Nepal Matri Griha (NMG) is a non government, not for profit organization that works to improve the lives of women and children from poor or marginalized backgrounds in Nepal. Nepal Matri Griha literally means Mother’s Home in Nepali. For over a decade we have provided a warm and safe environment in which women and children can access healthcare services, educational programmes and training.
The Nepalese government has stated that they will provide a free education for all children across the country. Whilst this is an admirable statement of intent, the reality is that additional costs such as class charges, uniform requirements and the cost of educational materials and resources still mean that a free education for all is a distant dream.
Huge numbers of children are living in poverty across Nepal and because of this many become ostracized from mainstream education.This is particularly true for children living in rural or isolated regions of the country where poverty is more prevalent and schools are also fewer in number and poorer in quality.ols are often in poor conditions and classrooms are overcrowded (classrooms can fill with over 80 students in some oversubscribed schools) and under-resourced.
The result is that children from socio-economically marginalised families and those that do not have a family simply cannot afford to pay for state-provided education. Many of these children are required to work instead in order to support the family.
Shree Nepal Matri Griha Primary School
The Shree Nepal Matri Griha Primary School provides 8 years of formal primary education to children who are socially, culturally or economically marginalised from mainstream education.
The school was established onsite in Kathmandu in 2006. It provides free education to over 350 students a year. It also provides educational materials and resources required to support their learning including uniforms, books, stationeries and also a healthy lunch.
The demand for primary education is huge. The school has an infrastructure that can hold 500 students, but our running costs only allow us to fund 350 students per year. There are close to 150 students waiting with a hope to find a seat in our school soon. If these students do not get enrolled at the school, then they are at high risk of being exploited or being lost from the pages of our history forever.
Curriculum and Activities
The school follows the national curriculum and runs a yearly academic session with three terminal examinations taking place. The students are taught by trained staff and given adequate practical exposure in each subject. We also hold extracurricular activities alongside the educational programme:
- Sporting activities and after school games which enable us to bring out a healthy competitive spirit among the students.
- We have a specialist computer and science room to assist the students in their learning and increase basic IT skills.
- We also take students on study trips and excursions so that they can learn more about their environment.
- Family support services which include one-to-one sessions between the child, their family and staff at the school. These sessions aim to identify a child’s aspirations whilst raising the families awareness and understanding of the importance of the child’s education.