It is widely accepted that improving access to, and quality of, girls’ education brings about positive socio-economic outcomes. For promoting quality girls’ education in Nepal, various organizations have been working with different methodologies. One of them is girls’ education through mentoring. Within mentoring too, various organizations have proved best practices. So keeping the necessity of sharing those best practices among each other, British Council, AIN-EWG (Alliance INGOs-Education working group, NCE (National Campaign for Education) and VSO organized a sharing event on ‘best mentoring practices on girl education’ on 16 September.
The objective of the event was to share best mentoring practices on girls’ education and share a report to ministry of education in Nepal incorporating all the best practices. The event was participated by 50 participants representing from government, NGOs, INGOs, civil society organizations and beneficiaries.
Rhona Brown, head of programmes, British Council Nepal facilitated the event in the beginning. At the beginning of the event, the representatives from AIN-EWG, NCE, and government shared their opening remarks and what they have been doing on girls’ education through mentoring. Then British Council, Restless Development, Room to Read and VSO made presentations on their approaches.
The programme then led to what further can be done to promote the best practices to empower girls’ education in Nepal. The highlights of this discussion were:
- Peer leaning model - British Council
- Peer model (Homework club and sports clubs) - Restless Development
- Counseling and mentoring - Room to Read
- Big sister and little sister - VSO
Outcomes of the events:
Outcome 1: participants gained understanding of other organizations working in girls’ education and as a result increased potential for sharing and collaboration.
Outcome 2: presenters shared successes and learning around mentoring in girls’ education and raise visibility of programmes.
Outcome 3: Participants gained insight into the role of mentoring in girls’ education