Kanchan Gupta
Peer Group Leader
July 2019

"I have a family of four. My father is a farmer. He also works in a mill. My mother is a housewife. My brother is pursuing engineering and I am studying in ninth grade. My favourite subject is English and Science. I score good in these subjects, but average in Mathematics. 

I am one of the selected participants from Parsa for the Peer Group Leader (PGL) training. I have never attended any trainings before. I acquired digital skills, knowledge on English language and learnt to play some interesting games in this training. The key thing I have learned in this PGL training is the importance of providing background and context a topic before starting to teach. It helps a lot. I have also learned that translations can help students to understand the context faster. 

The training has built my confidence too. I am confident to conduct club sessions in my school for other girls from my school after this training. I am planning to make my sessions very interactive by asking them questions and letting them express their ideas. I have learned so much in the training. I wish the training duration could have been more than just five days."

According to the baseline survey conducted in Parsa, only 5.5 per cent girls responded that they can make all key decisions related to education and marriage on their own. Kanchan, like any other girl from Parsa is likely to get married under 18 but with this project intervention, British Council believes that not only Kanchan but other girls from her school will be able to continue their education and find employment in the future.  

The project is developed with the understanding that the inequity in education and learning achievement gaps for Nepal’s most marginalised girls can be addressed by ensuring equitable access to quality learning and skills development across the education continuum. The project envisions that marginalised adolescent girls from the project districts will transition from basic to secondary school education with the power of choice to either find employment or continue their education.

British Council Nepal in implementing English and Digital for Girls’ Education (EDGE) programme as part of VSO’s wider Sisters for Sisters’ Education II project funded by DFID’s Girls’ Education Challenge Fund and builds on the achievements of phase I (2013–17).   EDGE contributes to outcome1- Increased learning of girls.   The project is using EDGE club model and resources with local adaptations to enhance participants' English proficiency, digital skills and social/life skills. Global Action Nepal and Aasaman Nepal are implementing EDGE across four districts in Nepal.