UNESCO, UNFPA and UN Women Joint Programme for the Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women through Education

Project name :

Empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Women through the Provision of Comprehensive Sexuality Education and a Safe Learning Environment in Nepal, Duration: 26 June 2016 to 31 December 2021

Budget :

more than 5M$

Project duration :


Location :

Nepal: five target districts (Achham, Bajura, Rauthat, Sarlahi and Sunsari districts) in Province 1, and Sudurpashchim, Nepal
The project aims to empower marginalized adolescent girls and young women (in and out of school) in Nepal.
© UNESCO/Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi

The Joint Programme is an initiative under the framework of the Global Partnership between UNESCO, UNFPA and UN Women for Girls’ and Women’s Education – Better Life, Better Future, launched in 2011, which seeks to increase learning opportunities for adolescent girls and women and to find innovative solutions for some of the biggest challenges and obstacles to their education.

In Nepal, the Joint Programme was implemented from 2016-to 2021 in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology with financial support from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in five districts (Accham, Bajura, Rautahat, Sarlahi and Sunsari), with a focus on 14 municipalities, where girls and women are socio-economically marginalized and do not have easy access to safe water, sanitation, health services and other basic needs, due to which their opportunities to quality education have been denied or compromised.

The Joint Programme adopted a holistic and multi-sectoral strategy to break the cycle of exclusion and vulnerability, working in and across education, health, youth, skills development, and women’s economic empowerment. To ensure girls’ and women’s right to education and create an enabling environment for the most vulnerable, the Joint Programme primarily worked on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), Functional Literacy Classes (FLCs), Gender-Based Violence (GBV), WASH facility upscaling and vocational training in close coordination with Local/Federal governments, schools and Community Learning Centers (CLCs).


  • To foster an enabling environment to improve the quality and relevance of education for adolescent girls and young women
  • To empower vulnerable out-of-school girls and young women through increased access to quality education integrating Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and participation in the labour market
  • To create safe and healthy learning environments in school through the provision of information on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), Gender-Based Violence (GBV), reproductive health and improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • To enhance knowledge and attitudes at the community level in support of a safe and healthy learning environment
© UNESCO/Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi

I used to think that I was a poor student, but now I know that I am a good student and can do well. The Functional Literacy Classes (FLCs) has improved my life. Now I am confident that I will do well in the future.

Komal Kumari Sah, JP beneficiary and an advocate for girls’ education



“I want to see women become more capable. Success brings confidence, and I want to help other girls become successful,” Niva Gupta Rajdevi, JP beneficiary



“The programme changed my life,” Paswan says. “I used to feel ignorant before, but I am now worldly and wise.”  Pawan Rekha paswan, JP beneficiary

JP Communications Products

  • Joint Programme Best Practices Booklet (English/Nepali) (2021)
  • Joint Programme Beneficiary Stories (2021)
  • A Panel discussion on the importance of girls’ education (30-minute Video)-Image Television (2021)
  • “Unwritten Destiny”: TV drama with three girls’ stories on girl’s education-Nepal Television (2021)
    • Story of Meera
    • Story of Anjali
    • Story of Maiya
  • TV PSA #LearningNeverStops (1-minute Video) -Nepal Television (2021)
  • A Documentary Film on International Day of Girl Child (2020)
  • “Holistic Development of Adolescent girls” (17-minute Video) (Nepali/English) (2019)
  • Empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Women” in Rautahat (5-minute Video) (2017)
  • A brochure: the aims and objectives of the JP (Nepali, English, 2016)

JP Knowledge Products

A. International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education (ITGSE) in Nepali (2021) (English- Original Version)

    C. Infographics (Virtual Learning materials) on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) (2021)

    1. Module 1: Understanding Gender, Patriarchy and GBV (Nepali/Acchami/Bajjika)
    2. Module 2: Formation and Jurisdiction of Local Judicial Committee (Nepali/Acchami/Bajjika)
    3. Module 3: Complaint Registration Procedure (Nepali/Acchami/Bajjika)
    4. Module 4: Evidence Examination and Hearing (Nepali/Acchami/Bajjika)
    5. Module 5: Reconciliation Procedure under Local Judicial Committee (Nepali/Acchami/Bajjika)
    6. Module 6: Interim Protection Order and Decision (Nepali/Acchami/Bajjika)
    7. Module 7: Property Confiscation and Implementation of Decision (Nepali/Acchami/Bajjika)
    8. Module 8: GBV Referral Pathway (Nepali/Acchami/Bajjika)
    9. Module 9: Establishment of GBV Elimination Fund (Nepali/Acchami/Bajjika)

    D. Comic book on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (Nepali) (2019)

     E. Functional Literacy Course (FLC) Materials (Nepali/Maithali) (2017)

    F. Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Manual for Local Governments (Nepali)

    JP Media Coverage