Project overview:
  • To convey basic skills in reading, writung and calculating
  • Project components:
  • Lessons in small groups provided by a local NGO
  • Control and support by Rotary Club of Patan
  • Introduction of micro-finance schemes
  • Results:
  • Participants are able to read simple sentences
  • Participants can write at least the names of their family members
  • Micro-finance groups help establishing new small businesses
  • Participants are very keen to learn
  • The project included up to now more than 3000 women

Female literacy
After the first projects carried out by the The Nepal Relief Association were dedicated to schools situated in the Gorkha region, the commitment of the still young organisation expanded to the education of adults, which has ever since been included in the organisation¿s program. In countries like Nepal, men receive a better education than women, a fact that is until today still particularly valid in rural areas in comparison to the cities. Thereby, it is the woman having the largest influence on the family and children. It is the woman who sends the children to school and who transfers knowledge to them. Therefore, it is important and necessary to educate females, to teach them how to read and how to write.
Following 2004, the subject received fresh impetus given the cooperation with Rotary Clubs in Germany and Nepal. While the The Nepal Relief Association together with the German Clubs took over the function as sponsors and consultants, it was the task of the Nepali Clubs to find appropriate project areas, to establish and cultivate the contact to organisations carrying out the project, like Samjihauta Nepal, as well as to control and document the project¿s success on the basis of regular visits.
In numerous cycles, 800 women respectively got integrated into the projects in the districts Bara, Rasuwa and Lalitpur. They were between 18 and 35 years old and have not had any access to schools or other educational institutions so far on grounds of their race, caste or financial reasons. The lessons took place in groups of always 20 women and were implemented by local partners (Samjhauta Nepal and New Young Star Club). In regular intervals, the participants¿ progress was assessed in the form of short tests in order to adapt the lessons to the requirements on the one hand and in order to receive an overview of the progress made by the individual participants on the other hand.
Apart from reading and writing, economic skills were also imparted. The women developed in their groups a micro financial system, in the framework of which they could raise a credit and refund the money paying interest. The decision about what kind of credit is granted, the determination of the interest rate and the punishment in case of non-adherence to the agreements completed was made by the women themselves. In an evaluation of the project, most women were in a position to read and write simple sentences. They highly profit from the newly developed micro financial systems enabling them to manage a complete new field of independent economic activity. However, it is at least equally important that the awareness of the utility and the necessity of education has risen, that women pass on their knowledge to their children, that they motivate their children to learn and to visit school.

¿success story¿: Jamburi Tamang, 55 years old, living in Brabal, is very happy these days. Recently, she began to learn the Nepali alphabet for the first time. She has never visited a school. Now she is already dreaming of enthusing her granddaughter, having so far also only helped in the household, about school attendance. ¿We could learn together then¿. For this purpose, Jamburi visited the nearby primary school and gathered information about the possibilities for her granddaughter. She invited her neighbours and various relatives to follow her example and to enroll their children in school, too.