Project location: Dadeldhura district (Ajayameru, Samaiji, Masthamandu, Ganeshpur)
Partner organisation: Loo Niva Child Concern Group
Loo Niva started in 1994, when a group of school students started to run a library and a child club. Loo Niva was established 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.
Concern for Education phase II is a continuation of the 2012-2014 Concern for Education project, implemented in four Village Development Committees (VDCs) of Dadeldhura District. Due to the high drop-out rate and low quality of education in Nepalese schools, the overall goal of the project is to contribute to the realization of the right to quality education for all school-aged children in Nepal. CFE II further contributes to the reduction of inequalities as well as sustains and expands the achievements of CFEI.
The main beneficiaries are more than 4000 children in the 24 project schools, of which 1100 are hard-to-reach-children, as well as more than 2000 teachers, government officials, Parents’ Teachers’ Association (PTA) and School Management Committee (SMC) members, community members and community-based organization members, who will receive training in educational matters.
Special attention is paid to hard-to-reach children: disabled, children who have learning difficulties, bonded laborers, dalits or child marriage victims. Reduction of inequalities will be realized as a crosscutting theme. The majority of these children are girls and gender equality as a cross-cutting theme is taken into account. The project works in tight collaboration with local government and schools, strengthening the existing structures. A new structure will be created in the formation of an Education Watch group that will monitor educational affairs.
The project objectives are:
- Enhanced accessibility to education for all school aged children in Dadeldhura
- Enhanced quality of education in schools of Dadeldhura district through strengthened engagement of the schools and community
- Enhanced capacity of Loo Niva on advocacy and building movements for right to education
The key activities of the project are: providing hard-to-reach children with transitory scholarships, remedial education classes, Child Club support and Career Education Programs for the youth; promoting model schools; training teachers; training and mobilizing the Village Education Committee, SMC & PTA and CBO members; raising awareness in the communities, mobilizing media and influencing national policy; and strengthening the capacity of Loo Niva in advocacy and movement building.