Nepal is the poorest country in South Asia and ranks as the twelfth poorest country in the world. However, over the last decade the country has made considerable progress in reducing poverty. This progress is mainly due to the money generated from tourism and the increase in foreign tourist companies investing in the area.
Unfortunately Nepal has a literacy rate at 65.9% hence the need for investment and improvement of schools particularly in rural areas, where the villages are still poor and have no electricity. Access to education for girls and women is especially hard due to cultural and socioeconomic barriers.
CRED Foundation is embarking on new partnerships with two schools in Nepal, and through those schools will be engaging with their local communities.
Bhimsen Primary School (PS) and Higher Secondary School (HSS)
Bhimsen Primary School (PS) and Higher Secondary School (HSS) is a thriving rural school west of Baglung, about 12 hours west of the capital Kathmandu. It caters for between 650-800 students, depending on the intake in a given academic year, serves more than 6 local communities and has a total staff of 26 teachers.
- The Secondary School (HSS) specialises in technical streams; engineering, science (notably chemistry and physics) and computer science. These streams help students specialise ahead of university
- The Primary School is located on the same grounds and is a direct feeder to the secondary school
- Bhimsen HSS is currently in the process of constructing a new engineering building for yr1 BA studies
- The school has a principal, a committee of governors, and is fully state funded by the Nepalese govt
Our second schools partner in Nepal is Shee Janabhawana Primary School
For both schools there is a great opportunity for CRED Team Trips to get involved and provide further support through provision of teams and the educational activity weeks. We are also looking forward to exploring other opportunities to support these schools as the partnerships develop over time.