Ensuring girls' right to inclusive education. Photo: Ken Opprann

Education is a prioritized sector for Norway’s development cooperation with Nepal as a means to promote social equity and poverty reduction in Nepal.

Over the past 20 years, Nepal has made rapid progress towards the goal of having all children enrolled in school. More than 95% of all children are enrolled in primary school. Enrolment numbers at other levels, from pre-primary to class 12, are also showing positive trends, including near gender parity at all levels.

Norway’s main contribution to Nepal’s education sector is the support to the School Sector Development Programme (SSDP). The main target for this programme is to provide free and inclusive primary education for all. This seven-year programme will continue the work of the School Sectors Reform Programme (SSRP), as well as placing a greater emphasis on improving the quality of basic and secondary education. 

For the SSDP, Norway will in particular focus on ensuring the right to education for vulnerable groups, such as girls, children with disabilities and children from disadvantaged groups and communities

In line with Norway’s policy of zero tolerance for corruption, we aim to improve financial management, accountability and transparency in the school sector.

Norway also currently support a small education project that focuses on promoting quality of education for girls and marginalized children in the South Eastern part of the country where the quality of education is one of the lowest in the country. Additionally, Norway is involved in the reconstruction of schools that were destroyed during the earthquakes that hit Nepal in 2015.