Education  Nepal Project #13972

The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal

by Nepal Village Foundation, UK
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
The Girls Education Project in Rural Nepal
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Twenty-one new girls have been added to our education scheme in the last month through the Girls’ Education Project in Nepal. Despite the challenges in fundraising due to the coronavirus pandemic, adding more new girls to the scheme is a great achievement. We do not doubt that our supporters are generous and caring even in a difficult time and, that is why we have been able to sponsor more and more girls ever since we started the project.

Eleven of the twenty-one girls are in class seven, three in class eight, and seven in class nine. As of this year, our commitment for girls in class seven will be for six years. Similarly, there will be five years of commitment for class eight girls and four years for class nine. By the end of the commitment, the girls will have completed their higher secondary schooling.

In the first year of commitment, we provide a bicycle along with all other necessary study materials that they need according to their curriculum. We provide the study materials as well as school admission, exam fees, and tuition fees for girls in higher secondary school every year on regular basis. The study materials are including of notebooks, books, pens, pencils, a school bag, a geometry box, a calculator, graph paper, and an umbrella or a raincoat.

Currently, there are eighty-two girls in the education scheme include of the new girls and they are in classes five to twelve (age between eleven to eighteen). Sponsoring cost of the eighty-two girls for the next year is £6,080 or $7,300. That is £507 or $608 per month. A regular donation of £68 per month is already coming in through GlobalGiving and if only a few more donors show their kindness to raise £439 more a month then it will be sufficient to cover the cost of sponsorship for the year.

Please sponsor a girl today by donating as little as £10 a month. These girls in the scheme do need your support so they can finish their schooling.   

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Girls completed Higher Secondary Education
Girls completed Higher Secondary Education

We have begun the Girls’ Education Project in Nepal in 2009 and, since then we are noticing many changes in the education system of Nepal. Previously, the formal education system in Nepal was categorised as primary education (pupils aged between 5 and 13 years old), secondary education (pupils aged between 14 to 16 years old) and then colleges/universities. Later, it changed to pre-primary education (pupils aged between 5 to 10 years old), primary education, secondary education and then colleges/universities.

Now the schooling years has been extended until 18 years old and the additional two years of schooling is categorised as higher secondary schooling then the colleges/universities start. The higher secondary schooling is also known as ‘+2’. Until most recently, the +2 was taught by colleges and universities but now the Nepalese education authority has made provision to teach the +2 in community schools. Some community schools have already started to teach the +2 curriculum and some are in the process of developing an appropriate infrastructure to teach the curriculum.

The colleges/universities are also, still teaching the +2 but will they allow to teach the curriculum in the near future or not is not clean at the moment. From the quality of education perspective, no doubt that private colleges are providing a better quality of education than community schools. But private colleges are far more expensive than community schools. Few community schools have started to teach a new version of extended curriculum to improve the quality of education and the result is praising. Many parents are transferring their kids to community schools from private ones. However, the new version of extended teaching will take years to reach in the rural area of Nepal.

So, the changing landscape of the education system in Nepal has both a good side and a bad side. The good side is that the education will be affordable for the most so more pupils will continue their education until the age of eighteen because a community school is nearer to their home. I guess the bad side is that the quality of education will be compromised unless the new version of the extended curriculum is introduced as quickly as possible.

Finally, the changes have made us to rethink and plan our commitment for the girls. As the schooling age has been extended by two years, our sponsorship scheme also has to be extended and extending it costs more. Now, sponsoring a girl in basic education costs £60 or $80 per year. Similarly, in secondary education costs £80 or $107 and in higher secondary education £240 or $320. Please sponsor a girl today if you can by making a regular monthly, quarterly or yearly donation. Your support is much appreciated.

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Mask Distribution to girls in the scheme
Mask Distribution to girls in the scheme

Despite the increasing number of coronavirus cases in Nepal, the local community schools, as well as the private schools, are now reopening with precautions. Wearing a mask is compulsory in the classroom so we have provided a packet of the mask to all the girls in the scheme. Now, we are also hearing about the third variant of coronavirus so If we are safe from that then life in villages will return to normal slowly. Vaccination against the virus is also becoming available slowly in the villages but many people do not have faith in it.

As mentioned in the last progress report, we are sponsoring seventy-three girls studying in classes five to twelve and, they are from Bhagawatpur, Majhaura, Dhikuli, Mahadewa, Durgapur, Kajoli, Chakala, Ekbarpur and Bathanaha villages of Mahadewa Municipality, Saptari Nepal. Three of them are new girls, nineteen of them completed secondary schooling and three of them abandoned the scheme. So now, we are left with fifty-one girls in the scheme. 

There are ten villages in Mahadewa municipality and currently, we are working with nine. At least eleven qualifying applications have been received from the village where we are currently not working. Hence, from this year we are planning to extend our sponsorship scheme to the remained village called ‘Pakari’. We have the manpower, it is within our reach and the villagers are also being very supportive and helpful to us in the project.  We aim to sponsor at least twenty-one new girls from this year, eleven from Pakari and ten from the other nine villages. Our commitment for the new girls will be from two to four years depending on their age and class.

