Nepal: With "Magic Bags" to a self-determined future
One in five children worldwide cannot attend school. Insufficient school infrastructure, conflicts, natural disasters, poverty, gender – these are all factors that make it difficult for children to exercise their right to education. The COVID-19 pandemic further aggravated this education crisis. Around 1.25 billion children were affected by school closures around the world.
We distributed over 8000 "Magic Bags" of school supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal.
Among others, children from Nepal were hit particularly hard – they were out of school for more than 371 days. While students in the cities sometimes still had access to online courses, children from remote valleys and provinces were completely excluded from education.
We campaign for all children to have access to good-quality basic education, irrespective of their origin, gender or needs. We furthermore believe that the right to education also applies to children in emergency and refugee situations.
With the “Magic Bags”, we are therefore doing our utmost in Nepal to ensure that children are able to continue their school education from home. Pencils, toys and learning materials, books, or slates with chalk – the “Magic Bags” are equipped in such a way that the children do not lack anything when learning.
For 371 days
children in Nepal could not go to school due to the pandemic.
So far, we have been able to distribute around 8155 “Magic Bags” in Nepal. The “Magic Bags” are not only designed for children. It also actively involves parents in their children’s schooling. This promotes an understanding of how important an education is. For it is precisely where families are most deprived that children often must work and earn money for the.
Magic Bag" contains play and learning materials, slates with chalk, numbered dice, coloured counters, pencils as well as books.
Ankit (6 years) and his father study together by using alphabet cards from the "Magic Bag".
Serious consequences for children without education
The immediate and long-term consequences of no education are severe for the children affected. More than that, they present an immense challenge to the stability and development of whole societies. Education paves the way for individual, social and economic development and teaches children important values such as gender equality, environmental awareness, respect and tolerance towards others etc.
For children in need, a school is more than just a building: it is a place where children often receive their only nutritious meal of the day, where they are kept away from factories or fields, and where they are protected from child marriage. With our education projects, we therefore give the most deprived children a perspective in life and the opportunity to escape poverty.