Capacity Development for Education (CapEd)

Project name :

Strengthening literacy and lifelong learning opportunities in Nepal Programme

Budget :

100K$ - 500K$

Project duration :


Location :

The project aims to increase the number of youth and adults who achieve literacy and numeracy through improved gender responsive planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of non-formal education.
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Nepal has achieved remarkable success in improving its literacy rate, which has risen from 21% to 68% (UIS, 2018) over the past decades. However, considering the inclusive definition of literacy, which goes far beyond the ability to read and write, there is still a need for assistance to support literacy and lifelong learning skills in Nepal.

Building on the past efforts under the Capacity Development for Education for All (CapEFA) Programme, the Capacity Development for Education (CapED) Programme will continue to advocate the importance of non-formal education and lifelong learning and lead the strategic support of non-formal education policymakers, service providers and local officials to adjust to the process of federalization and responsibilities in the education sector.

The current Programme is funded by Dubai Cares, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.


  • To support Nepal’s Ministry of Education Science and Technology to develop quality and evidence-based non-formal education and lifelong learning policies and local level plans to ensure the provision of flexible learning pathways in line with the new federal structure.

  • To equip non-formal education service providers in Nepal to deliver inclusive and relevant lifelong learning opportunities, particularly to girls and women.