Strengthening civil society and enabling out-of-school children to complete a course of schooling
  • Kapilvastu
  • 2016 -
  • 51,904
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Why Kapilvastu?

Access to education and completion of a universal quality basic education represents the cornerstone of Nepal’s efforts to promote an equal and inclusive society. Although in Nepal there has been significant progress in enhancing access to basic education, there are still barriers that limit the inclusion of girls and minorities. Kapilvastu, in southern Nepal, is one of the most economically – and educationally – disadvantaged districts in the country.

Achieving Access and Equity

To achieve equity in access, participation and equitable learning outcomes, this project seeks to address the 8 equity dimensions identified by the Department of Education, namely Gender, Socio Economic Status, Geographical Location, Health and Nutrition Status, Disabilities, Caste and Ethnicity, Language, and Children of Vulnerable Groups.

Key Strategies and Methodology

The support given to schools follows five key strategies. It adopts a human right based approach (e.g. it is child-centred and promotes a strong anti corporal punishment message), has a gender perspective (e.g. it supports schools in being more gender sensitive throughout) is multi-stakeholder (e.g. decision-making processes are transparent and inclusive), is appropriate and relevant (e.g. learning is related to everyday life) and there is a focus on peer education (e.g. students, teachers and other stakeholders are empowered to cascade learning to their peers).

Supporting Out of School Children

In addition to supporting mainstream education, the PEAK programme will provide educational support for nearly 2,000 Out of School Children. Nearly 20% of children aged 3-15 in the target areas are not in school for a range of different reasons, including household work, social discrimination and the distance from school. The project works with schools to create an environment where inclusion, participation and retention is improved, and to directly those children who are still unable to attend formal schooling.

Working with and through Civil Society Organizations

To reach the project objectives, GAN is working through 18 local and national Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), in order to bring about meaningful, long-term change. This includes the National Campaign for Education and the Confederation of Nepali’s Teachers. We are strengthening their capacity, and increasing the linkages with other local actors, including local government and community organisations.

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