Street Child expanded its operations to Nepal following the devastating earthquakes in 2015 to assist local partners in re-establishing education in some of the country’s worst-affected communities. Since then we have expanded our work to focus on long-term educational opportunities for vulnerable communities across the country.
Currently ranked 147 out of 189 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI), one of Nepal’s key educational milestones in the last few decades has been achieving an enrolment rate of 96.3% (UNESCO 2016). Despite having met this goal to ‘achieve universal primary education’, serious concerns remain about the quality and equity of these educational opportunities.
The country’s most vulnerable communities are still recovering from the damaging effects of a four-month Covid-19 national lockdown which began in March 2020. These lockdowns have had a disproportionate impact on the local ‘lower-caste’ communities who cannot access information and supplies or services due to isolation and stigmatisation.
Street Child has substantial programming in Province 2 of Nepal where nearly half of the population is categorised as being multidimensionally poor. The intensity of poverty in the province is also very high, meaning that those identified as being multidimensionally poor are deprived across all socio-economic indicators. As key contributors to the provincial ‘Beti Padhau, Beti Bachau’ (Educate Daughters, Save Daughters) campaign, our programmes, delivered by our national partners, support out of school girls trapped in generational bonded labour to learn and earn. Across Nepal, we also work with children of migrant workers and children with disabilities to ensure fair and inclusive educational opportunities.
Through our flagship programmes, ‘Breaking the Bonds’ and ‘Marginalised No More,’ funded by The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), we are supporting 10,000 out of school adolescent Musahar girls to acquire functional literacy and numeracy. They then transition into formal schooling or enterprise establishment as a step towards breaking free from generational debt bondage. During COVID-19, a bespoke distance teaching and learning programme enabled learning gains and prevented disengagement or dropout.
We are also working to ensure a more accessible, inclusive and conducive learning environment for children living with various forms of disabilities. We are training teachers in inclusive education and are providing tailored medical and psychological support. A total of 30 teachers from 14 community schools in Sarlahi district have been trained on inclusive education to date, with a primary focus on inclusive classroom environments for children living with disabilities.
Together with expert national partners, Street Child is currently delivering a COVID-19 Rapid Response project, providing food assistance, psychosocial support and hygiene support to 4,000 ‘lower-caste’ female-headed households in Province 2 of Nepal. This intervention responds to the distance and discrimination affecting these vulnerable groups. It also addresses the gaps in information, supplies and services for 45,000 community members in some of the most remote areas of the country. As part of our COVID-19 emergency response we were able to provide 200 families with cash support and 2,000 students with self-learning materials in the mountainous regions of Province 6, we also reached 125,115 people with key prevention messaging through radio public service announcements.
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