In the past 50 years, there has been wide-spread advancement of educational facilities in Nepal. In the 1954 Population Census, national literacy was listed as only 5%; in 2001, it had increased to 48.2%. Over that same span, the number of primary, secondary and upper secondary schools ballooned from 300 to 26 thousand.
Despite these vast improvements, there remain a number of social, cultural and structural barriers to education – including poverty, caste separation, lack of physical access to schools during the monsoon season, and woefully under-funded facilities – that deny access to thousands and thousands of children.
The particular focus of NCEP is to overcome the barrier of poverty; we endeavour to offer children who dream of going to school the chance to do so, covering the full educational costs from enrolment until their secondary school graduation.
Through correspondence programs and fundraising platforms based on Nepali-Canadian school partnerships, NCEP endeavours to create a meaningful partnership between Nepal and Canada.