Our first country of operation, Room to Read Nepal, pioneered much of Room to Read’s early work. Today, our Literacy and Girls’ Education Programs thrive throughout Nepal and we continue to be a catalyst for change in the country’s educational landscape to transform the lives of Nepali children.

Read Together - Learn Together

7 million students in Nepal are out of school and are confined to home with little access to the world due to the pandemic. In such challenging times, reading stories to children helps build empathy and kindness and can strengthen connections. The Read Together campaign aims to encourage parents and elders to read together with their children in their homes and communities. 

Everyone is encouraged to participate in this social media challenge by reading #ABookADay for a week to a child. Share their love for reading by posting fun photos, using the hashtag #ABookADay #RoomtoReadNepal

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A Country in Transition

Nepal is a small, landlocked country facing challenges born of political instability, natural disasters, inaccessible settlements, and widespread poverty. Nearly half of all Nepali people live in poverty on less than $2 a day. Nepal’s monarchy was abolished in 2008 and the country has endured an unstable infrastructure as it struggles to transition into a republic.

Our Work in Nepal

Room to Read Nepal is the only organization in the country that focuses on literacy and gender equality in education. We collaborate closely with the Ministry of Education and the National Curriculum and Development Board to implement our Literacy and Girls’ Education Programs. We also share our expertise in literacy instruction for teachers and developing reading materials for children.

Room to Read currently implementing programs in government schools within Bardiya, Nuwakot, Kailali, Palpa and Banke and supporting programs in Nawalparasi, Pyuthan, Myagdi, Kaski, Lamjung, Dhading, Chitwan, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kavre and Sindhupalchowk.

Professor Biswa

When he grows up, little Biswa wants to teach kids like him.

16 books

Children in Nepali schools with Room to Read libraries checked out, on average, more than 16 books per student.

5,000

Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program has supported nearly 5,000 girls in Nepal since 2001.

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