I am excited to see how well the new $300 million “Kumon” education institute has worked to help K-12 students in Nepal, said former education secretary K. Raman Raman.
Raman was part of the U.S. delegation that visited the Himalayan nation in November to assess progress on improving the quality of education.
The visit was designed to build confidence in the education system, Raman said.
The education department of Nepal’s largest state, Khumbu, announced that K-6 and K-8 education were now taught in schools.
The government also announced that it will provide the first $100 million to a program aimed at training teachers and teachers’ assistants for elementary and middle schools.
Ramaneh says the $300-million fund is the first such grant to come from the U and a first in the world.
Kumons success is a major achievement in Nepal.
The country was the first in Southeast Asia to introduce mandatory schooling for primary school children in the 1980s.
Now, almost one-fifth of the country’s 1.8 million children attend school, compared to 15 percent in 2013, according to the United Nations.
The $300M will help educate the next generation, but the plan will not be fully realized until 2019, Ramanea said.