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
Kamala and Nabisha
Kamala and Nabisha

In the last report, we mentioned that two of the girls we support have completed the district level exam, which is a mid-term higher secondary school level exam in the Nepal education system. So, we decided to interview them to find out how they have achieved it. This report focuses on the interview.

Kamala and Nabisha are both from the poorest of the poor, and they are the youngest children of the family. No one in this family has been educated so these girls are their hope for the future. Their family’s expectations for them is enormous, and they will also be a leading example for many girls in the community. Kamala and Nabisha walk for one an hour and a half every day to go to school because there are very few higher secondary schools are in rural villages of Nepal. They have met all the requirements to pass the 8th grade and in a months time will participate in the 9th grade exam. This also means that they are only a year away from reaching to the final year of schooling if they pass this exam.

Kamala and Nabisha both are hopeful and are studying hard as the curriculum gets difficult towards the final year of schooling. Passing the final year exam is extremely hard because of the difficult curriculum and also the poor quality of teaching in the government schools, particularly in rural villages. This creates a demand for extra tuition classes, which generates an extra income for teachers and also increases the potential to pass the exam. The extra tuition class can be expensive and poor people cannot afford it. As a result, many pupils from poor families fail the exam and without it they cannot enter to any university, ending to their educational career.

Kamala and Nabisha both are keen to study further and now their future relies on us. Therefore our partner organisation (Hamro Samaj Nepal) is looking for a volunteer who can provide the extra tuition class for the girls. This also involves further financial commitment. If only one of our supporters gives £40 a month for a year then Kamala and Nabisha have a higher hope to pass the exam and progressing further in their education. The financial commitment for Kamala and Nabisha will start from April 2015.

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Girls' School Attendence Records
Girls' School Attendence Records

Dear Supporters,

We are pleased to inform and share with you the news that now we are financially supporting 100 girls to go to school. Two of the girls have passed their 8th grade which involves taking an exam at district level and one of them has reached the final year of her school life

Both the project assistant and the social warriors (outreach workers) are working even harder to ensure that the girls go to school regularly. This is to make sure that the girls are progressing in their study and avoids any dropping out of their studies

Even though heavy rain during the monsoon flooded classrooms, houses and roads, the school attendance records of the girls are satisfactory. A page from the last quarterly report sent by Sunita is attached which shows some of the girls’ school attendance.  

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Girls receiving study materials
Girls receiving study materials

All the seventy five girls in the scheme have received their study materials, school bag, shoes and summer uniform. They are all excited to start/continue their school but the long summer school holiday in Nepal is holding them back. It is also monsoon season now in Nepal and heavy rain floods all roads and even classrooms and houses.

During this school holiday, the girls have lots homework to do and if they didn’t then they will fall behind in their class. But their parents are uneducated and they are unable to help them. So, Sunita, the project assistant has been trying to organise at least one class a week to help them with homework. She has been successful to organise few classes but it is very challenging as the roads are inaccessible due to flooding.

What we have learnt from this is that we need to hire a teacher in each village during the school holidays so the girls do not have to travel far if they need help. But this increases the project budget and more support is needed. However the cost is not huge. If only five of our supporters participate in the ‘coffee a week’ challenge then this would be sufficient. Please visit our website for how to participate in the challenge.

Best wishes

Krit

Monsoon season in Nepal
Monsoon season in Nepal

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Consequences of dowry in Nepal
Consequences of dowry in Nepal

Despite the support we provide, school attendance of girls in the scheme has not been satisfactory. But according to the last quarterly report, 7 out of 10 girls are now attending school regularly. Considering the previous school attendance records, only 3 out of 10 girls were attending school regularly so this is a fantastic result. During the period, Sunita (the project assistant) made numerous visits to families whose girls are in the scheme. This indicates that a regular family visit works and hiring Sunita as project assistant was a good decision. Now, we have set up a target to bring all the girls into regular schooling.

Another great news is number of girls in the scheme has increased to seventy five from twenty five. Our target is to bring ninety girls into schooling through the GlobalGiving girl’s education scheme. The new girls introduced in the scheme are from very poor and Dalit families and all of them do not require a same level of support. That means with a similar or less resources, we can support more girls. If this year’s fundraising went well then we will achieve our target by the end of the year or by early 2015.

Increased number of girls in the scheme also means a higher financial commitment and without this the girls cannot continue their schooling. So this year, we have started a fundraising campaign- ‘one coffee a week’. This is to encourage supporters to drink one cup of coffee less a week and donate that money to support the project. One cup of coffee in London costs £1.80. So, even if only twenty five supporters have taken the challenge then the fundraising will be sufficient to support the ninety girls in the scheme and pay salary of Sunita. Sunita makes sure all the girls go to school regularly and report to NVF.

The message is ‘your one cup of coffee a week equals to education for the ninety girls’

Recently a seven-month pregnant Nepalese woman was set on fire by her husband over the undelivered dowry in western Nepal. We believe an education can change this violence and creates a better world.

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Project Assistant
Project Assistant

Sunita: Masterminding to improve school performance of girls in the scheme

Just to recap- Girls, particularly from poor and Dalit community in rural Nepal are denied an education. This project aims to support ninety girls in most need of schooling.

Recently, we have collected yearly school attendance of girls in the scheme. The record shows that girls are progressing in their study but not to the expected levels. This could be for various reasons. One example is that parents are not allowing their children to attend school regularly. It is very important to improve their school performance now if they are to pass final school year exams and progress in their future.

The girls in the scheme were being monitored by couple of temporary volunteers as we were unable to provide resources to hire a professional project worker. Now that our income is growing, we have been able to support our partner organisation [Hamro Samaj Nepal] and have hired Sunita as a full time project assistant. Sunita previously has been working as an English teacher in a private school. She is motivated, enthusiastic and more importantly she wants to help less able girls in the community to get an education.

Sunita’s first task was to collect the last year school attendance of girls in the scheme which she did successfully in the given time. After analysing the attendance record, now she is developing plan of action to improve the school performance of girls in the scheme. To find out how well she is doing in masterminding the reasons that hinder the girls’ school performance, you have to wait until the next progress report.

Currently, we are supporting only twenty five girls through the scheme but our target is to bring ninety girls in the scheme through the project. To introduce more girls, Sunita has also been assessing affordability and family condition of a further twenty five girls. It is likely that fifteen new girls will be introduced into the scheme by the end of May 2014.

How can you help us to bring more girls into school? The chair of Nepal Village Foundation, Carole Sharma suggests that a regular donation of as little as £5 a month would be very effective. We could then make a decision on when and how many more girls could be introduced into the scheme. Carole also is very grateful for your continuous support in the project.

Did you know that? An anonymous donor is matching all our new monthly recurring donations!! 

Best wishes

Krit Sharma 

Nepal Village Foundation, UK  

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Nepal Village Foundation, UK

Location: London, England - United Kingdom
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Krit Sharma
London, England United Kingdom
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