HOPE worldwide Nepal believes that whether you are addressing problems related to healthcare, poverty, population control, unemployment or human rights, there is no better place to start than in the corridors of education. That is because education is the means as well as the end to a better life. While it empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood, it also increases one’s awareness on a range of issues, thus in the process making the individual evolve as a better citizen. Asha Vidhyashram School is a programme which focuses on basic education underprivileged children in Kathmandu. Through the programme, Asha Vidhyashram School promotes universal education and creates the process required to streamline the underprivileged children into mainstream schools in a more sustained manner.
The programme seeks to address critical issues such as focusing on non-school going children, drop-outs and quality education. It strives to bring non-school going children, mainly first generation learners, and school drop-outs under the education network through bridge education and subsequent mainstreaming to the formal system. The programme also makes provision of remedial classes for children, who regularly go to school, in order to ensure that they get adequate help and support in studying subjects they find difficult to cope with.
Emphasising on quality education, the programme makes provision for suitably qualified teachers, teaching and learning material, uniform, bags and stationery for the children, nutritional requirements, and recreational facilities like indoor games
There are 5,000 beneficiaries in Asha School, Balaju Height and Kathmandu. Also, a qualitative growth in the programme was achieved this year, wherein all the initiatives and activities were made more comprehensive. There were 20 teacher training sessions which were held at regular intervals during the year for capacity building of the teachers. Teachers were trained in these sessions. Health camps were organized at different centres of the country regularly throughout the year. Among the health care services provided in these camps were general health check-ups, dental check-ups, distribution of deworming medicines, and distribution of iron and calcium tablets.