It is widely accepted that education has a major impact on poverty. All too often children, especially girls, from marginalised communities or so called lower castes are denied the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty through lack of access to a school. This discrimination only serves to prolong the cycle of poverty and hardship from one generation to the next. Our vision is for a Nepal where every child has access to a strong safe and nurturing school environment.
We advocate for and actively invest in school facilities and teacher skills, and promote the values that support and nurture children to reach their fullest potential. We envisage a Nepal where every school has the capacity to ensure that the academic, moral and cultural needs of all students are identified and the curriculum is aligned to reach these goals.
Access to a school is not enough; the education provided must foster an environment of inclusion and strive for equality of opportunity. We believe children from marginalised communities attending public sector schools should have equal school infrastructure, facilities and support as any child attending a fee paying school in the private sector. Our vision is for a Nepal where every child is provided an equal learning experience irrespective of background.
All too often governments, charities and school management compete for limited resources. When resources are made available they are utilised inefficiently with little long term planning nor impact measurement. This creates an environment of competition rather than cooperation, of dependency rather than accountability. We envisage a Nepal where all parties involved in the education of children cooperate effectively to ensure the optimal use of resources to improve access to schooling and quality of education provided.
OUR APPROACH SUPPORTS MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES, ADDRESSES INEQUALITY AND EXCLUSION, ENCOURAGES PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP AND LOCAL OWNERSHIP AND PROVIDES A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION.Read more
Communities located outside urban centres are often neglected due to the geographical challenges. It is often deemed more cost effective to support schools in cities, close to roads and international transport links. This excludes the most marginalized from opportunity. We support rural marginalized communities.
Government run schools are often deemed too difficult to manage. Teachers employed in the public sector are often deemed lazy or unskilled with little incentive to change. This wrongful perception encourages the funding of costly unsustainable private schools. We only support public sector schools.
Local government contribute 50% of education program costs and 25% of infrastructure.All teachers’ salaries are paid by the government and the community provides additional support as required. This approach enables sharing of limited resources and ensures maximum return on social investment. We work in genuine partnership.
All too often international organisations delegate ownership of objectives to local agents and disburse resources widely across multiple programs and locations. We focus on a One Community school cluster approach. We encourage the participation and co-operation of all schools in the community to a shared long-term plan. This fosters the development of and adherence to a common strategy for sustainable measurable impact. We plan with communities for sustainable impact.
Our school build program provides safe secure inspiring learning environment vital for lasting impact. Teachers and children will not be motivated in dangerous schools and children will not feel safe in a threatening environment. We build strong earthquake proof schools. We provide dual gender sanitation and foster a gender neutral nurturing space. We provide safe non violent learning environments.
CREATIVE EARLY YEARS
Our unique “Kahcuua Klub” Kindergarten and early grade program is designed to foster and support creative learning and child centered teaching at the very beginning of school life. The program includes both hard and soft investment and includes brightly painted walls, child friendly furniture, age specific dual language books creative educational toys and training. Our creative inclusive spaces inspire children and teachers, encourage parents to value education from an early age and unburdens the older siblings from child minding duties. We provide access to quality early childhood development.
Our Nepali literacy program accelerates learning enabling children to read, write and comprehend to the same degree as their more privileged peers in privately funded schools. We train grade teachers on our unique early grade reading & assessment methodology and provide educational resources including age appropriate books. We provide every child the literacy skills to compete equally with their more privileged peers.
We respect the need to protect and promote local language but equality in the marketplace requires equality in language skills. Some parents are able to afford to send their children to fee paying English medium schools. However many children are left behind in schools with no or inadequate English Language teaching. These children are at an immediate disadvantage and are unable to compete for limited opportunities on equal terms. We do not advocate English medium teaching but we do promote English as a core curriculum subject. Our English language literacy program provides marginalised children better opportunity. We promote English language literacy as an instrument of equality.
Our digital learning program is different practical and creative! Many schools in Nepal request computers and many donors respond by donating second hand desktops. However these are of little or no use to teachers and have no lasting impact. Our innovative “Hati Lab” solution addresses real long term need and has measurable impact. We combine the use of digital content and teacher training to set students down the path where they embrace the joy of learning and discovery
Our activity based maths and problem solving program builds confidence and accelerates learning. Our unique interactive learn-as-you-play kits engage children in educational activities and allow them to develop their numeracy skills at their own rate.We utilise activity based learning to enhance numeracy skills.’
OUR IMPACT CAN BE MEASURED IN TERMS OF SAFE SCHOOLS BUILT AND THE NUMBERS OF CHILDREN RECEIVING A QUALITY EDUCATIONView Our Impact