Target: Dina Nath Sharma, Minister for Education of Nepal
Goal: Make a way for Nepalese girls to continue their education
Many girls in Nepal never finish school. Overall, 70% of children enter school, but only 7% finish the 10th grade and achieve the School Leaving Certificate (SLC), Nepal’s equivalent to a high school diploma. Nepal’s economy is struggling—almost half of all Nepali people are unemployed, and a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line. Nepal is considered one of the 10 poorest countries in the world, making a lack of financial resources the primary reason that girls do not get to go to school. Girls suffer for the financial hardship more than boys, often being pulled out of school to work and help out at home, as families depend on their boys to finish school in order to increase their earning potential for the future.
Girls in Nepal face many obstacles when it comes to receiving an education. Parents invest in their boys for the future, giving them an education to increase their chances of finding work and earning money for the family. Girls, however, are often pulled out of school to work, and are frequently married off in their early teens. In addition, only a third of schools in Nepal have a women’s restroom. A custom known as Chaupadi is practiced all over the country, in which women face restrictions during their menstruation, essentially isolating them for one week each month. With these barriers, very few girls are able to excel past a primary education.
Organizations exist that aim to help girls in Nepal achieve an education, such as Girls Education Nepal (GEN). This organization fundraises in order to provide scholarships to Nepali girls from underprivileged families so they can attend school. Despite the fact that GEN has minimal operational costs, their scope of impact is still very limited, relying completely on private donations. It is important that changes be made at the governmental level, requiring all children, all girls, to complete an education in Nepal, protecting them from situational factors that may prevent them from doing so.
Dear Dina Nath Sharma,
As the Minister for Education in Nepal, I respectfully request that you make a way for all children to complete an education, especially young girls. Girls are often pulled out of school very early due to a financial strain experienced by their families. These girls are usually put to work in the home or in the fields, or are married off at a very young age, never again having the opportunity to receive an education. Please provide a way for all girls, regardless of their family income, to complete school and earn their School Leaving Certificate (SLC).
Research shows that women who are educated are better mothers, proving that education is imperative not only for men, who are often the family’s bread-winners, but also for women. Educated women will raise educated children, improving the economy overall in time. Invest in your nation’s women by committing to educate all children, keeping them in school until they achieve their SLC.
[Your Name Here]
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