The AJALA Project brings to you our changemaker Dr. Sara Parker. She’s a lecturer on Sociology at the Liverpool John Moores University. Through her social enterprise, Fair Connections Foundation, she aims to be “Lami”, aka a facilitator to help bring positive change in the area of education and gender equality in Nepal and Bangladesh. She strongly believes that quality education is the foundation of sustainable development.
Often in the most remote and secluded regions of the world, there are people who are extremely excited to learn, yet deprived by the lack of resources or curtailed in the shadows of taboo. Dr. Parker, through her Fair-Connections Foundation aims to bring quality education to the people of Nepal. She’s committed to the cause and actively uses her knowledge with local participants such that all developments are a shared responsibility.
Dr. Parker’s doctorate was based on Women’s Literacy project that she helped to facilitate which had tremendous impact on the literacy classes led by local woman on the lives of women in rural villages of Nepal. Her community photography project led to a coffee table book called “Our Village Our Life: Sikles in Canvas”. This book drew great interest to her cause and all the profits were channeled back into the development projects in Nepal.
Through her inclusive growth model, she empowers the locals, mostly the woman of the society to take up leadership roles and educate the children with proper aides. Dr. Parker writes stories and uses story puppets which are handcrafted by indigenous woman to teach English to children. She also takes time to carry out training programs for the local teachers to develop better teaching methods and create a sustainable environment.
In the last 30 years, Dr. Parker has visited Nepal almost every year to personally overlook the developments in the area of her contribution. She’s helped laid down the foundations for education available to women and children. Her educational materials in particular are developed to look at Nepal through they eyes of a mascot frog called Fairis, whose name means “To be Fair”
There is so much more to be done, and her journey to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (gender equality, quality education, reduced inequalities, stronger partnerships) has just begun. Dr. Parker is also passionate about photography and aims to share with the world her picturesque stories from Nepal.
After the earthquakes in 2015, Nepal is poised with real problems of developing infrastructure for education. The Government and NGO Communities are actively engaged in working hard to rebuild and repair buildings that have been lost due to the catastrophe. We, as responsible citizens of the world, need to come together and join hands in rebuilding the communities devastated by natural calamities. Let us come together and support Dr. Parker and Fair-Connections Foundation in there noble cause to ensure quality education reaches the classrooms of Nepal.
“So much more can be done together — as long as connections are based on respect, genuine participation and a commitment to autonomous development. My experiences in Nepal over the past 30 years has taught me so much — and shown me that local people are best placed to define and implement projects to bring positive change in their own communities.
I’ve also seen first hand the positive impact that connections between communities and organizations and like minded individuals can bring.”