out-of-school children at primary level in Nepal (UNESCO)


UWS schools open or in development


children attending UWS schools



Nepal has fairly recently 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 Fund. Nepal’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, often in very basic condition and not always fit-for-purpose. The 2015 earthquake only worsened the situation, with the limited educational facilities in place being severely damaged or destroyed completely.

UWS is committed to transforming the lives of out-of-school children and their communities in Nepal by ensuring they have access to a quality education.






Our first school in Nepal opened in May 2016 in the Sankhuwasbha district.  At the start of 2018, we expanded further to the Gulmi district. In these rural areas, very few children are receiving a full course of primary education.



These areas are extremely remote, with very basic or non-existent educational opportunities. Poor quality four-by-four tracks provide the only access to villages. This means government educational provision struggles to reach these communities. UWS provides these remote communities with the opportunity to attend school.   



The key challenge UWS Nepal has had to address came in the wake of the second devastating earthquake in May 2015. The epicentre was close to Sankhuwashabha, one of the regions we work in. With major damage to at least 180 classrooms in government schools across the district, our support for the region became even more important. All of our school buildings have an earthquake-proof design.



Our schools in Nepal are built by the community in the heart of their villages and are managed by their own School Support Committees trained by UWS staff. We train members of the community to be teachers and form a governing body, ensuring their engagement and commitment to the project.

United World Schools Nepal is an independent organisation entirely funded by United World Schools. For more information on opportunities for staff and Fellows in Nepal, please visit their website




Our Nepal Fellowship Programme aims to improve the quality of teaching in our UWS Nepal Schools, whilst providing an opportunity for young Nepali graduates to gain valuable experience and make a real impact on the lives of remote and marginalised communities. Fellows undergo a rigorous selection process and extensive training to give them the skills to improve the educational standards of our UWS Nepal schools.

You can read more about our Fellowship here



Swaraj attends UWS Helu Besi School in Eastern Nepal. Helu Besi community is located in the Himalayan foothills, an area of great beauty and poverty. A four hour walk from the nearest town, Helu Besi's residents survive entirely off agriculture, and Swaraj's mother works hard to support her family.

Swaraj’s day begins with a trip into the nearby forest to collect fodder and firewood to use for cooking. As his mother leaves the house early to work in the fields, Swaraj prepares breakfast for his siblings. He looks forward to going to school each day, as he is an ambitious student.

Swaraj has high hopes for his future and believes that education will provide him with the tools he needs to become a doctor. Once he has a career, he would like to help support his mother, as his father died when he was young. An education is helping Swaraj dream of a better future.

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UWS Majhua School was one of the first schools to benefit from our Fellowship Programme. Our fellow in Majhua, Binata Gurung, has been working hard and we have seen a big improvement in the literacy and numeracy of our students. Binata has also been focusing on healthy living, providing children with toothbrushes, toothpaste and regularly conducting hand-washing and brushing drills. Binata has also initiated regular meetings with the Majhua community. So far these meetings have generated a lot of interest in the school. Most recently the people of Majhua came together to make a bamboo fence and dustbins for the school. Binata’s presence at the school has had an extremely positive impact!

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United World Schools Nepal is an independent organisation entirely funded by United World Schools. For more information, visit their website


UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2016
UWS Impact Data, March 2017
International Monetary Fund