No Opportunity to go to School
Growing up in rural Nepal Kali Rokaya’s childhood was just like many other young girls. Her family needed her to help with work in the fields so she wasn't able to go to school. But that didn't seem to matter at the time because she simply expected to get married, have children, and look after the home. She married at 15 and had six children.
Adult Education in Nepal
INF runs Self Help Groups in many remote districts. They offer a kind of adult education in Nepal, often providing training in hygiene and sanitation issues, or how to make the best of the land that people already have.
INF facilitated a Self-Help Group in Kali’s village that met monthly to discuss issues affecting the community. By this time Kali was 33. The group would develop action plans around health and community development and then implemented changes in the village. The group kept minutes of each meeting and members would sign their name to show their attendance. Unable to write her own name, Kali felt embarrassed at every meeting. She began to see the value of education and, along with other women in the group, expressed a desire to learn to read and write.
The group decided to approach INF about informal education classes. INF responded by providing literacy classes for 20 women. Now, almost every member of the group is able to read and write at a basic level.
‘’Through the informal education class supported by INF, I have gained a huge opportunity to become literate,” says Kali.
Kali is proud that she has learnt to read and write and had the opportunity of adult education in Nepal. She doesn't want her children to miss out so she now sends them to school, giving them the opportunity of an education too.