It’s hardly surprising that Nepal’s literacy rate stands at a mere 63% for males and a dismal 35% for females, try given that only 65% of children fortunate enough be enrolled in school in the first place ever manage to reach Grade 5 of the primary education system (UNICEF 2004). If Nepal is to truly develop and prosper, sale as it so deserves, health then all its children need access to a valuable education now – not just the children of the better educated, higher caste citizens who understand the value of education.

Through our education scholarship program, we are working to tackle this reality head-on and we endeavour to deal with each child as the individual that he or she is. In recognising that each child comes from a unique set of circumstances, bringing along a variety of challenges and difficulties, we work carefully to ensure that our assistance is tailored to varying needs of each child and is as effective as possible. Aside from providing for each child’s educational expenses (fees, uniform, books, stationery, etc.), during regular follow-up visits we also offer any additional support as and when required – such as arranging extra tuition classes, for example, and providing assistance with any medical costs.

Through the working of our educational scholarship program we are coming in contact with an ever increasing number of schools. Having made a conscious and informed decision to utilise the existing network of government schools whenever possible (rather than provide too much additional business to private school sector) we have found that many of the schools we help children to attend are far from ideal – in terms of infrastructure and resources they have access to, as well as the overall quality of education they provide.

There are so many factors, both direct and influencing, which one could hold responsible for the generally poor state of the Nepali education system at present, but rather than engaging in the blame-game we feel that it’s for the best if we simply work with what’s on offer here and do whatever we can to make it better. It is in this regard that we have recently embarked on our school assistance initiative, which sees us working closely with a small number of schools in a determined effort to help them develop sustainable initiatives which will enable them to deliver a better standard of education once they are fully implemented.

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