Report on Visits to Nepal Bridge Schools in August
There were visits to five of the nine bridge schools* operated in Nepal (Bhaktapur School, Kaski School, Palpa School, Nawalparasi School, and Rupandehi School). Bridge school students attend the school for three years with the aim of transferring to public schools. In fiscal 2023, the first year of this initiative, teachers and local labor union officials were asked to continue their meticulous support to help students adjust to school life, whereby they exchanged opinions.
*To eradicate child labor, bridge schools (non-formal school) for “the poorest children between the ages of 8 and 14 who are unable to receive even the minimum necessary education” have been funded by donations from labor unions in Japan and operated in collaboration with local labor unions (since 1996). After receiving a basic education, students are transferred to public schools (bridge for transferring to public schools), and parents and local communities become aware of the importance of education, with the aim being to end the negative cycle of child labor within the community.
List of related organizations that contributed
・Japan Teachers Union
・The Federation of Electric Power Related Industry Worker’s Unions of Japan