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 support Nepali children.

 

In our own words was initiated by the British Council in partnership with Room to Read Nepal and UNICEF Nepal to provide a platform for the visions and voices of 20 young writers from different parts of the country. The anthology includes two books "My Heroine" and "Our Lives Today" and are available in Nepali and English.

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Poverty and marginalization inflict high dropout rates

Nepal’s education system has seen great improvements in the past few decades. The government states that expanding educational opportunities is a priority, and a 2016 education reform bill established free and compulsory basic education for Grades 1 to 8. However, there is still much more work to be done, and many students still lack educational access and opportunity.

The World Bank states that more than 159,000 primary school age children are out of school in Nepal, and attendance and dropout rates remain inconsistent. This is partially due to deeply ingrained caste divisions, which leaves those in lower castes and other under-resourced groups with less access to education. In terms of attendance, UNICEF reports that rates drop from 78 percent of students attending primary school, to only 46 percent attendance once students reach lower secondary school. Many children are forced to drop out of school because they come from historically low-income households and must help their families with farming work, or they live long distances from school and the walk is too far to attend class regularly.

 

Poverty and Marginalization Inflict High Dropout Rates

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. Unfortunately, girls’ education is still not seen as a priority in some rural households. Child marriage is also a relatively common practice with an estimated 37 percent of Nepali girls marrying before the age of 18 and 10 percent married by age 15, according to UNICEF.

 

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