Nepal has nearly achieved universal enrolment in primary education and has made significant improvements in gender parity in primary and secondary education. However, many challenges persist for young women and adolescent girls in terms of access, participation and completion of good quality education. There is a need for a holistic and comprehensive approach to girls and women’s education and for creating an enabling environment.
Kathmandu Office, with the continued support of its technical and financial partners, contributes to improve the quality education through mainstreaming gender in education policies, plans, pedagogies, curricula and the school environment, making them relevant and empowering, encouraging adolescent girls to stay in and complete school.
Adolescent Girls and Young Women through the Provision of Comprehensive Sexuality Education and a Safe Learning Environment in Nepal” is an integral part of the joint UNESCO-UNFPA-UN Women programme funded by the Republic of Korea to the amount of USD 5 million through its International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The project will be implemented in five districts of Nepal – Rauthat, Sarlahi, Sunsari, Achham and Bajura - for a period of six years (2016-2021).
“I could not study as I married at an early age. Now I will try to educate my brothers and sisters not to make the same mistake that I made.”
The holistic development of adolescent girls
- To develop capacity of key institutions and actors to mainstream comprehensive sexuality education and gender-based violence, through policies, curriculum and training, in formal and non-formal education to foster a safe learning environment, especially for adolescent girls and young women;
- To enhance access to, participation, transition and achievement in education and functional literacy, especially for adolescent girls and young women;
- To increase access for vulnerable, out-of-school adolescent girls and young women to comprehensive sexuality, gender-based violence, including violence against women and girls and reproductive health information, services, life skills and other relevant programmes;
- To foster a safe and healthy environment which is conducive to adolescent girls' and young women's learning by addressing gender-based violence, improving provisions of healthy food, clean water and sanitation, and strengthening favourable societal attitudes and service delivery mechanisms.