Our first country of operation, Room to Read Nepal, pioneered much of Room to Read’s early work. Today, our Literacy and Girls’ Education Programs thrive throughout Nepal and we continue to be a catalyst for change in the country’s educational landscape to transform the lives of Nepali children.

In our own words was initiated by the British Council in partnership with Room to Read Nepal and UNICEF Nepal to provide a platform for the visions and voices of 20 young writers from different parts of the country. The anthology includes two books "My Heroine" and "Our Lives Today" and are available in Nepali and English.

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A Country in Transition

Nepal resides in South Asia and is landlocked between China, India and Bangladesh. Nepali is the official language, however according to the most recent National Population and Housing Census, only 45 percent of the population speak Nepali and there are more than 123 other languages spoken as a mother tongue. Nepal is also home to at least four indigenous sign languages.

In 2018, a historic governmental transition took place in Nepal, as the country moved to a federal and secular republic. After the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2006 and a new Constitution in 2015, in 2017, Nepal successfully held their first parliamentary federal, state and local elections in 17 years. In February 2018, the elected officials took office. This shift to federalism brings new optimism for political stability, however, it also poses new challenges as governments are clarifying responsibilities for providing human services, developing infrastructure and stimulating economic activity.

Although widespread poverty remains, Nepal has made great progress in reducing poverty rates. According to the World Bank, the percentage of the population living below the international poverty line has decreased from 15 to 9 percent in the last 10 years. However, vulnerability remains extremely high, with nearly 32 percent of the population living between USD 1.90 and USD 3.20 per person per day. Climate-related disasters, such as earthquakes and floods, also increase vulnerability. The destruction from the 2015 earthquake, in particular, pushed more than 700,000 people into poverty and worsened overall social conditions.

Our Work in Nepal

Room to Read Nepal is the only organization in the country that focuses on literacy and gender equality in education. We collaborate closely with the Ministry of Education and the National Curriculum and Development Board to implement our Literacy and Girls’ Education Programs. We also share our expertise in literacy instruction for teachers and developing reading materials for children.

Room to Read currently implements programs in government schools within Bardiya, Nuwakot, Kailali, Palpa and Banke and supporting programs in Nawalparasi, Pyuthan, Myagdi, Kaski, Lamjung, Dhading, Chitwan, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kavre and Sindhupalchowk.

The Latest from Nepal

These 3 Nepali Fathers Want More Gender-Equal Communities

These 3 Nepali Fathers Want More Gender-Equal Communities


Shriluna Shrestha, Communications Officer, Nepal

Girls' Education, Nepal

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The First in Her Family to Go to School, Mereena is Changing Her Family's Trajectory

The First in Her Family to Go to School, Mereena is Changing Her Family's Trajectory


Girls' Education, Nepal

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The Nepalese Girls Who Lost Their Childhoods

The Nepalese Girls Who Lost Their Childhoods


In the News, Nepal

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A time for every purpose

A time for every purpose


In the News, Nepal

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Nepali Student Inspires Mother's Newfound Love for Storybooks

Nepali Student Inspires Mother's Newfound Love for Storybooks


Literacy, Nepal

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2 Years Post-Quake Nepali School Opens New Classrooms

2 Years Post-Quake Nepali School Opens New Classrooms


Shriluna Shrestha

Literacy, Nepal

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Dubai Cares & Room to Read Partner in Post-Earthquake Recovery Efforts in Nepal

Dubai Cares & Room to Read Partner in Post-Earthquake Recovery Efforts in Nepal


Partners, Nepal

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John Wood Awarded Dr. Dilli Raman Regmi International Peace Award by Nepalese Ministry of Education

John Wood Awarded Dr. Dilli Raman Regmi International Peace Award by Nepalese Ministry of Education


Press Releases, Nepal

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How Her Mother Inspired Nirupa to Beat the Odds

How Her Mother Inspired Nirupa to Beat the Odds


Girls' Education, Asia

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A Year After the Nepal Earthquake, a Survivor Finds Strength at School

A Year After the Nepal Earthquake, a Survivor Finds Strength at School


Girls' Education, Asia

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Books from Nepal

Tiger's New Home

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A story developed as part of our COVID-19 book collection

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Chalk and Blackboard's Journey to the Village

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A story developed as part of our COVID-19 book collection

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The Rhythm of Nature

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A story developed as part of our Climate Book Collection

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