08.03.2012 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

We need better training to teach people how to read and write, say Nepal’s literacy facilitators

©UNESCO -Participants in the data collection workshop

To cut back its still very high illiteracy rate, Nepal is in need of improved knowledge of adult learning including quality and equity, policy and priority setting, and monitoring and evaluation.

This is the preliminary result of the assessment of the capacity of non-formal education sector that the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu is presently conducting together with Nepal’s Non Formal Education Center (NFEC).  As a part of the exercise, two-day  data collection workshops were recently organized in Nepalganj, Kathmandu and Biratnagar.


Karuna Chaudhary, a facilitator of literacy class in Morang, who participated in one of the workshops, brings her lack of capacity to the point: “The training provided by NFEC to conduct adult literacy does not provide adequate knowledge and techniques about how to deal with adult illiterate women, I treated them as I was taught during my school days, which was not liked by them“, she said.


Sita Neupane from Sunsari, who is also literacy facilitator, said, “I of course speak Tharu, our local language.  But to facilitate teaching and learning, I need material that is relevant to our people here and that is in our language”.


Representatives from NFEC, District Education Offices, district level line agencies, NGOs, local experts, Community Learning Center (CLC) management committee members, literacy supervisors, literacy facilitators, etc. from 15 districts participated in the three workshops. Altogether 24 districts were covered for data/information collection during the capacity assessment exercise.


Preliminary findings from each workshop were shared with the participants for the validation of the workshop outcomes with regard to capacity gaps at all levels.  Comparative findings indicated more capacity gaps at district and community level compared to national level, which reflects the reality on the ground.


A validation workshop was organized on 4 March 2012 to share the results of the assessment among wider stakeholders and set priorities for the capacity development plan.


UNESCO plans to prepare the draft capacity development plan by mid March 2012 in consultation with the advisory team and the assessment team. The draft plan will be shared among key stakeholders including EFA development partners to obtain their feedback and suggestion for its finalization.  The final report.  will be presented to the Ministry of Education for endorsement.   


This plan will be used for the preparation of  the second phase of CapEFA programme  (2012-2013) aiming at the sustained capacity development of the non-formal education sub-sector, contributing to the development of the education system in Nepal.

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