Nepal Overview

In Nepal, Kathmandu University leads the research project “Networked Improvement Communities for School  Leaders Towards Equity and Inclusion” where 35 school leaders  from Sindhuli and Bardibas participate in the NIC@Scale pilot to contribute to addressing  the gap between policies and practice with regard to inclusive education. 

Participating school leaders work collaboratively in NICs, and take an open course over a 6 month period.  This supports them to engage  in action research on equity and inclusion problems they identify in their schools using Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles. School leaders’ activities and changes in practice through this pilot are studied by Kathmandu University researchers using a mixed methods approach.  

In order to amplify learnings from the project, Kathmandu University is collaborating with the Center for Education and Human Resource Development (CEHRD) and Continuing and Professional Education Centre (CPEC) to scale the pilot.

Additionally, scaling initiatives are being undertaken through strategic partnerships with local governments and authorities in every province of Nepal. Through these efforts and by prioritizing knowledge dissemination Kathmandu University aims to catalyze positive change in the education sector across the country.

Project Outputs

Output Overview
Executive Summary Networked Improvement Communities for School Leaders Towards Equity and Inclusion, NepaExecutive Summary Networked Improvement Communities for School Leaders Towards Equity and Inclusion, Nepal An infographic that provides overview and findings
School Leaders’ Views and Challenges Associated with Inclusion in Government Schools in Nepal A conference paper presented at the Third International Conference on Transformative Education Research and Sustainable Development (TERSD-2022)
Relevance of Plan Do Study and Act (PDSA) Cycle in creating inclusive environment in TVET Schools: Implications from a pilot study of School Education A conference abstract presented at the International Conference on Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Deeper Links, Stronger Instiutions, Decent Jobs-Building Better TVET System (2023)

Context of Inclusive Education policies and practices in Nepal

Nepal is one of the most well-known countries in the world in terms of cultural diversity, geographic location, and many other important factors. Although Nepal is a small nation, it has a wide range of diversity due to its multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multi-racial population.

Introduction to Course and Expected outcomes of the Course

Open Course is a free course of study that may be accessed by a wide number of people over the internet. Some courses are paid courses. The pandemic has disrupted the traditional teaching-learning paradigm. The educational institutions are now focusing on several MOOCs…


Impact of Open Course on Students, Parents, and Schools: A Transformative Journey

The open course, aimed at promoting inclusivity and reshaping the education landscape in Nepal, has left a profound impact on students, parents, and schools. This article delves into the evidence and findings that demonstrate how this innovative approach is bringing positive change to the educational system.


Experiences so far with head teachers and working with NIC’s

School Leaders have already enrolled in our open course( and have been actively participating in our course. Most of our school leaders are in the process of completing the course. We have also conducted surveys, interviews and meetings with school leaders to know about their learnings, experiences and action plan.

Headteachers Take Proactive Measures to Improve Education: Evidence-Based Strategies Yield Positive Outcomes

In a remarkable display of dedication to the betterment of education, headteachers are taking significant actions to address pressing issues in their schools. These educators are embracing a data-driven, collaborative approach to enhance the quality of education and inclusivity, leading to promising outcomes in local schools.


Local Government Pioneers Inclusive Education Audit through Open Course: A Path to a More Inclusive Future

 In a commendable effort to enhance inclusivity in the realm of education, a local government is setting a precedent by conducting an Inclusive Education Audit through an innovative Open Course. This pioneering initiative is driven by a firm commitment to foster inclusivity, equality, and a brighter future for all students.

Implementing Organization

Country Team

Dr. Sushil Shrestha 

Lead Researcher, Digital Learning Research lab, Kathmandu University

Manish Prasad Joshi

MEL and Admin Officer
Digital Learning Research lab NIC Hub Project, Kathmandu University

Pratit Raj Giri

Research Associate
Digital Learning Research lab NIC Hub Project, Kathmandu University

Dristi Thapa

Digital Learning Research lab NIC Hub Project, Kathmandu University

Dr. Hari Prasad Pokharel

Education and Community Lead

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