Regions: Africa   Asia   Latin America

Name of Organization: Children-Women In Social Service and Human Rights (CWISH)

Country: Nepal

Project Title: "Education to Reduce Child Labor in Nepal"

Project Timeframe: 12 months (Starting in June 2005)

Location of Project: Kathmandu Metropolis and Lalitpur Sub metropolis

Budget Amount: $ 9,299

NGO contact and website:
P.O.Box 21433, Chabahi, l
Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone/Fax: 977-1-14474645

Project's Primary Objective: Strengthen formal and transitional education systems that encourage working children and those at risk of working to attend school, and Raise awareness of the importance of education for all children, and mobilize a wide array of actors to improve and expand education infrastructures.

Description of Organization: Children-Women in Social Service and Human Rights (CWISH) is an NGO established in 1993 with the mission to have social mobilization against all kinds of injustices to promote human rights. CWISH started to work on child domestic workers issues in 1996 with educational interventions on the concept that the education changes lives. In the last eight years CWISH has implemented several programs and activities for the end of child servitude in Nepal and has found education to be one of the most important interventions for the eradication of child labor. Through the intervention of CWISH program, to date 4,000 domestic child labourers have became literate. About 2,800 of them were mainstreamed into formal school education, more than 3,200 child domestic workers are organized into different child clubs, and more than 100 staff of ten different municipalities of Nepal are trained to work on child domestic labourers issues. 210 children have received vocational skill training that improved their living status.

Description of Project funded by CIRCLE: Under CIRCLE, CWISH will address the right to education for child domestic workers through organizing non-formal education, working with children toward formal school education and raising awareness among the employers and children themselves. The project will not only address the educational needs of these child domestic workers, but will also take them out of four walls, making them aware of different life skills and social issues and building their social skills. The project will adopt participation and social mobilization approaches that will ultimately contribute to the sustainability of the project. The following strategy will be used:
  • Raise awareness of parents, employers and community members concerning the hazards of child labor and the importance of enrolling and keeping children in school
  • Enrol 200 child domestic workers into non-formal education program and mainstream 112 children into formal schools
  • Conduct baseline survey of the beneficiaries child domestic workers in the program area
  • Establish eight non-formal education classes through four NFE centers to mainstream child domestic workers into formal school education
  • Organize interaction with stakeholders to raise awareness on child labor and education
  • Street drama performances
  • Media campaigns on child domestic workers and educational interventions
  • Celebration of international days against child labor and child rights days
CWISH/CIRCLE expects the following outcomes:
  • 230 child domestic workers enrolled in non-formal education programs and becoming literate
  • 160 complete the non-formal education program
  • 112 enrolled into formal school education
  • More than 200 employers and parents sensitized on the issues and obligation on child domestic workers and education
  • Mass media start to show their concern on children about the worst forms of child labor
  • Child domestic workers who are unable to enroll in formal schools will be enrolled in vocational training and apprenticeship opportunities through other programs of CWISH

Project Targets (Common Indicators):
Enrollment: 230
Persistence: 70%
Transition: 49%
Completion: 49%