Map of Nepal.103,384 primary-age children out of school

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

Now, over half the population survive on less than $1.25 a day. Nepal's literacy rate is among the lowest in the world, with many rural villages remaining unreached by government education.


Our work

  • 20+ community partnerships and local leadership committees
  • 3,000+ children enrolled in a UWS school
  • 200+ local and government teachers

Discover more about our life-changing work in Nepal. Listen to our podcast with UWS Nepal Country Director Surya Karki, as he shares his incredible personal journey growing up in rural Nepal and how that spurred him to establish United World Schools in Nepal.

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Meet Sona

Three girls stand outside temple in school uniform.

Sona is 10 years old and is the fourth of six children in her family. Her family depends on the $50 a month that Sona’s father earns as a farmer.

Sona is determined to lift her family out of poverty. She knows that education is the way to do this - that’s why she used to walk two hours each way to the nearest school. Although the long journey left her tired, she worked hard in class.

After UWS established a school near her village, her journey became a lot quicker. Sona has now been attending this local school for over three years and is thriving. She’s always at the top of her class and rarely misses a day of school.

After completing her education, Sona wants to become a doctor. By doing so, she hopes to challenge the traditional gender roles in her community.

Name has been changed to protect identity

Can you help other girls like Sona?


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