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Nepalese Girls are educated but NOT ALL OF THEM

Female education in Nepal has always been a critical issue. Though it has improved from a stage where educating girls was unknown to a stage where qualified girls are working at different levels and sectors, female education in Nepal still is not comprehensive. Still, in the villages females are restricted from education for helping their parents or looking after younger siblings or getting married.

Nepalese government, social organizations, social leaders, have taken initiatives to improve the female education status in the villages via awareness campaigns, street dramas etc. Yet barriers like socio-cultural orientation, financial status, immigration of male members of family, limited job prospects, have been hindering the desired growth of female education in Nepal.

Hence, female education in Nepal has to be enhanced by increasing grass root awareness via partnership between the local social leaders and the government so that female education prospers along with enough job prospects for females.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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Aminah's picture

Dear Prashamsa, I have had

Dear Prashamsa,

I have had the opportunity to visit Nepal and I was very impressed with the number of women enrolled in University.
At that time Maldives didn't even have a single University. So I was very impressed.
But I guess the population there being considerably than ours, socioeconomic problems will also be more so compared to ours.

I assume general education is free even over there?
What about those who complete high school or college. Do they continue onto University or do most women stop at that?



Prashamsa's picture

Dear Aminah First of all,

Dear Aminah

First of all, thank you for your interest in the educational sector of Nepal. Yes, Nepal has comparatively more population and therefore, more socio-economic problems especially economic constraints than Maldives. Here, the general education is free till secondary level in schools run by the government. But, government schools usually lag far behind the private schools in terms of quality of education, infrastructures and overall child development aspects. Hence, these schools are providing access to education in the villages and in the cities also but their effectiveness and their huge gap with the private schools is always in question.

As I've said in my post also, in the cities, women are well educated and they complete their high school, college and even university both by studying in Nepal as well as by studying abroad. In fact,education till Bachelor's level has sort of been a criteria for getting a job in the highly competitive job market of Nepal. But, in the village especially in the rural areas finding women who can even properly read and write can also be troublesome.

I hope I made myself clear to your queries.

AbbyBrown's picture

Grassroots solutions

Thank you for sharing the experience of Nepalese women and girls. I agree that grassroot solutions are a step towards getting quality education into villages and communities outside of the cities.

Your knowledge of the education system really shines through in your post.



Abby A's picture

Solution oriented and well spoken


You are well educated and articulate about problems facing edication and access to education for Nepalese women. I am wondering how you came to be so well-informed, what was your journey like? I am also wondering if you could speak more about the social pressures for not pursuing education, have these pressures always remained the same or changed over time? Do you know of any grassroots efforts that are happening now?

I am so intrigued to hear more of your perspective.

Thanks for sharing!
Abby A

Prashamsa's picture

Thanks Abby for your

Thanks Abby for your feedback. I know about the problems that Nepalese girls are facing in education because news stories and personal stories like this are shared frequently in my community. Personally, I did not face any restrictions in education since I was born in a well educated family and that is why I could choose my own area of study and complete one of the toughest degrees 'MBA".

But, talking about the general condition the social pressures are varied in case of cities and villages or rural areas. if we go to the rural areas you might feel fortunate if you find girls who are going to school or who have completed at least primary level of education. Lots of factors like uneven development of the country, difficult geographical terrain, lack of income generation sources and effects of the 12 years long internal conflict due to Maoist revolution has led this areas to be focused on survival rather than other needs like education. In villages, which are in close proximity to the cities, you can find girls who have completed their school or even those who go to colleges. These girls however face the social pressure of getting married if a good marriage proposal comes. After that, only few of them get the opportunity to study further.

Now, lets come to the cities, in cities all of the girls have at least intermediate degree. They have little pressure to confirm since life is comparatively much easier here since city dwellers do not face acute problem to survive though living in cities adds lost of cost of living due to high costs of living. In cities, girls even go to foreign universities to complete their desire level of education. Even if they are married, which usually happens once they complete their bachelors level, they get ample opportunities to continue their education of Masters (if they want) after marriage. That's why I say there a huge disparity in the educations status of Nepali girls. I hope I cleared your queries. If you need any further explanations, let me know.

akaneko's picture

Dear Prashamsa, Thank you for

Dear Prashamsa,

Thank you for sharing this journal entry with us. As others have already mentioned, you did a wonderful job of explaining the current situation for girls' education in Nepal and clearly laid out your thoughts on the possible solutions for tackling this critical issue. I also enjoyed reading your responses to previous comments, which gave us more insight into your personal journey and how you came to be so well-informed about the struggle for gender equality in education. You serve as an important voice in this discussion and we all appreciate you contributing to this forum!

Best wishes,


Prashamsa's picture

Dear Alison, Thank you for

Dear Alison,

Thank you for liking my writing.

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