ERIC Number: ED425891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Promotion of Girls' Education through Recruitment and Training of Female Teachers in Nepal (Phase I). Mid-Decade Review of Progress towards Education for All.
Thapa, Bijaya; Bajracharya, Hridaya; Thapa, Renu; Chitrakar, Roshan; Lamichhane, Shreeram; Tuladhar, Sumon
In 1995, the International Consultative Forum on Education for All commissioned case studies in developing countries as part of a mid-decade review of progress in expanding access to basic education. This paper examines the progress of Nepal's Basic and Primary Education Master Plan (BPEP), which aims to increase female participation in formal and nonformal education programs and to train women teachers. BPEP has two key targets for the year 2001: 100 percent gross enrollment for girls in primary school and a national primary teaching staff that is 30 percent female. Eleven initiatives address various aspects of the problem, providing basic education and skills training to out-of-school girls, raising awareness in rural villages of the need for girls' education, offering in-service training to teachers in remote areas, providing scholarships and stipends to girls at all levels of schooling, recruiting and hiring new female teachers, publicizing BPEP goals and activities, sponsoring literacy classes, and providing technical assistance to community schools. Analysis of quantitative data suggests that BPEP goals will not be met by 2001 and may take an additional 12 years. A large 1995 survey identified educational risk factors for girls but also pointed out the fallacy of relying exclusively on quantitative data for program planning. Marriage customs, family expectations, and religion influence attitudes toward girls' education, and local people must be involved in designing the programs meant to change their lives. (Contains 15 references and 12 data tables.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Education for All Forum Secretariat.
Identifiers - Location: Nepal