Getting All Children in Nepal into School

Video | 1 July 2014

Scholarships and better facilities are helping ensure that all boys and girls across Nepal have the chance to go to school and get the foundation for better jobs after graduation.

Transcript

Title: Getting All Children in Nepal into School

Description: Scholarships and better facilities are helping ensure that all boys and girls across Nepal have the chance to go to school and get the foundation for better jobs after graduation.

VO: It’s an everyday walk that Sita Biswakarma is happy to make. The journey to her school in the rural region of Kavra, east of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

SOT: Sita Biswakarma
Student
Shree Saraswoti High School
My dad studied only grade one and my mom can’t even write her name.

VO: As in many parts of South Asia, here children from the lower caste, ethnic minorities, poor communities and from remote areas often struggle to stay in school; and girls are seen as a lower education priority.  The Asian Development Bank and other development partners have provided funds to support the Nepal government school sector reforms. Reforms aimed at getting children to school and keeping them there.

With ADB help, children - both boys and girls, up to age 12 are awarded full scholarships that has pushed up enrollment rates for basic education from 77% in 2008 to 86% now.

SOT: Ramesh Kaji Koju
Principal
Shree Saraswoti High School
The biggest achievement in our school is that all the children are in groups. There is no discrimination on the basis of sex or caste.

VO: Earthquake resistant buildings, upgraded facilities and equipment, separate toilets for girls and boys, wheelchair access, and more textbooks are part of the program to keep children in school.

SOT: Lava Deo Awasthi
Director-General
Department of Education
The impact is very encouraging. If we considered the situation 5 years ago, today’s achievement is not imaginable. Today, 95% of the youth are present in schools.

VO: Making it easier for all children to finish their basic schooling gives them and Nepal more opportunities.

SOT: Sita Biswakarma
Student
Shree Saraswoti High School
If I did not get the scholarship, I probably would have been working as a domestic help, or I could be in the fields or stayed home grazing the cattle.