The government of Nepal promulgates the right to free and compulsory education of children in the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, of 2018. VOC believes it is the right of every child to get a proper education, and under the RTE it has been conducting non-formal literacy classes six times a week in its DIC and Socialization center (SC). A total of forty-five children are currently receiving non-formal education from VOC under which they are taught to read, write, draw, and also be involved in extracurricular activities.
Témoignage de Anil Bhujel :
“My name is Anil Bhujel, and I am 10 years old and come from Sindhupalchwok district, Nepal. I have received education only up to grade UKG. I live with my elder sister and mother post my parent’s separation. My mother supports the family by working as a tea seller in Kathmandu.
Due to a lack of guidance and under the influence of my friends, I started to stay on the streets and was involved in some minor robbery cases. I picked up on addictions such as sniffing dendrite and smoking weed, but today I am completely free of those things. I was rescued by the Nepalese government. I was transferred to VOC’s Drop-In-Center (DIC) on 23rd May 2022, in coordination with National Child Rights Council (NCRC).
In the beginning, it was very difficult for me to stay at DIC but it was the social workers who helped me adapt to the environment. I did not know how to read and write at first but after regularly attending non-formal classes and participating in the activities of the center I want to focus on my education now. Today, I know how to read and write, and aim to be a teacher.”