03 Mar Giving children access to a quality education
Without a quality education, it becomes even harder for Nepali children to break free from the cycle of poverty.
However, it can be really difficult to get an education in Nepal – let alone one that’s good enough to give children hope of a better future. The obstacles get even bigger for children in rural areas or from lower caste families, and especially girls.
It’s desperately sad to imagine how inaccessible, under-resourced, poorly-taught education reduces their already limited horizons:
- Less than 10% of children from the lowest Dalit caste will complete their basic schooling.
- The education of girls is still not a priority in some households, especially for the poorest and most disadvantaged families.
- Between the ages of 11 and 16 there is a massive school drop out rate. In total, Nepal has more than 770,000 out-of-school children.
- Inadequately trained teachers and insufficient materials are major obstacles to a quality education.
- At school, Nepali children are affected by the poor condition of basic facilities such as classrooms, toilets and a lack of clean drinking water.
Susmita is from the Dalit caste, and lives in a small village in Bajura. Both her parents work to earn about £4 per day to provide for a family of six. She is often forced to miss school to help with household chores, or because of a lack of school uniform or stationery. Research tells us that at least five years of a quality education could change Susmita’s life.
Because we believe in helping the most disadvantaged children in Nepal realise their God-given potential, we’re launching this education-focused appeal to help improve the chances of a better life for children in Bajura. We are working closely with a new partner, SAHAS Nepal, to develop this project using their valuable experience of improving lives in rural Nepali communities.
Make their dreams come true
£33.50 could train a teacher in child-friendly learning skills
Well trained teachers help improve the quality of education. A three-day course will equip teachers to help develop a learning environment in which children are motivated and able to learn.
£55 could provide scholarships for two children
Scholarships for children from the poorest Dalit families help reduce their risk of dropping out of school. Meeting their material needs such as uniforms, shoes and stationery help integrate them alongside other students.
£76 could create a year of extra-curricular activities for a school
More extra-curricular opportunities generate increased enthusiasm about learning, through events such as reading fairs, debate competitions and quizzes. Additional sessions will also provide input on global awareness events such as World Environment Day and International Women’s Day.