The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Himalayan Trust, along with their local implementation partners, have been making significant efforts across the Solukhumbu region (Nepal) to improve access to quality education, and ultimately educational outcomes for learners. These broad efforts, ranging from resource provision to designing and delivering professional development support to schools, aim to enhance literacy skills and overall educational achievement in the region. The funders and implementation partners wanted to understand the effectiveness of the support being provided to schools in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal.

The Evaluation

For the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Standard of Proof supported our partners Allen and Clarke undertake a review of this work. We visited a variety of schools in the Himalayan mountains, trekking from Lukla (2860 meters) up to Khumjung (3790 meters) to undertake classroom observations and interviews and to collate secondary data and artefacts along the way.

The findings are informing the future direction of the support so that they can further improve the quality of education in the Nepali region.

Many thanks to Himalayan Trust New Zealand, Himalayan Trust Nepal and Action for Nepal for supporting the trek, and all your awesome efforts to the people of Nepal!