WeWorld has been present in Nepal since 2010 to ensure education for girls and boys in the Sindhupalchowk and Kavrepalanchowk regions.
The lack of access to education is a highly problematic issue in Nepal due to the lack of adequate infrastructures, the economic status of families and the traditional discriminatory practices based on caste and gender. Nepal, together with Bangladesh and India, ranks among the first Asian nations for early marriages: 40% of girls marry before the age of 18 years old and 7% before the age of 15 years old. One of the most serious consequences of this practice is that many girls leave school at the age of 10-11.
Following the earthquake that devastated the country in 2015, almost all the schools had to be rebuilt. We, therefore, supported the construction and renovation of 19 schools and 2 teaching centres and provided the classes with the basic teaching materials for learning.
To fight against the discrimination of girls in access to education and early marriages, we have implemented a programme with the aim of providing peer-to-peer assistance to the girls most at risk. The idea behind the project is that a group of older 'sisters' support a group of younger girls in the school, in the community, in the family. The older sisters are adequately trained on the importance of education and on the devastating consequences of early marriages and represent a point of reference, as well as a positive role model, for the little girls.
We also work with teachers to train them on innovative teaching methods that are sensitive to children's needs. We organise lessons for parents on the issues of the importance of a proper nutrition and of access to education. Finally, we train young people themselves on leadership and education.