World Education Nepal takes a holistic approach to provide quality learning opportunities in both formal schools and in non-formal education—and along the entire learning continuum from early childhood development (ECD) to vocational trainings and literacy classes for adults.
In the formal education sector, World Education has deep experience in Nepal improving reading and classroom instruction, developing teaching and learning materials (including in underserved languages), and strengthening systems to improve learning outcomes.
World Education not only focuses on early grade reading, but also on math, early childhood development, student-centered teaching, and inclusive education for differently-abled students. Beyond the classroom, World Education strengthens school management and community engagement.
At the national level, World Education has been working for more than a decade to build the capacity of government staff to manage and use data in their national education management and information system. World Education also worked with the Ministry of Education on the development of the national non-formal education program that eventually became the national literacy campaign.
Finally, in keeping with its comprehensive approach, World Education has played a central role in the integration of messages on health, microfinance, self-employment, and peace building into literacy curricula that are widely used throughout Nepal.
Early Grade Reading and Early Grade Math
World Education began its work in Nepal in 1976 with a focus on literacy and has continued its leadership in reading and curriculum development to the present day: early grade reading and education quality improvement services currently reach one-third of the country.
Through technical support for teacher training, parental and community engagement activities, and provision of grade-appropriate learning materials (for grades 1-3), World Education has seen significant improvements in children’s reading achievement. This expertise in early grade reading and a commitment to helping Nepal meet its goal of enabling children to learn in their mother tongue has led to the development of early grade reading and teaching materials in multiple languages. Materials developed by World Education are currently used in more than 9,500 schools across Nepal.