Growing up in Nepal can be very challenging both at home and at school. Home life is often turbulent, with 82% of our students experiencing domestic abuse, 94% work up to 6 hours each day outside of school, sometimes in hazardous child labour. Some live or work nearly 4 hours walk away from school. It is not a surprise therefore that regular attendance is sometimes as low as 42%. In some areas of rural Nepal we have learned that Bicycles can make a massive impact supporting children into school.
Learning to ride a bike increases the social standing of children in rural communities, especially those from marginalised ethnic groups. Children learn to safely ride in our workshops, and then loan a bike to use to get to school every day. For 132 young riders, this has now halved journey times to school and contributed to attendance rising by 23% in 2016. Parents show increased interest in education, actively encouraging children into school, a first at Kushadevi. These wheels change lives.
Our previous similar projects show we can achieve magnificent results with our holistic approach, including Ride for Life: School attendance registers show an increase in Primary age attendance; on average up by 23.2% from 2014 to 2016, The girls drop-out rate has decreased from an average of 21.7% for over 12s, to 9% in 2016. 92% of students state that they feel more confident since participating in our project work and that they have improved access to education and increased self-esteem.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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