UN endeavors to increase girls' enrollment in southern Nepal

Published on 20 January 2009

United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations World Food Program (WFP) have announced a joint effort to increase Nepali girls' attendance in primary schools in five southern Terai districts where gender disparity rates are some of the highest. School enrollment of girls in these districts is far behind Nepal's national average where less than half of them complete primary education, said the joint press release issued on Tuesday. "Providing monthly-take home rations to girls is a powerful tool for increasing school attendance because it enables girls to help feed their families," said WFP Deputy Country Representative, Dominique Hyde, adding that this joint program will enhance how communities view the education of girls and provide them with a major incentive to send them to school regularly.

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