21.03.2012 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

UNESCO initiative to increase capacity of Nepal’s non-formal education sector goes into next phase

©UNESCO -Ichiro Miyazawa sharing experiences from other Asian countries

The capacity assessment exercise for the non-formal education (NFE) sector in Nepal has now been completed. On the basis of the findings of the assessment, an overview capacity development plan has been drafted.

To mark the occasion, UNESCO in partnership with the Non-formal Education Centre (NFEC) organized a workshop on 13 March 2012 to present the findings from the assessment and review and add to the list of appropriate capacity development responses.

Around 40 participants, including representatives of the Ministry of Education, the NFEC, I/NGOs and community learning centres and education experts actively participated in the workshop.


Specialists from the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL) and the UNESCO Regional Bureau of Education, Asia and the Pacific Region presented the findings from UNESCO programme for Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) and shared information on similar capacity assessments in other Asian countries.


The findings of the assessment including the methodology used were presented by UNESCO consultants, whereas the overview capacity development plan was introduced  by the NFEC.  The overview plan is now being finalized taking into account the numerous, very constructive suggestions from workshop participants and will shortly be made available by the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu. 


Together with the NFEC, UNESCO will apply for CapEFA funding for a second phase of activities (2012-2013) to assist in the sustained capacity development of the non-formal education sub-sector, contributing to the development of the education system in Nepal. Other development partners are encouraged to use the report and plan as basis for planning further support to NFE sector in Nepal.

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