USAID Pledges up to $85 Million to Improve Nepali Education

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced significant support for Nepal’s education system. It pledged up to $85 million over five years to specifically improve access to quality education for underprivileged youth and young children. This funding strengthens the existing partnership between the U.S. and Nepal, demonstrating their shared commitment to Nepal’s development goals.

USAID official Zeinah Salahi highlighted the agency’s long-standing support for Nepal’s development journey. Salahi emphasized that this new support aims to create opportunities for Nepali children, empowering them to contribute meaningfully to their communities and the nation’s progress.

The $85 million will be directed towards three key areas. Firstly, USAID will collaborate with local governments to improve teaching methods for grades 1-3. This includes revising teacher training programs to better equip them to work with students from diverse backgrounds. Additionally, grants will be provided for essential school supplies in marginalized communities.

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Secondly, USAID will focus on strengthening Nepal’s education system. They will assist the Ministry of Education in improving access to education for grades 1-10, promoting equal opportunities for all students, and building a more resilient education system.

Finally, a program specifically targeting equity and inclusion aims to bring out-of-school children back into classrooms, reduce drop-out rates, and ensure all students receive a quality education. This program will be implemented by Plan International and its consortium partners.

USAID’s commitment extends beyond education. They collaborate with the Nepali government, civil society, and the private sector to address various challenges, including health, disaster preparedness, economic growth, and good governance. Their focus on marginalized youth and early learners in education aims to create a more inclusive and high-quality education system throughout Nepal. By ensuring all children have a chance to succeed in school, USAID contributes to building a brighter future for Nepal, where everyone can participate in the country’s democracy.