Vertical University, an education project in rural Nepal, was set up in 2015, with the aim of teaching students about nature and biodiversity.
Ganga Limbu (front) is a youth fellow for Vertical University. Since beginning work for the project three years ago, she has been trained in conservation, filming, computing and design.
Vertical University's curriculum is based on indigenous knowledge, and its professors are local farmers, herders and fisherman.
Some farmers teach the use of medicinal plants to the next generation. Here a farmer holds the medicinal plant ghodtapre, traditionally used to treat skin irritation.
Nepal's diverse habitats are home to a vast range of animals, from elephants and rhinos, to tigers and snow leopards.
Vertical University transports lessons outdoors, changing the concept of a classroom completely.
Vertical University aims to sensitize students to the environmental challenges surrounding them. They believe a direct, sensorial form of learning is more impactful and engaging than typical rote learning.
Outdoor classrooms are called "learning grounds," essentially micro-conservation hubs in varying climates and elevations.
So far, Vertical University has protected 300 acres of land in the form of 33 learning grounds. This benefits endangered species such as pangolins, snow leopards and red pandas.
Within the learning grounds, Vertical University aims to teach 195 place-based modules, such as the water cycle or wetland filtration.
A group of students take part in an exercise about forest interrelations in the Pragati Chowk learning ground, Yangshila.
Students learn about pangolins, a critically endangered sp