Nepal

Nepal

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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Immense Poverty, High Dropout Rates 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.

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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