The library project(Completed Project)

“In Nepal, forty-two percent of the population is under the eighteen years of age and out of them almost half comprise of girls and a majority of them live in rural areas. The interim constitution (2007) and the international legal instruments which Nepal has ratified such as CRC (Convention on the Rights of the Child) and CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women) provide equal rights to all girls, irrespective of caste, religion and gender. However, the reality is different. Access to education is one of the fundamental rights of everyone. Article 28 of CRC specifically talks about education as the right of the child with a view of achieving the right and on the basis of equal opportunity. The Interim constitution of Nepal 2007 has adopted Education as the fundamental rights of citizen (Article 13). The constitution has provisioned primary education in mother tongue and free education up to secondary school for girls.

The discrimination between boys and girls start even before birth. Even after the birth, the girls have high chances of being discriminated and deprived of their fundamental rights. Growing up in a patriarchal society often times nip them while they are still buds, curtailing their opportunities to blossom to their full potential.

Many girl children are deprived of education and even if they get enrolled the drop-out rate is high as compared to boys. Since daughters are taken as someone else’s property, the need to educate them is not taken as important. Thus, a majority of the children who are out of school are girls. Similarly, households surviving on labour intensive economy, daughters are useful in supporting mothers in household chores as well as to look after their younger siblings. Deprivation of opportunities makes girls vulnerable, and they are often found to be abused, harassed, exploited, neglected and as a result they have high chances of being trafficked, married early, forced to commercial sexual exploitation etc.

Education helps children to grab available opportunities and to develop to their full potential. With the aim to enhance the knowledge of the girls and to prevent the girls from being abused, exploited and trafficked, Kumudini is implementing the library project “Bidhusi” with support from Joylin Foundation. Bidhusi, in Sanskrit means ‘knowledgeable woman’

We target children who do not have easy access to books that are knowledgeable other than their textbooks. We aim to improve the reading habits of the children as well as make them aware of various social issues. With time, reading clubs will be formed so that reading will be exciting as well as the children will utilize this forum to discuss about the books that they read.

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