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Books for Asia in Nepal

The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program has provided more than 176,000 books and educational resources to Nepal since the late 1980s.

Status of Education in Nepal

Nepal is one of the world's poorest countries with 70 percent of its 29.5 million residents living in poverty. Slightly over half (55.2 percent) of Nepal's population is literate with women lagging behind men at 42 percent and 69.3 percent, respectively. Secondary school enrollment is lower than the regional average at 46 percent. Although Nepali is the medium of instruction at all levels of the educational system, English is taught as a compulsory second language beginning in fourth grade.

Current Focus

Annually, Books for Asia donates more than 24,000 new books from American publishers to nearly 80 organizations in 18 districts across Nepal. Secondary schools and nongovernmental organizations receive the largest number of books, followed by community information centers, public libraries, government agencies, and medical colleges. A special emphasis is placed on providing law books to public interest organizations and legal educational institutions to strengthen the rule of law and good governance. In addition, Books for Asia promotes children's education by partnering with Magic Yeti Libraries and Room to Read Nepal.

Read more about The Asia Foundation's work in Nepal.


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Shameera Shrestha
Books for Asia Officer

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