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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Room to Read Forms Basis for National Reading Program Support Our Work

Immense Poverty, High Dropout Rates

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.

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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