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.

Room to Read is a leading nonprofit for children's literacy & girls' education programs at work in Nepal. Learn more, donate, or get involved. Support Our Work

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.

Room to Read is a leading nonprofit for children's literacy & girls' education programs at work in Nepal. Learn more, donate, or get involved. Support Our Work

Immense Poverty, High Dropout Rates

Nepal’s education system has improved in the past few decades, but there is still much more work to be done. Almost half of adults are illiterate and 39.6 percent of students drop out before graduating from primary school. Although the government provides free primary education, many schools are underfunded, overcrowded and in poor condition—especially rural ones. The government pays teachers, but village families must bear all other school costs. Given Nepal’s immense poverty, this means that most schools lack libraries, books and other materials. Additionally, about a third of the population aged 5-14 works, keeping them out of the school system.

 

Infrastructure Destroyed
The devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal in 2015 wreaked havoc on the country’s fragile infrastructure and had a major impact on the education system. These events affected 14 out of 75 districts, damaging or destroying thousands of classrooms and leaving over one million students without a place to learn.

 

The Gender Imbalance
Girls are at a much higher risk of dropping out due to cultural bias, a lack of educational opportunities and resources, and pressures to marry. Roughly 40% of girls are married before they turn 18. Overall, girls are 22 percent less likely to be literate than their male counterparts. Enrollment rates for girls have risen in recent years, and great progress has been made towards gender equality in education.

Room to Read is a leading nonprofit for children's literacy & girls' education programs at work in Nepal. Learn more, donate, or get involved. Support Our Work

Room to Read Forms Basis for National Reading Program

Nepal became Room to Read’s first country of operation with one school library book delivery. Since then, we’ve built strong ties with the Nepalese government, and a holistic Literacy Program. Our recent collaboration with the Department of Education reviewed and identified gaps in literacy education policies; as a result, our literacy instruction materials will serve as the basis for Nepal’s new National Early Grade Reading Program curriculum for Grade 1 and 2 students, benefiting millions of children across the country.

Five Year Plan to Improve Primary Grade Literacy

In 2016 we launched an exciting five-year initiative with the Nepalese government, USAID and research group RTI International to improve the country’s primary grade literacy programs at scale. The initiative aims to impact 1 million students in grades 1 – 3 while also improving family and community support for early grade reading development.

Risk Assessment Tool Keeps Girls in School

To constantly improve our programs, we to test new innovations. Room to Read Nepal piloted an early warning system to identify Girls’ Education Program students at risk of dropping out. The new system allowed us to quickly intervene with the support girls needed to stay in school. Over the course of the year, our team found that girls who exhibited certain risk factors were more than five times as likely to drop out as girls who did not. This data empowers our social mobilizers in Nepal to more promptly support girls by visiting them at home, mentoring them and summarizing the content of missed sessions. The system has been so impactful in Nepal that we’re now using it in other countries.

Room to Read Helps Rebuild after Earthquakes

After the 2015 earthquakes, we joined the government to lead recovery efforts in education infrastructure. We are investing $5,000,000 towards reconstructing 700 classrooms across 62 schools, restoring damaged libraries, and implementing our Girls’ Education and Literacy Programs. We hope to get Nepali students back in schools with earthquake-safe buildings and exceptional learning materials that will last for many years.

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Room to Read Nepal
Sanepa Road, Kupondole Ward No. 1
Lalitpur, Nepal

Phone: +977-01-5553983 or +977-01-01-5553987

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Room to Read is a leading nonprofit for children's literacy & girls' education programs at work in Nepal. Learn more, donate, or get involved.
Room to Read is a leading nonprofit for children's literacy & girls' education programs at work in Nepal. Learn more, donate, or get involved.

16 books

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

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.

5,000

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

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