CAIRN Education Awards (CEA) - in-country partner

SATHI - Nepal


Through extensive home and school visits within the communities it supports, CAIRN identifies the poorest children, whose education is most overlooked. CAIRN assists them at school by providing CAIRN’s Educational Awards (CEA) package bi-annually. This includes funding of all their school related fees, uniforms and basic school equipment such as books, pencils, rubbers and pens.

CAIRN guarantees that at least 50% of CEA pupils are girls.

CAIRN supports its CEA pupils and their families both at home and at school with termly mentoring from dedicated, trained local social workers, addressing the obstacles and challenges the pupils face in gaining an education.

We monitor and evaluate the success of CAIRN’s beneficiaries through regular indicators such as attendance and academic data.

We address the primary health and medical needs of our pupils through worming programmes, sanitation explanations, and an adequate medical fund for each child.

We acknowledge and reward the success and progress of our CEA pupils through awards for improved attendance, academic achievement and effort.

We establish Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), 

strengthening each community's commitment to educating 

its children.


CAIRN Libraries - in-country partner

Pahar Trust Nepal (PTN)

and The Gurkha Welfare Trust

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The CAIRN Library Programme is a five year programme. During the first three years CAIRN provides library management training, resources and support. In the fourth and fifth year CAIRN conducts monitoring and provides continued support and training. 

CAIRN conducts detailed feasibility surveys to identify the neediest schools and communities. Communities must demonstrate an appropriate level of commitment to the project.

Communities commit to their libraries by either donating unused classrooms, providing the labour to construct the libraries, funding the librarian salaries, painting classrooms or transporting furniture.

Sustainability is built into the programme by establishing Library Management Committees. Over the five years, we work with the community to develop ownership for their library through management of a library fund and by encouraging them to take accountability for replacing and adding books to their inventory.

Our Library Development Officer works closely with communities to ensure the library meets their specific needs.  Key factors taken into consideration are the size of the rooms, number and type of books required.

We ensure all libraries are colourful and inviting and are fitted with essentials such as carpets and bright low tables.

We equip our libraries with an extensive supply of age and grade appropriate Nepali and English language books.

We make available learning resources including atlases, dictionaries, reference books, fiction and non-fiction early readers.

We operate in clusters maximising efficiency and promoting the sharing of best practices between our library teams.


Working with Fulbari Foundation Nepal, we seek to raise standards of teaching and learning by training teachers in some basic lessons of early childhood development so that they can deliver their roles effectively.

We train teachers to deliver interactive, well planned lessons in line with the Nepali curriculum that respond to the needs of individual pupils.

We develop knowledge, skill and confidence in pre-primary and primary level teachers through week-long residential courses, and with the support of a full time trainer living in the village.

We take health and hygiene into consideration through teacher workshops, parenting education and the provision of basic medicines and first aid kits.

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The School That Does It All

CAIRN Teacher Training - in-country partner

First Steps Nepal

Fulbari Foundation Nepal

and The Gurkha Welfare Trust

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