Transforming education in Nepal

In recent years, Nepal has improved both access and equity in education and has succeeded in ensuring all genders are represented equally in primary and secondary classrooms. Building on these successes, Nepal is focused on improving the quality of learning and teaching and addressing persistent inequalities, often as a result of income, location, ability or gender.

The government and its partners agree that the biggest barriers to transformational change fall within three priority areas against a larger backdrop of making the recent federal transition work: quality teaching, early childhood education and gender equality.

To unlock large-scale change, Nepal, with the support of GPE, will work on local and provincial governments’ capacities to ensure that there are enough trained, competent and motivated teachers; early childhood centers meet quality standards to ensure children’s school readiness and the foundations of their development; and schools are more gender sensitive and socially inclusive.

Result story

Nepal: Reaching the most disadvantaged children with education

  • The Girls' Access to School (GATE) program offers 9 months of classes to vulnerable girls to prepare them for public school.
  • 12-year-old Barsha, who had never attended school, is one of the beneficiaries of this program, and got the opportunity to learn Nepali, English, math, social studies and science.
  • The GATE program relies on the Equity Index to target its support. This index was developed with GPE’s support and captures data on disparities in education. Since its launch in 2016, the number of out-of-school children in targeted districts has decreased by 60%.


(data as of February 22, 2024)

  • Type: System transformation

    Years: 2023 - 2026

    Allocation: US$20,000,000

    Utilization: US$93,862

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2023 - 2027

    Allocation: US$3,399,604

    Utilization: US$38,473

    Grant agent: UNICEF, WB

  • Type: Program implementation and Multiplier

    Years: 2020 - 2022

    Allocation: US$24,200,000

    Utilization: US$23,203,137

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: COVID-19

    Years: 2020 - 2022

    Allocation: US$11,000,000

    Utilization: US$8,380,565

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2019 - 2021

    Allocation: US$496,698

    Utilization: US$461,101

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2018 - 2019

    Allocation: US$129,995

    Utilization: US$129,995

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2016 - 2019

    Allocation: US$59,300,000

    Utilization: US$59,197,825

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2015 - 2016

    Allocation: US$387,608

    Utilization: US$387,608

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2014 - 2015

    Allocation: US$155,322

    Utilization: US$155,322

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2010 - 2014

    Allocation: US$117,760,473

    Utilization: US$117,760,473

    Grant agent: WB

Civil society engagement

As part of its investment in civil society advocacy and social accountability efforts, GPE’s Education Out Loud fund is supporting:

  • The National Campaign for Education Nepal (NCE-Nepal) for the 2020-2023 period. This builds on previous support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).
  • The South Asian Assessment Alliance led by Street Child for the 2021-2023 period.
  • The Tax Education Alliance (TaxEd) led by ActionAid International for the 2021-2023 period.

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