Equitable access to higher education for students with disabilities and students from marginalized groups in Nepal – EATHEN

Poverty and inequality are major challenges in Nepal. Low education level of individuals from disadvantaged groups and marginalized groups reflects to inequality. Access to and participation in education is essential requisite for equality and prosperity. The present project develops management and practices in the higher education of Nepal to enhance equity in access to education and support during the academic careers. Outputs:1) Developing strategic cooperation between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) and the universities in Nepal to increase the support to and commitment of universities to enhance equity in enrollment and during academic careers. A Letter of Intent will be composed in the project. 2) Developing organizational structure and new services for potential applicants from the above-mentioned groups to enhance capacity building of the managers and teachers producing education services in Nepal, as well as to enhance capacity building of managers working in administration in universities and teachers teaching disabled students and students coming from disadvantaged or marginalized groups. This means that education will be organized and five properly equipped support centers with competent staff and well-planned services will be established. 3) Improving learning environment to facilitate students coming from above mentioned groups to start their studies in higher education institutes. There will be easy access environment, learning materials and capacity to support these students in the HEIs. The immediate impact will be the improved commitment in management of universities to enhance equity in access to and in support during the academic careers in HEIs. In addition, cooperation and contacts between universities and secondary level schools, local authorities and NGOs representing disabled and marginalized groups will be improved. Remarkable impact is the strengthened cooperation with the MoEST.