In 2006, Nepal emerged from a 10-year civil war, fuelled by high levels of poverty, inequality and exclusion.

With over half the population surviving on less than $1.25 a day, Nepal has been ranked 19th poorest country in the world by the International Monetary FundNepal’s literacy rate is among the lowest in the world, despite over 80 percent of boys attending some schooling. Only a small minority of girls attend school which perhaps contributes to the high rate of child marriage, with as many as 37% of girls marrying before they turn 18 (UNESCO).

In rural villages, educational provision is extremely basic or non-existent. Although school buildings often do exist, they are typically poorly resourced and often in very basic condition. The 2015 earthquake worsened the situation, with the limited educational facilities in place being severely damaged or destroyed completely.

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