nepal is piloting action-oriented research on family literacy and indigenous learning in diverse contexts in the four partner countries.


Sushan is leading the Nepal component of this project. The research part of the project was almost completed, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic other activities were paused temporarily. They have now resumed and will be completed by the end of 2021.   Fortunately, Prof. Anna Robinson-Pant, the UNESCO Chair coordinator of UEA, and Sushan did the field work in one of the research sites/communities just before the lock down began.  


She is also a core team member of a joint project, Generating and mobilizing innovative knowledge for regional education challenges, funded by IDRC under the Global Partnership in Education. The Institute of Education and Research (IER), University of Dhaka is the lead with University partners in Bhutan, East Timor and Vietnam.


Another Global Challenges Research Fund grant for a project based on critical health literacy and Covid-19 for the same UNESCO Chair consortium has recently been approved and Sushan has started planning with the CERID team.  Sushan has also been serving as a member of several higher-level, national education committees formed by the government of Nepal on several occasions. [2-21]


In December 2021, Sushan delivered the 19th annual Nepal Lecture, organized by the Britain-Nepal Academic Council in collaboration with the SOAS South Asian Institute.  Her talk was titled: “We didn’t get to study so we learned to weave”: Women, indigenous learning and functional literacy in Nepal. Her paper challenges the dominant deficit model of adult literacy and learning, arguing that women’s literacy and non-formal education initiatives in Nepal have disregarded women’s knowledge and their ability to engage in intergenerational knowledge and skill transfer.[12-21]




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