The process to select the girls is in the progress. The process involves, visiting the girl’s family, taking an entrance exam and briefing them about the conditions of the sponsorship scheme. We are hopeful that the process will be completed within a month or two. Once the process is completed, we will provide a new bicycle, books, stationery and all other necessary stuff so that they have the full potential to do their best in schooling with the new opportunity.

During the lockdown and school closure, we have been providing a private tuition class to all the girls in the scheme. I believed it was a necessary action to take to keep the girls in the scheme. Otherwise, many girls would have abandoned the education or would have made no progress in the line with other pupils in their class. On average, we have paid Rs. 500 per girl per month. No doubt, it has cost lots of money. However, we have managed it by cutting a little bit of the budget from the other project activities.

Finally, Coronavirus have caused significant problems even at the village levels and, many of us have suffered from mild to severe symptoms. However, there isn’t any loss because of the coronavirus in the villages we are working in. We are also safe, so is our girls and their family. Amongst all, coronavirus has taught everyone how to wash hands properly and eat better to boost their immune system. This definitely will also help them to prevent other preventable diseases.

The cost of sponsoring the girls is increasing every year and many more girls need the support. Therefore, please donate whatever you can afford and/or increase your donation amount if you can afford it. Your donation is the only way to keep the girls in education and education is the most basic right of every child in the world.

$10 a month keeps a girl in secondary education for a year

$30 a month keeps a girl in higher secondary education for a year.

$1600 pays the salary of one staff for a year who monitor girls in the scheme.

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Girls’ education has been ignored in Nepal, particularly in rural areas. The main reasons are cultural traditions, an unsuitable schooling environment and financial problems. NVF raises awareness about the importance of girls’ education through the project and provides financial support to girls from the poorest of the poor and Dalit families to enable them to receive a formal education. The support includes all the study materials such as books, notebooks, pens, and pencils as well as a bicycle, extra tuition classes and exams fee and the support.

In this year, we have supported seventy-three girls studying in class five to twelve from Bhagawatpur, Majhaura, Dhikuli, Mahadewa, Durgapur, Kajoli, Chakala, Ekbarpur and Bathanaha villages of Mahadeva Municipality, Saptari Nepal. We have extended the support to three new girls this year and nineteen girls have left the scheme. Ten of the nineteen girls didn’t want to study higher education, six of the girls completed their higher education and three of them have left the scheme without completing their study. The three girls were forced by their parents and, now they are married and have a baby. We are grateful to hear that they are safe and their baby

However, most of the girls in the scheme are now teenagers which were very rare at the time when the project was started in 2009. It took twelve years to see that many teenager’s girls in the education from the community. This is a huge achievement and everyone associated with the project should feel proud. Lastly, even in the Coronavirus Pandemic we urge our supporters to keep donating to the project whatever amount is affordable because this is the only way we can continue our support to the need girls in rural Nepal.

Stay safe, keep fighting the Coronavirus and let’s end the pandemic.   

 Stay safe and fight the pandemic 


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Educational Gathering
Educational Gathering

Despite the fear of the coronavirus, people in rural Nepal have been living almost a normal life for the last few months. But as the virus started to spread faster again in India, Nepalese people are now alarmed, especially along the border side. We will have to take extra caution to avoid contamination because the border is only a few kilometres away and it is not well managed.

As life was normal in the last few months, we have achieved a lot. All our girls in the scheme restarted their schooling, the girls are in the higher secondary schooling taken their exams and they have the results as well. Sixty-two of the girls have received private tuition classes in the last few months and thirty-five are still receiving them. We also took three more new girls in the scheme that we supposed to take before the lockdown. In total, we spent £680 to provide the private tuition classes in this quarter. 

The six girls who were in the final year of higher secondary schooling took the final exam and five of them passed all the subjects. Renu is the sixth girls who failed in one subject and she will have to re-take the subject’s exam in the coming year. Similarly, the five girls in the 1st year of higher secondary schooling also took their exam and two of them passed all the subjects and three failed one subject each. The three girls will also have to re-take the exam.

Even though failing a subject or two is not good on their performance certificate, it is not the end of the world. Pupils with a poorer educational background do fail and they get a couple of times the opportunity to re-take the exam. Plus, this year the corona pandemic caused significant inconvenience in their schooling so I am not surprised.

Regardless of all the challenges, we provided sufficient study support materials to every girl in the scheme. In the quarter, we provided 76 school bags, 1280 notebooks, 490 pens, 25 calculators and 25 geometry toolbox. The school attendance of the girls is also satisfactory in the quarter.

Finally, as this curriculum year coming towards the end, the girls in basic and secondary schooling will have to take the final exam. So, we are currently busy in the preparation.

We wish a very happy Holi (the festival of colour) to everyone around the globe. May this Holi brings many colourful moments to everyone’s life.

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Nepal Village Foundation, UK

Location: London, England - United Kingdom
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Krit Sharma
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