Supporting the Education of Marginalised Girls (STEM -II) project

Supporting the Education of Marginalised Girls in Kailali (STEM- II)

BASE has been implementing supporting the Education of Marginalised Girls (STEM II) programme for the period July 2017 to September 2020.The STEM II programme is a 3 years project funded by DFID focused on girls Education especially for Marginalised Girls in Kailali District of Far Western Region with technical support from Mercy Corps Nepal. This project is a part of a DFID-led global initiative called the Girls Education Challenge (GEC). By the end of the programme, STEM II is expected to reach around 5,000 In-school girls which includes In- School girls between grade 8 to 10, and Out-Of- School girls who dropped out from school grade 6 to 10 since 2066 BS (2009 AD), teachers and parents along with school systems. The project aims to improve the life changes of marginalised girls in Kailali through a series of proven interventions focusing major three outcomes; Learning, Transition and Sustainability.

The program targets Dhangadhi Sub-metropolitan city, Gauriganga, Ghodaghodi and Tikapur Municipality and Kailari and Bardgoriya Rural Municipalities. The programme works with 30 community schools known as ‘treatment schools’ and collects data from 15 community /schools known as ‘control school’. The project focuses on Learning, Transition and Sustainability.

Programme Major activities include: Access to an additional 110 hours of classes in Maths, English , Nepali, Science, self-defence life skills and adolescent sexual reproductive health through Girls’ Clubs, additional educational resources ( study clubs and learning materials), participation in works readiness skills (vocational training, financial literacy and business skill development), Secondary Education Examination ( SEE) intensive classes and grade upgrade, access to low- interest and collateral free loan opportunities, training to teachers on gender friendly teaching methodologies , equip teachers and schools by establishing learning centres(library , computer labs and science labs), training on gender sensitive education and materials, training in forming and operating School Management Committee ( SMCs), formation of SMCs and Parent Teacher Association( PTAs), infrastructure support ( particularly girl- friendly infrastructure), create link with the local government authorities, engagement in girl’s education through SMC and PTA, targeted campaigns and household level interventions aimed at shifting attitude towards girls’ education and support and facilitation in education development plan and child protection policy of six project implementing local governments.