NYF transforms sub-standard, government-run early childhood centers into model programs serving disadvantaged preschoolers in rural Nepal.
Effective early childhood intervention changes lives. In 2013, NYF began transforming sub-standard early childhood centers into model preschool programs. Over time the initiative will impact the lives of thousands of impoverished 3- and 4-year-olds and increase their likelihood of transitioning into grade one—a major hurdle in rural communities.
The status of early childhood education in Nepal is deplorable. More than 90 percent of the government’s 30,000 early childhood centers fail to meet even minimum standards. Teachers lack training and earn very low pay. Classrooms are small and in poor condition. Materials are scant to nonexistent, and the teacher-child ratio hovers at 1:43.
NYF goes into a targeted center and trains the teachers, lowers the teacher-child ratio, and equips a suitable classroom with furnishings and learning materials. Children receive a mid-day meal and undergo nutritional screenings and follow-up interventions. Mothers are taught how to prepare local, nutrient-rich foods. Ankur Counseling Center trains teachers and parents in child development and child rearing techniques. After five years of operating successfully, model centers return to government control.
NYF launched the Early Childhood Development program with nine model centers, and supported ten more in 2015. The goal is to transform 200 centers over the next five years—ambitious but doable with your support. Help us impact the development of disadvantaged preschoolers, and change their lives forever.