Improving Access to Rural Education

Our education projects focus on improving access to and quality of education for rural communities, with a particular focus on those who are marginalised or left behind.

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Education is one of the most important factors in eradicating poverty. PHASE Worldwide wants people to have access to opportunities, regardless of their location, gender, age, income, social status or disability.

Large disparities in education still exist in Nepal, with girls and rural communities particularly being left behind. Nationally, the male literacy rate is 71%, but only 44% for women (The Nepal Living Standards Survey 2010-2011). In many of the remote villages that PHASE works in, there has been an absence of any effective education services. Teacher training is limited, particularly in rural regions, and some of the areas have no trained teachers at all. Our data shows on average that primary school completion rates are under 30% for males and 20% for females.

Lack of education not only limits prospects for the future and has an impact on economic stability and health, but can also put people at risk of trafficking and exploitation. Our work links with the Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education – to achieve equal access to quality education, eradicate disparities and ensure that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030.


What do we do?

We work to increase access to quality education in rural regions through training, mentoring, supporting teachers, making schools child-friendly and inclusive.


of girls reach secondary school

and only 8% higher secondary school (Unicef 2018)

Access to education for women and girls in Nepal is particularly important, as they are currently under-represented in the Nepali education system. We support a girls’ empowerment programme which increases confidence and leadership skills alongside formal education. This work is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers and prevention of child marriage and trafficking. We hope our work can encourage a change in the social norms that limits the role of women in Nepalese communities, for a more positive and inclusive future of women and girls in Nepal.

We work with communities, Parent Teacher Associations and School Management Committees to raise awareness of the importance of education for all children.

We have delivered alternative classes to allow children who have been unable to attend school to reintegrate into mainstream schooling. As well as education for children, we also support adult education and literacy programmes.


What’s the impact?

Access to quality education is vital to break the cycle of poverty. Education leads to opportunities and the freedom of choice, particularly for the younger generation of Nepal.

It is never too late to stop learning, adults gaining literacy opens up many new opportunities for themselves and their families that ultimately enhances their quality of life. Over 90 women from Gorkha learnt to read and write through our adult literacy project in 2013-2014.


Mukti Adhikary

“I am a lower secondary teacher in Bhuddha Secondary School, Sirdibas and have been a teacher for nearly 20 years. I am glad to have been given the chance to receive such an integrated and practical teacher training session. Previously I gave lots of lectures to the children, however these new methods allow the children to think and discover in a way which I can manage. I feel more confident and passionate about my teaching after the training and I am excited to use the teaching practices in my classrooms.”


Education Projects

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Start Strong Project: Improving Maternal Healthcare and Reducing Malnutrition


The Start Strong Project is a three-year project, starting in April 2022 and running until March 2025. PHASE Worldwide secured funds for the project through…


Addressing Causes of Malnutrition

2018 - 2021

Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID)   Since March 2018, PHASE has been delivering a DFID funded project in Mugu that has been…


Rebuilding Communities

2016 - 2021

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund   What is it? PHASE Worldwide is delivering a five-year project which started in 2016. The project is based…


Tackling Malnutrition in Mugu – With a Focus on Women and Children

2015 - 2018

Funded by the Innocent Foundation   What is it? PHASE Worldwide completed a three-year project which was delivered between August 2015 – July 2018, funded…


Improving Food Security and Access to Basic Health Services – with a focus on Maternal and Child Health

2014 - 2017

Funded by the Department for International Development PHASE has recently finished running a three-year project (July 2014 – July 2017) funded by the Department for…


Education Stories

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Muga Nepali is a 51 year old mother of four, living in Natharpu, a village in the Mugu district. Muga and her family rely upon…



Mingmar is an inspirational young girl who lives with her family in the village of Chumchet, Gorkha. Prior to meeting PHASE, Mingmar spent most of…


Education Locations

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One of the districts most severely affected by the 2015 earthquakes. Combined with Sindhupalchok, 40% of deaths caused by the earthquake occurred across the two districts. Gorkha is primarily a rural municipality, with a population of around 32,500 people.



The majority of Mugu is rural, aside from an urban town in its centre.

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