Ways of working Countries of operation Nepal Ethiopia South Africa India and Bangladesh Colombia Thailand Development cooperation projects Children with disabilities in Chilga, Ethiopia Education for vulnerable children in South Lalitpur, Nepal Right to education in the Far West, Nepal Strengthening Education Policies and Ensuring the Right to Education in Nepal Project Duration: 2019-2022 Project location: Sudurpaschim Pronvice no. 7, Dadeldhura district, Ajayameru & Ganyapdhura rural municipalities Partner organisation: Loo Niva Child Concern Group Strengthening Education Policies and Ensuring the Right to Education is a cooperation project of Loo Niva Child Concern Group and Interpedia. The NGOs have previously partnered in the Far-West Dadeldhura district through Concern for Education -projects in 2012-2014 and 2015-2017. Far Western corner of Nepal is underdeveloped Dadeldhura is one of the least developed areas in Nepal, where vulnerable groups such as girls, ethnic minorities and Dalits face discrimination and have lower access to education. The project targets to improve the quality of education through sensitizing children, parents, teachers and local authorities on their role in promoting education; strengthening child participation in society; forming and supporting local action groups for supervising and promoting quality education and raising awareness about good educational practices. This and previous projects have also promoted peaceful education and avoiding misuse of schools as an instrument of politics. This project works at local, municipal and provincial levels with the objective of enabling efforts on realizing the right to education in the new provincial structure of Nepal. In 2015, Nepal ratified a new constitution and the recent federalization process has reformed structures related to education policy, shifting decision making to local and provincial levels. The civil society now has an opportunity to strengthen its role in policy-making and to advance the democratization process. The project will work to ensure better educational policies and programs at province No. 7 and two municipalities, through training local government leaders and provincial assembly members. For ensuring good practices developed are sustained and spread, this phase will focus on empowering and engaging local civil society to ensure the sustainable redistribution of roles and responsibilities. In addition, the project will improve learning achievements and reduce dropouts in two municipalities, reaching over 4000 school-going children in 32 schools, their families and 60 teachers. The project is in line with Finnish development policy objectives, has a strong rights-based approach and focus on gender & reduction of inequality. Partner organisation since 2004 Loo Niva Child Concern Group was established in 1994, when a group of school students started to run a library and a child club. Loo Niva was registered in 1997 as a non-governmental organization working for child rights. Loo Niva works with the community at the grassroots level towards preventing exploitation and marginalization of underprivileged children and has been recognized by communities and local authorities as an important actor in promoting education. Loo Niva’s practices are rights-based and benefit the most vulnerable children such as girls, dalits and children with disabilities or children from extremely poor families. Interpedia has worked with Loo Niva since 2004 in Lalitpur and the Far West. Interpedia has seen Loo Niva’s developing process from a small, community-based organization to a national level advocate NGO which thematic and geographical coverage. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland is financing 85% of the project while Interpedia covers 15%.