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
Sponsored Girls by Nepal Village Foundation UK
Sponsored Girls by Nepal Village Foundation UK

In the year ended 31st of May 2022, Nepal Village Foundation UK sponsored 73 (seventy-three) girls to retrieve a formal education in Nepal through the Girl’s Education Project. Thirty-one of them are in basic education, thirty-three in secondary education and nine in higher secondary. School attendance and passing grade are the key performance indicators of the project. According to that, the majority of the girl’s school attendance was satisfactory and they all passed their grade.

In total, we have fundraised £7,646 or $9,216 in the year and to keep the seventy-three girls in school for the whole year, we have expended £6,500 pounds or $7,835 dollars. That is an average of £89 or $107 per girl. Similarly, we have expended £176 or $202 on admin and £1,550 or $1,868 on monitoring the project. Even though expending on monitoring is part of direct project expenses, we keep it separate to know how much exactly we have expended on the girls only. Comparing these figures with others, a UK charity spends around 39% of its total income on admin and governance while we have only spent 2.3%.

We have always tried and will keep trying to spend most of the donations on supporting the girls in formal education and on other causes that are permitted by our legal documents. Also looking at the past few year’s account, our reserve pot is shrinking because of our commitment and decreasing levels of income.

Hence, this year we are making a special request to all our supporters and well-wishers to show your strong solidity to put Nepal Village Foundation UK back on the sustainable path.

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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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Nepal Village Foundation, UK

Location: London, England - United Kingdom
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Krit Sharma
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