Education in figures:
  • Number of priamry schools 25.000 (1999) - 31.000 (2008)
  • Number of lower secondary schools 7200 (1999) - 10.600 (2008)
  • Number of higher secondary schools 4000 (1999) - 6500 (2008)
  • Priamry school enrollment: 85% (2004) -, 91,9% (2008)
  • literacy rate overall: 63,7%
  • literacy rate male: 68,5%
  • literacy rate female: 42,5%

In the meantime it is well-acknowledged in international development cooperation that education is essential, both for the development of the individual person and for entire societies. Who can read and write has not only in the world of working persons a substantial advantage. When formulating the millennium development objectives, the UN also acknowledged this fact and stipulated the target to give a basic education to all people until the year 2015. Also target No. 3, aiming at the empowerment and equality of women takes this insight into account, as the share of women and girls in educational institutions lies particularly in the poorest countries behind the share of their male age-mates.
Also in Nepal, gratifying changes in the educational sector can be seen, encouraged through the concentration of measures taken with regard to this development target. The government placed high financial means at the disposal in order to improve the educational infrastructure; particularly in the districts, new school buildings were established and the number of students constantly increases so that it is hoped that Nepal will reach the millennium goal of securing a basic education for all until year 2015.
In spite of the gratifying development, a detail look behind the scenes often reveals substantial shortcomings. Often, the new school buildings are too small and not furnished; there is a lack of school books and qualified teachers.
There is also progress with regard to adult education, although not as strong as in the school sector. A large part of analphabets constitutes of women, often of women from underprivileged castes. The Nepal Relief Association therefore focuses both on the support of measures taken for school education and on the education of women. This encloses the alphabetization projects as well as the project on empowering the women¿s political role.
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