50% of children in government run schools, especially in rural areas, do not pass their secondary grade 10 exam standards.
STARTING OFF WITH A DISADVANTAGE DOESN'T MEAN FAILURE. WE ARE RAYS OF HOPE.
It's no surprise that being an underprivileged child in a third world country starts them with a great disadvantage socially and economically. Education and school choices are highly influenced by an individual family’s income. With this in mind, a bad situation can get worse for some families. Parents who can afford to do so, are able to send their children to the local private schools to receive a good education. Private school is the norm in Nepal, not the exception. Parents who cannot afford this, send their children to the government run schools. To help you understand the situation, even government employees don't send their children to government school. No one tries to send their kids to government schools. The majority of our tutored after school students have one or both parents who are effected by leprosy and have little to no chance to get into this better private education system. Education in the government schools is less rigorous and doesn't meet with the level of eduction or care found in the more common private schools which most children attend. 50% of children enrolled in government schools, especially in rural areas, do not pass the basic minimum standard passing exam. When parents see little chance for their children to succeed in such an environment, schooling loses its value for parents to invest the effort in. It's situations such as this that help foster child labor issues. Nepal wants and is trying to correct this and we want to help them.
Investing into Nepali children's education is crucial for the success of Nepal. Nepal is ranked 136th in the world for its literacy rate. Close to 40% of the population is illiterate. Without education, the chains of poverty will often keep these children from breaking out of their marginalized situation. In worse situations, the lack of education and poverty can combine to play a large role in putting children at risk. But starting off with a disadvantage does not mean that these kids can't win big! They can thrive, with your help.
THE AFFECTS OF TOUCH NEPAL'S RAYS OF HOPE TUTORING CENTER
Since we started just a few years ago, many children who regularly attend the tutoring center, have now passed their very important S.E.E. grade 10 examinations! The Secondary Education Examination, abbreviated as SEE, is the final examination in the secondary school system of Nepal. Nepali's call this the Iron Gate! Its important but not easy for them to pass! This is the point where students who pass can start to consider career path choices through further education. But they cannot go onto further education without passing this level. Thus, the gate shuts on future education at grade 10 if they do not pass.
A DAY AT THE TUTORING CENTER
Touch Nepal supported tutors bring the children through guided help according and specialized to each child's need. Often the parents will make us aware of a place within the education where there is struggle. The children enjoy coming to the center and we are seeing a real community of children growing their friendship for one another. As the confidence of the children build within Ray's of Hope, we are seeing strengthened relationships between the privately schooled children and the government /tutored children as well. Bikash Pariyar says, "We've seen many children start out having great struggles in their school work but now after being in our tutoring program, they are passing their exams with excellent marks!"
BIKASH PARIYAR | TOUCH NEPAL DIRECTOR OF RAYS OF HOPE
The center is run by Bikash Pariyar. Bikash also grew up in Khokana and his parents are both leprosy affected. Touch Nepal started investing in Bikash's education starting in 2014. Since them, Bikash has gone on to graduate from Pokhara University with his bachelors in business administration. Bikash has now started his masters degree in 2017 through Tribuvhan University and received the highest marks of all applicants on the difficult entrance examination. We are so proud of Bikash and honored to support him and work with him.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO COME TO THE TUTORING CENTER?
It's free. How is that possible? It's because of supporters like you. Ray's of Hope tutoring center is 100% funded by donors of Touch Nepal! Amazing!