A Rural School
Education in Rural Nepal
In Nepal, there are numerous barriers to a child successfully completing secondary school. Only 70% of children even start primary school. Many do not finish the 5th grade. Students must struggle with both financial and practical obstacles to finishing school.
Financially, many families can’t afford the school fee, which is modest by the standards of developed countries, let alone the cost of books and uniforms. The Nepal Youth Foundation has supported hundreds of students so they can receive an education. During the reporting period, NYF supported 43 rural students (29 male, 19 female) by providing them with scholarships.
NYF’s field workers regularly check on the children and observe how the schools are functioning. They walk the mountain paths of isolated rural areas, stopping at village schools to survey the situation and discuss any problems with the headmasters and students.
The Nepal Youth Foundation supports children until they can support themselves. After they graduate from high school, the organization provides them with college scholarships or vocational training. Nearly 300 children have received life-changing opportunities since this program started.
Many students face challenges just getting to the classroom. While life is difficult everywhere in Nepal, it is especially challenging in Western Nepal, a rugged and remote region. Many villages lack roads. Children must walk for hours on dirt paths to reach school. Some must walk for over 20 miles. Aside from the rough terrain and poor footpaths, some girls do not feel safe after dark and must actually run to reach home before sundown. These challenges contribute to the high dropout rate in Nepal.
To help students attend and complete secondary school, NYF is constructing two dormitories – one for girls and another for boys. Each will provide 24 students from distant villages a place to stay so they can focus on studying, not traveling to and from school. Teachers will also live at the dormitories to ensure the children’s safety.