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Nepal: Udaan IV – Equitable access to basic education for poor and vulnerable adolescent girls in Nepal – NPL973

In Nepal, most adolescents and young people live in rural areas (82%) with half of them in underdeveloped and underserved areas. A quarter of Nepali citizens live on less than $1 a day. Dalits, Muslims and indigenous communities are subjected to systematic discrimination and depend on low-income labour works that hardly meet their basic needs. Girls from these communities face an additional layer of discrimination due to the gender inequality embedded in social norms and perpetuated through policy and service delivery, which limits their access to education and is manifested in higher illiteracy and a higher school drop-out rate among girls.

Overall Objective

Equitable access to basic education for marginalized adolescent girls in Nepal for better life opportunities

Specific Objective

Marginalized out-of-school adolescent girls from Madhesh Province (Province 2) are empowered and have access to education

Expected Results

Result 1 Poor and marginalized girls are capacitated to continue education in formal schools via the Udaan centres 

Result 2: Families and local communities have an increased understanding on the need of equitable access to education for girls

Result 3: School Management Committees and Child Clubs of local public schools (mother schools) promote a child friendly environment for adolescent girls at school 

Main Activities
  • Establishment of 8 Udaan centres with 25 adolescent girls in each centre  
  • Capacity building of teachers on Udaan pedagogy and approach
  • Training of adolescent girls using the Udaan curriculum and follow up on their enrolment and continuity in formal schools
  • Development of girls’ leadership using extracurricular activities and peer support like the Udaan Friends initiative
  • Training of Udaan girls on Youth Savings and Loans Associations
  • Provide mobile phones to Udaan girls for virtual learning and off-hour learning consultations with teachers 
  • Establishment of parent groups
  • Parenting and gender transformative sessions for parents
  • Engagement with community groups and conduct of reflection and awareness raising sessions on girls’ education
  • Design and implementation of social campaigns led by the Udaan girls
  • Identification of gaps at schools through the Community Score Card process with engagement of representatives from municipalities and the schools
  • Training for School Management Committees (SMC) on the School Improvement Plan
  • Training and assistance to SMCs and Child Clubs for the effective implementation of the grievance handling mechanism and the improvement of the learning environment in schools

 

Location

Bhagwanpur and Sakhuwanankarkatti rural municipalities in Siraha district of Madhesh Pradesh province, Nepal

Beneficiaries

9,658 individuals

Duration

01.04.2022 – 30.04.2023

Total Budget

€ 112,000

Donors

CARE Austria

This project contributes to the following sustainable development goals (SDGs):