Equality in education for girls
Four years, four districts, and 48 schools.
The Sisters for Sisters’ Education project has been getting some of the country’s most vulnerable girls into education, and keeping them there.
A grassroots approach
Between early marriage, domestic duties and menstrual taboo, girls are being kept out of school in Nepal. And when they do get to class, it’s as though they aren’t there at all.
The prejudices against women and girls run through society, from the local level to policy-makers – and even among the girls themselves. Which is why change has to come from within the community.
Now in its second phase, the project will get 9,114 girls learning and growing through the power of role models. ‘Big Sisters’ – local women with training in life skills and education – mentor, inspire and motivate their ‘Little Sisters’, ensuring they get the education they need to unlock their potential.
Because education isn’t just about passing exams. For these girls, and many like them all over the world, it’s about taking control of their lives. It’s about confidence, self-reliance and lifting one another up from unjust circumstances.
And that’s just what they’re doing.
- We’ve trained 320 trained Big Sisters as guides and mentors for 1,283 Little Sisters.
- Through awareness exercises like community discussions and street dramas, the communities around 48 schools are taking active responsibility for ensuring that their girls get the education they deserve.
- 144 trained Adult Champions are actively supporting the Big Sisters.
- 152 teachers have been trained on gender-sensitive teaching methods, meaning 7,686 girls are being listened to and included in lessons.
- 93.8% of the Little Sisters said that they liked the mentoring approach of the project and thought it would help them stay in school.
- We will have reached 9,839 girls by the end of the project.
It’s really important for girls to have an education, so they don’t get downtrodden.”
Head teacher at one Sisters for Sisters school
Case studies from Sisters for Sisters
“I used to feel bad about my low performance” – Pramila's story
Pramila, 13, used to take the lion’s share of domestic work, leaving little time for study. But since she met her ‘Big Sister’ and mentor, Rama, her academic performance and confidence have greatly improved.
Meet Durga: A Big Sister with a huge impact
When Durga Dahal was 18, she dropped out of school to get married and dedicate her time to household chores. Now, she volunteers as a ‘Big Sister’, vulnerable girls in her home community of Ranighat to attend and stay in school.
VSO’s valued funding partners in Nepal include DFID, SAMRC and the EU. We have good relationships with Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD), Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Finance and the National Youth Council (NYC).