Nepal

Country Profile

Nepal is a small, landlocked country located between China and India. It is around 56,827 square miles and houses a population of nearly 30 million. It is a diverse country that has everything from mountains and wetlands to hills, caves, and plains. In fact, there are around 6000 rivers flowing through Nepal. These geographical features contribute to Nepal’s multitude of climates. In Nepal, for every 1000 meters you gain in altitude, the average temperature drops by 6ºC. Furthermore, the temperature can also vary based on where you are in the country. Northern Nepal often experiences frigid winters and cool summers, while southern Nepal often experiences scorching summers and moderate winters. The drastic difference in elevation has also resulted in a variety of biomes in the country. Overall, Nepal is probably best known for its mountains. Eight out of the ten tallest mountains in the world are located in Nepal, including Mount Everest. Sadly, Nepal is often prone to Earthquakes, as it is located right above the Indian plate, which frequently moves. Furthermore, Nepal often experiences flooding and landslides.

As declared in the Constitution of Nepal, Nepal is a secular country, which means that its citizens can practice whatever religion they want to. While the majority of Nepalians are Hindus, 86% to be exact, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism, and Bon are all religions practiced in Nepal. In fact, religion is so important to this country that slaughtering cows is illegal. There are also many rituals marking key moments for children. Besides religions, Nepal also houses 125 distinct ethnic groups that speak a total of 123 languages. The major languages in Nepal include Nepali, Maithili, and Bhojpuri.

POPULATION

29,626,628 (as of June 2021)

CAPITAL

Kathmandu

CURRENCY

Nepalese rupee

FUN FACT

Red is Nepal’s national color

Our Efforts

Problems Observed

While Nepal has made recent progress in education, statistics from the UN show that there are still 770,000 children between the ages of 5 and 12 that do not attend school. Attendance for early childhood education remains at 51%. The UN has also discovered many inequities in the education sector. Only 12% of children from the lowest wealth quintile are enrolled in a school compared to the 65% from the highest wealth quintile. In addition, 71% of men can read and write while only 44% of women can. Because of these inequities, not all students are provided an equal opportunity to succeed in life. After careful research, the UN has also determined that only half of the students in grades 3, 5, and 8 meet the expected criteria for math and Nepali, and this is due to Nepal’s poor education system. Very few schools in Nepal meet the child-friendly school standards. In terms of health and hygiene, the UN has also confirmed that 16% of Nepalians still partake in open defecation



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Our Response

General Summary of our work:
Strive2Thrive Edu is currently partnered with an orphanage and school in an underprivileged area in Nepal. By doing this, we are helping close the education gap between different wealth quintiles. Our tutors offer a variety of classes, including math, health and hygiene, etc. We hope that these extra lessons will help students meet the expected criteria for classes and give more students a chance to learn. Our health and hygiene class is especially important, as it teaches our students how to protect themselves from sanitation-related diseases. Not only do we provide classes for the students, but we also provide vocational training for English teachers in Nepal. We are hoping that our work in Nepal will help improve individual schools and augment Nepal’s overall education system

Importance of our work section and some of the impacts: By partnering with organizations in rural areas, we are focusing on increasing school enrollment among children in lower wealth quintiles and giving underprivileged children a better chance to succeed. We hope that this will also decrease the education inequality between different wealth quintiles. We provide assistance to both students and teachers in Nepal. This way, more students will be able to meet the expected criteria for classes, and teacher’s will be able to create better lessons. In general, Strive2Thrive Edu is aiming to improve Nepal’s overall education system. While we offer many classes that help augment our students’ education, our health and hygiene class has proven to be especially helpful, due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Section:

 
 

Specific UN Goals: 3. Good Health and Well-Being

Description of what the goal is(write the target):

  • 3.3 FIGHT COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
  • 3.5 PREVENT AND TREAT SUBSTANCE ABUSE
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Project Nepal offers several health and hygiene classes, which help teach students how to protect themselves and others from communicable diseases and maintain healthy lifestyles. These classes have proven to be especially helpful during COVID-19. We are instilling these invaluable lessons in our students, so that in the future, they will be able to carry out these practices and keep themselves in good condition.

Specific UN Goals: 4. Quality Education

Description of what the goal is(write the target):

  • 4.1 FREE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
  • 4.5 ELIMINATE ALL DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION
  • 4.C INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu believes that every child deserves the right to a quality education, which is why all the lessons we offer are completely free of charge. There are no restrictions on who can and can’t learn, and we hope that this will help close the gender disparity in education. Furthermore, we also help English teachers improve the quality of their lessons through vocational training.

Specific UN Goals: 10. Reduced Inequalities

Description of what the goal is(write the target):

  • 10.3 ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND END DISCRIMINATION
  • 10.A SPECIAL AND DIFFERENTIAL TREATMENT FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: The lessons Strive2Thrive Edu offer are mainly for children in vulnerable situations. By doing this, we are hoping to ensure equal opportunities for all students in Nepal. Currently, Nepal is about to graduate from an LDC to a developing country, and Strive2Thrive Edu will continue to provide support to the students here.

Specific UN Goals: 17. Partnerships for the Goals

Description of what the goal is(write the target):

  • 17.16 ENHANCE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  • 17.17 ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu is currently partnered with an orphanage and school in an underprivileged region in Nepal. We have a team of dedicated tutors and offer a variety of classes to these students. We are hoping that this partnership will help contribute to the success of these students in the future.

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