Main barriers to education
- Shortage of Schools
- Teacher Absenteeism
As far back as back the 1950s the Nepalese Government, through the National Education Commission, acknowledged shortcomings in the education sector and the importance of primary education for all citizens. Various education reform initiatives have since been initiated to account for the country’s diversity, particularly with regard to gender disparities, disabled children and rural populations. To date, though the gender gap in education is declining, it is noticeable and prevails across ethnic groups, rural and urban areas, national geography and income levels. Moreover, there remain rural locales, economically disadvantaged, where schools simply do not exist; where they do exist, they are rife with teacher absenteeism and dysfunctional management.
In light of the education sector’s continued woe, the government has recognised human resource development, social and gender equity, poverty alleviation and quality enhancement as priority focus areas.
To meet these challenges, EAC has partnered with buildOn and United World Schools (UWS) to increase access to quality primary education in Nepal. The former partner’s project activities include: community and parental engagement through outreach and training; and the construction of 80 new primary schools. In the latter instance, the partner project will also prioritise school construction, as well as global education partnerships, free provision of school and learning materials, training local indigenous speakers to serve as teachers and gender sensitisation.