Non-formal education in dire need of funds

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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Speakers at a programme today said the government was not giving the informal education the importance it deserves.

Informal education is an effective means of making the masses literate, they said calling on the government to allocate more funds to programmes related to such type of education.

“Non-formal education is a life-long process,” said CPN-UML Secretary Shankar Pokharel at a discussion programme titled ‘Non-Formal Education’. “The government should allocate more funds and upgrade the non-formal education system in Nepal for the sake of those who are deprived of formal education,” Pokhharel remarked.

Kathmandu District Education Officer Babu Kaji Karki said, “The number of students in formal and non-formal education is about the same.”

Although informal education is crucial to a country like ours, the district education offices do not even have a separate desk for it, Karki further said.

Gopal Bhattarai, deputy director at the Non-formal Education Centre, said assuring non-formal education should be the responsibility of political parties citing examples from Vietnam and Cuba.

Presenting a paper titled ‘Non-Formal Education: Alternative to education’ Babu Ram Adhikari, president of Nepal National Teachers’ Organisation, highlighted the importance of informal education.

(Source: The Himalayantimes)