About this campaign
Armed conflict, forced displacement and disasters have disrupted the overall development of the Nepalese education system. The education scenario has gotten worse in the current unprecedented pandemic where learners are out of school for past four months due to country-wide school closures. The dropout rates across the country is likely to rise as a result of the massive disruption to education access along with the loss of jobs of the guardians belonging from the necessitous and low economic quintile. Students with disabilities as well as those from poor, remote, low caste families or from disadvantages ethnicities are disproportionately affected by the access to education gap majorly due to lack of access to the educational resources. The net attendance rate is lowest for households in the poorest and the second poorest quintiles as per the various studies conducted. Poor health indicators profoundly limit children’s ability to attend school regularly. Diseases such as diarrhea, parasitic worm infections, skin diseases and trachoma reduce children’s ability to access education. It is feared that the shocks to education from the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to increased dropout rates, learning loss and heighten the inequality with the most vulnerable students disproportionately bearing the impact of the shock.
The government of Nepal (GoN) has declared the next ten years as the decade for strengthening public education sector. In improving public education system, school governance and resources are the key aspect, among others. In fact, GoN has implemented a number of measures in line with this in the past few decades, but they have little been successful thus far. Article 31 of the Constitution of Nepal 2015 states right relating to education as fundamental rights. The article further states that every citizen have right to get compulsory and free education up to the secondary level from the state but the current state of affairs of the government school education is worrisome. The proposed action plan is an effort to aid the students of government schools with scholarships, meal and stationary support for an academic year. Likewise, the Local Government Operation Act, 2017 has also dispersed major rights relating to education among the local government as under the current federal structure of the country. It is a great opening for the local governments to take the ownership on the educational facets where the act has provided rights relating to operation, governing, monitoring, localized curriculum development and other major rights relating to education.
• Provide support of stationery, meal and uniform to the students belonging from the economically indigent families as identified and referred from the respective local governments.
• Sensitizing and encouraging the local governments on their roles for advancement and localization of pedagogical practices, especially in the curriculum development and policy framing.
• To support students of government schools to equip with basic classroom learning kits as to create a sound learning environment for the students.
Use of Funds
i. Stationary, Meal and Uniform support: 50 students from 5 schools will be provided with annual support of in-school meal, stationary and uniform support under this action plan. The students belonging from economically indigent families will be identified in coordination with the local governments. The organization has already trained 27 local government and this concept is the result of the discussions held with the local governments. The facilities in such package will involve providing course books, assignment copies, in-school meal and school uniforms.