Nursery schools of hope in Nepal :

A better future for mothers and their children

Why ?

In Nepal, primary education begins at the age of 6. There are some public nursery schools, but they are little-known in their communities, and of particularly poor quality. The renowned schools are private and expensive, so not within reach of the poor. Therefore, in the poorest families, young children are often left to themselves, which is detrimental to their development. Most of the women who work in the “leisure” industry come from rural areas and migrate on their own. Without parents to care for their young children, they bring them to their workplace.

How ?

The project is intended to improve the education of these women’s young children, registering them in pre-school institutions which protect them from a violent environment and accentuates the capabilities of the parents, teachers and education officials to support the development and well-being of the children. This is to break the vicious circle of gender violence by helping children to build on another model.

The actions of the project:

– Promote gender equality: awareness sessions on gender equality and women’s rights, mobilisation of ‘model’ men, etc.

– Support the empowerment of mothers: orientation sessions on the different opportunities to improve livelihoods, support vocational training, undertake income-generating activities.

– Assistance in early childhood: developing a central development model of early childhood in Kathmandu, parent education, training of supervisors, etc.

These activities are linked to assistance from local authorities on gender equality and early childhood.

For whom ?

  • 90 children of young mothers in the leisure sector
  • 240 children in schools with trained teachers
  • 250 women working in the leisure sector
  • 150 male partners of female beneficiaries
  • 16 teachers and supervisors
  • 40 members of the School Management Committee
  • 30 members of strengthened non-governmental organizations
  • 1 District education office

Location: Kathmandu, the nursery will be set up in 2017 in the Gongabu area after several years in the neighborhood of Kalanki
Project duration: 3 years +.