Project information

CAIRN Schools

To increase children's access to education in rural Nepal by building and equipping 31 village schools in partnership with rural communities.

September 2009 - September 2016

Charity information: The CAIRN Trust (Child Aid In Rural Nepal)

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  • Need


    In Nepal, the poorest country in South East Asia, parents must pay for their child's education.
    Education is also still not compulsory meaning that schools in rural areas continue to be sparse or dilapidated. Children must walk 3-4 hours a day to attend school.
    As a result, rural enrollment, attendance and literacy rates can be as low as 9-15%.
    Rural communities continue to disintegrate as communities migrate to urban areas in search of an educational infrastructure and employment.


    CAIRN will construct 15 more CAIRN Schools, which will increase over 6,000 children's access to education.
    We will work with local communities to identify the level of educational infrastructure required (nursery, primary, secondary schools or all).
    The local communities will either donate the land and/or provide the labour to build the schools.
    We will equip the schools with learning materials & resources in order to be able to provide an education. We will provide phased teacher training.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To construct and equip 15 more schools (nursery, primary & secondary) in rural communities


    » - Undertake needs analysis to identify the location/type of 15 schools - Work with communities to ensure commitment - Develop construction plans
    » -Build safe & solid schools - Equip schools with essential learning resources -Train & inspire teachers

    Success will be
    - when the 15 schools have been constructed and equipped by the village community
    - when the children are using the school & doing well in their education

  • Impact


    By providing a more accessible rural school, more children will have the opportunity to attend. As well as improving rural enrolment, this will improve rural attendance, which in the long term will improve rural literacy rates.

    We will assess the three key indicators (25% increase in enrolment, 20% increase in attendance, 10% increase in literacy rates) both before we install a school and after five years of a school opening. Literacy rates may take a longer period to show improvements


    The greatest risk is that the village community are not co-invested in the project from the beginning.

    By conducting a thorough needs analysis, assisting the community in establishing a Village Development Committee (VDC) and by agreeing a Method of Understanding between CAIRN and the community at the onset of the project, the commitment should be clear. The communities involvement in construction plans and work is another clear indication of their commitment.


    By providing a six monthly project update on the construction and implementation of the School.
    This will include background information on the area the school will be built in along with any photographs.
    Prior to the school opening, donors will be offered the opportunity to perform the opening.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £244,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £160,000 Construction Projects Construction and implementation of 8 nursery, primary and secondary schools at £20,000
      £84,000 Installation Projects Instal & implement 7 nursery, primary & secondary schools at £12,000 each
  • Background


    The schools will be located in Western Nepal, which is one of the least developed areas in Nepal.

    Exact locations will be confirmed post needs analysis.


    Direct beneficiaries: the 6,000 children who will have increased access to an education.

    Indirect beneficiaries: include the village community who will have employment during the construction of the school.
    The project will also provide employment for teachers and school staff.
    Long term the economic status of the community will improve as the level of literacy improves. Even if the students migrate to the Middle East post education, their level of earning will be higher.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have strong links with Nepal and it's rural communities having undertaken projects for the last 10 years in Nepal.
    We truly understand the cultural and educational challenges facing rural Nepal
    We have expertise in education in England which we have used and continue to use to improve educational standards in the villages.
    The founder of the charity is an fluent Nepali speaking ex-Gurkha.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Elizabeth Woodcock Katie Hargreaves

    The UK team ensures: - Needs analysis & funding is available for projects - Careful management of projects & partners - Donors are kept informed

    Chandra Gurung

    NGO - Construction partner who helps to deliver our projects in Nepal. He will undertake the needs analysis and work closely with the UK Team.

    David Thomas

    Founder and Trustee Works closely with the UK Team and Nepali partners to ensure that the projects are the most worthy ones to undertake.