According to the statistics released by UNICEF (2000-2006), the youth (age 15-24) literacy rate in Nepal is 81% in male, and 60% among female. Even though the data for gross primary school enrollment seems very positive for both genders, the gross secondary school enrollment drops by more than fifty percent (overall less than 40% gross enrollment). These data suggest that fifty percent of the children do not go to school after completing (or without completing) the fifth grade. Various studies have shown that students from lower socio-economic background, girl students, and children of illiterate parents are among the majority of students who quit school before or after completing the fifth grade.
In an effort to help students successfully complete their high-school education and prepare them for college degree, BTF came up with an idea of launching various education projects targeting the most vulnerable group of students who are likely to drop out early in their school years or those who otherwise would never attend school.
The first project was launched in 2007. On March 31st 2007, BTF distributed uniforms and stationeries to 33 underprivileged (lower caste or dalits, students from poor family, students from the least represented ethnic group and gender etc) students of Yog Kumar Secondary School, Blaba- Sarpallo, Mahottari, Nepal. BTF scholarship was provided to 44 schoolchildren in 2008.
Scholarships were given to those students among the underprivileged, who met the following criteria at a minimum.
- School attendance (more than 75% attendance)
- Academic achievements and grades (rank in class/ pass grades)
- Family income (Annual household income <10,000 Rupees)
BTF has continued this project, and is planning to expand the project in other places as well. We invite individuals and organizations to join hands with us, and help a larger number of underprivileged students achieve their educational goals.
Binaytara Foundation (BTF) is an Illinois non-profit organization exempt from taxation pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of the foundation is to bring positive change in society by promoting health and education. More»