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.

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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Room to Read Establishes Foundation for National Literacy Program Support Our Work

Room to Read Establishes Foundation for National Literacy Program

Nepal was our first country of operation in 2000. Over the past 20 years, we have built strong ties with Nepal’s government. In 2015, Nepal was struck by two consecutive earthquakes, which destroyed or severely damaged large parts of the country’s infrastructure, including a reported more than 9,300 schools. Our Room to Read team saw a need for our support, and we immediately joined forces with the government to lead recovery and reconstruction efforts. We focused on Dhading and Nuwakot districts, which had some of the most severe infrastructure damages. Through this work, we completed 60 schools and 646 classrooms, benefited 19,137 children, and trained 1,735 community members.

 

 

Five Year Plan to Improve Primary Grade Literacy

Our work influences systems-level change within the country. In 2015, we collaborated with the Ministry of Education to support their National Early Grade Reading Program, in partnership with USAID’s Early Grade Reading Program. This technical assistance project aims to help children nationwide read with fluency and comprehension.

Room to Read plays a key leadership role on the government’s technical team and helps develop teaching and learning materials to influence a national approach to Nepali early grade reading instruction. As of 2019, we estimate that the initiative has benefited more than 560,000 students in Grades 1 to 3 across the country.

Risk Assessment Tool Keeps Girls in School

To constantly improve our programs, we 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.

The Latest from Nepal

These 3 Nepali Fathers Want More Gender-Equal Communities

These 3 Nepali Fathers Want More Gender-Equal Communities


Shriluna Shrestha, Communications Officer, Nepal

Girls' Education, Nepal

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The First in Her Family to Go to School, Mereena is Changing Her Family's Trajectory

The First in Her Family to Go to School, Mereena is Changing Her Family's Trajectory


Girls' Education, Nepal

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The Nepalese Girls Who Lost Their Childhoods

The Nepalese Girls Who Lost Their Childhoods


In the News, Nepal

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A time for every purpose

A time for every purpose


In the News, Nepal

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Nepali Student Inspires Mother's Newfound Love for Storybooks

Nepali Student Inspires Mother's Newfound Love for Storybooks


Literacy, Nepal

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2 Years Post-Quake Nepali School Opens New Classrooms

2 Years Post-Quake Nepali School Opens New Classrooms


Shriluna Shrestha

Literacy, Nepal

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Dubai Cares & Room to Read Partner in Post-Earthquake Recovery Efforts in Nepal

Dubai Cares & Room to Read Partner in Post-Earthquake Recovery Efforts in Nepal


Partners, Nepal

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John Wood Awarded Dr. Dilli Raman Regmi International Peace Award by Nepalese Ministry of Education

John Wood Awarded Dr. Dilli Raman Regmi International Peace Award by Nepalese Ministry of Education


Press Releases, Nepal

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How Her Mother Inspired Nirupa to Beat the Odds

How Her Mother Inspired Nirupa to Beat the Odds


Girls' Education, Asia

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A Year After the Nepal Earthquake, a Survivor Finds Strength at School

A Year After the Nepal Earthquake, a Survivor Finds Strength at School


Girls' Education, Asia

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Books from Nepal

Tiger's New Home

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A story developed as part of our COVID-19 book collection

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Chalk and Blackboard's Journey to the Village

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A story developed as part of our COVID-19 book collection

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The Rhythm of Nature

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A story developed as part of our Climate Book Collection

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