Nepal: School Sector Reform Program

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Key Information

The objective of the School Sector Reform Program (SSRP) Project for Nepal is to increase access to and improve quality of school education, particularly basic education (Grades 1-8), especially for children from marginalized groups. There are three components to the project. The first component of the project is basic education. The primary objective of this component is to ensure equitable access and quality of basic education for all children in age group 5-12, prepare pre-school-age children through Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) for basic education and deliver basic numeracy and literacy to youths and adults, especially women and marginalized groups. The second component of the project is secondary education. This component aims to improve equitable access to secondary education by financing: (i) the expansion of physical facilities, including classroom construction and rehabilitation, library and laboratory construction, and the construction of schools for children with special needs (CWSN), and (ii) targeted scholarship schemes for dalits, marginalized groups, disabled, girls and children from poor households. The third component of the project is institutional capacity strengthening. The objective of this component is to improve the capacity of SSRP implementation agencies and its partners to enhance delivery and monitoring of educational services and products. In addition, this component also covers program management costs, excluding government staff salaries, which are incurred as part of program implementation.

Lead Implementing Government(s)



South Asia


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2010 - 2019


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Department of Education/ Ministry of Education, Science and Technology


Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion
  • Secondary Enrollment


  • Early childhood development


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School facilities
  • School quality
  • Teacher training


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Gender equality
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys in school, Girls in school, Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Pre-school
  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

  • Orphans and vulnerable children

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Technical assistance/capacity building to civil society organizations or governments


  • Increased availability of learning materials

Facilities construction/improvement

  • Construction/improvement of classrooms
  • Construction/improvement of libraries


  • School feeding

Increased availability of learning materials

  • Textbooks (digital)
  • Textbooks (paper)

Reducing economic barriers

  • Scholarships/stipends for school fees


  • Teacher incentives
  • Teaching materials (e.g. lesson plans, curricula)

Water and sanitation

  • Construction/improvement of sex-specific toilets

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Gender parity and non-discrimination are promoted at all subjects/education levels
  • Increased enrolment in primary school
  • Increased grade attainment
  • Increased literacy
  • Increased numeracy
  • Increased primary school completion
  • Increased progression to secondary school
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)
  • Increased secondary school completion
  • Increased secondary school enrolment

Cross-cutting goals

Not applicable or unknown