Vision Nepal education programs aim to raise levels of literacy and numeracy in remote communities, thereby giving children and adults more opportunities and choices. The focus is on increasing access to education where there is no functioning system, and improving the quality of current education provision.
These are small satellite schools, where groups of children of all ages are taught a slightly abbreviated curriculum, allowing them to catch up to class 3 of mainstream schools. Alternative classes allow children who have dropped out, or have not been enrolled earlier and are now too old, or for whom the school is too far away, to get a minimal education and carry on to ‘mainstream’ school afterwards. Vision Nepal accesses and tops up government funding which is allocated for this purpose and the programmer involves teacher training, buildings and toilets, parents committees and supplying resources.
Adult Literacy Classes:
Adult literacy rates are very low in our program areas (as low as 35% for men and 15% for women in some areas), ten to twenty years ago educational opportunities were even rarer than today. Being able to read makes a huge difference to people’s confidence and independence: whether it is reading the instructions on a medicine bottle for their children, the sign on a bus, or letter from a loved one working away.
School Infrastructure support:
Most schools in Vision Nepal’s working areas were completely destroyed in the earthquakes of April and May 2015. Vision Nepal is involved in rebuilding the infrastructure with support from some donors. We also support schools by replacing lost furniture and teaching materials. In the past, Vision Nepal has supported the upgrade of National Education And Buddhism Teaching Primary School in Phulasi, Ramechhap district.
Since 2013 Vision Nepal has been working closely with organization funds and provides technical support to teacher training programs, and post training classroom observations confirm positive changes in teaching methods.
In many of Vision Nepal’s project areas, enrolment rates for girls are lower than boys and many girls drop out when they reach teenage, to help in the household or to be married before they reach the age of 15. To implement girls’ empowerment courses in remote rural areas of Phulasi. These courses were perceived to be highly effective, increasing confidence and health knowledge of participating girls and reducing school dropout and early marriage. Vision Nepal has now developed its own girls’ empowerment curriculum and is delivering this in our remote project areas of Nepal.
Child Rights Training:
As an introduction to the concepts of Right to Education, Right to Health and to combat child marriage, Vision Nepal health staff (with support from education and other staff) conduct child rights orientation workshops in schools, with school management committees and Parents’ associations, and in the communities–often in conjunction with raise these issues.
Vision Nepal education empowerment of marginalized communities:
Focused mainly at children education fee. Our Children’s Education Development Program is one of the major activities in our integrated community approach, supported by our full time Members and volunteers. The aim of the program is to protect the rights of all children in the community providing access to a basic, quality education; developing their life skills; and providing access to health services (through our Community Health Program) Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world with approximately 20% of its population living below the poverty line. The basic rights of many community children are often not met. They will not receive an education, instead being used to complete household chores and babysit while their parents tend the land. The schools themselves lack proper facilities and lessons are often taught by unqualified teachers. Many children will not complete their primary education. And in the worst cases, they leave their homes, thrown out or fleeing from abuse, to live on the streets of Kathmandu.
Vision Nepal has been working since 2013:
Where capital city, initial studies showed that education and living standards were very low income family. Indigenous castes within the community live in particularly deprived conditions. And Over the past four years, with the help of our international volunteers and interns, Vision Nepal has implemented a range of projects, including the creation of Children’s Education fund and the support for Children School fees and As we continue our work in Kathmandu we look forward to initiating the process in our new focus community, Phulasi (VDC) Ramechhap district as well.
Overall development of marginalized children we run projects for volunteers within our Children’s Development:
Child Education, Children’s Life Skills Facilitation, The range of these projects allows volunteers with different strengths and interests to contribute to their fullest ability and satisfaction. And While the Early Childhood Education Project focuses on basic learning development of children age 3-5 years old, the Children’s Life Skills Facilitation Project offers a completely different experience with an age group reaching up to 16. No matter what your strengths are, Vision Nepal will help you pick the right project where you can come away knowing you’ve made a difference. Aside from volunteer opportunities, Vision Nepal also searches for donors to sponsor a child for child education. donation of $299/ pays for one child to have a full year of quality education including any materials they will need.
Vision Nepal seeks caring and motivated volunteers to support our community development program and contribute to complementary projects, caring for children in supporting street children.
Teaching English in Public School or Buddhist Monastery:
Vision Nepal’s volunteer teaching English in Public School or Buddhist monastery project offers volunteers a unique opportunity to gain insight into Buddhist culture and practice. The volunteering Buddhist monastery project aims to be an exchange between devoted practitioners of Buddhism and those from other cultures, who can share language and other skills. You will have one thing in common; a desire to learn. This project is a great way for international volunteers to learn about Buddhist culture and have a platform to teach English to Buddhist monks.
Nepal is home to both Nepali and Tibetan monks:
Thousands of Tibetan monks have lived in exile in Nepal since Tibet was invaded by China in 1959. While the Tibetans are now free to practice their religion and express their culture and heritage, they remain an underprivileged and marginalized group within society.
Education in Buddhist monasteries in Nepal has focused on scriptures and beliefs. Despite a more recent expansion in the scope of subjects, which now include English and Computer Science, teaching remains rudimentary and standards very dramatically between institutions?
As a volunteer you will help provide basic conversational English to monks, who range from children to adults, in our partner institutions. You will work up to four hrs. a day, six days a week, teaching English to Buddhist monks and arranging creative activities, such as games and painting. You are welcome to share any other area of expertise you may have with them; medicine, science, business or similar. These are all subjects that will be of benefit, as even Buddhist monasteries need to be run efficiently.
You will become a part of everyday life while living in a monastery; living among the residents, taking part in rituals and gaining a rare and unforgettable insight into spiritual life. Your placement will last between one week and four months, during which time you will live at the monastery; or, where space is in short supply, you will live with a nearby host family. Wherever you are located, the experience should be one of total immersion in both Nepali and Buddhist culture.