Strengthening access to quality education for all

In some Indian and Nepalese villages, community schools are underfunded, neglected and sometimes non-existent. Public schools, even in urban areas, remain inaccessible to children from economically disadvantaged families, creating educational inequalities.

Some figures: In India, 64% of adult women are illiterate, while in Nepal the rate is 71% (2018).  Early school leaving is also a concern in both countries, affecting 50% of young people in secondary education.

Education is not only a means of improving living conditions, it is also an opportunity for an individual’s development. It is a key factor in promoting equality and autonomy. That is why at Karuna, one of our objectives is to offer everyone a chance to learn: children, young people and adults. 

Our early childhood programme brings joy, encourages cooperation and promotes the healthy development of children. In the primary schools, we encourage young people to become more generous and responsible. Basic education for illiterate adults is ongoing at all our sites.

Our impact in 2021

9 760 children supported in their schooling

6 000 children in kindergarten

220 adults taught to read and write

One of our programmes in Nepal

Informal education – “For a Better Life” programme”

In Nepal, adolescents in rural areas can face social pressure,  a lack of job opportunities and a lack of self-confidence. 

The Better Life Program empowers adolescents by providing them with a healthy school environment that fulfills their need to develop a better sense of self-worth and make skillful life choices.

These in-school  guidance programmes provide teens with an understanding of the different career paths available after their schooling is finished.  With healthy self-confidence, the teenagers can better identify the careers they would like to pursue according to their skills and aspirations. 

Pupils are encouraged to discuss the social and cultural problems they may encounter at school (bullying, depression, cyberaddiction, alcohol and tobacco consumption, early pregnancies, etc.) with the aim of changing behavior, and promoting a less stressful and more caring school environment.

At the beginning, teenagers were shy and insecure, but now I see a clear change. The programme covers important topics such as sexual abuse, consent, physiological, psychological and emotional changes related to puberty. The students never miss a class and are always enthusiastic! I am very happy when I hear them talking to their friends and parents about what they have learned.

Anisha Tamang, facilitator, Kavrepalanchowk – Nepal

In 2021, 148 students participated in these workshops.

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One of our programmes in India

Informal Education – Adult Literacy Programme

In India, the states of Bihar and Jharkhand have the lowest female literacy rates in the country, which is a major barrier to women’s empowerment.

This program trains illiterate rural women in writing, reading and arithmetic.  The small groups of about ten women follow regular courses which offer a variety in both  content and difficulty, thus ensuring a constant progression of their skills.

I never went to school as a child. But now, as an adult, I realize the importance of education in everyday life. That’s why I make sure I go to class every day. The knowledge I gain helps me guide my children in their homework.

Sunita Devi, beneficiary in Jharkhand – India

At the end of the programme, all participants report increased confidence as they master writing and reading. These new skills also enable them to be more involved in their children’s education and increase their chances of empowerment.

By 2021, 133 women have learned to read, write and count.

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Our method of intervention 

Our programmes incorporate respect for and preservation of local culture and languages. Our approach emphasizes the creation of supportive learning environments, and encourages the involvement of parents and the community to ensure the continuity of projects. We pay particular attention to the needs of girls and the gender balance in each class.

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