UNESCO Education UIL

Rural Education and Development (READ-Nepal), Nepal

READ Nepal is a not-for-profit country affiliate INGO of an American-based development organization, READ Global, that seeks to build literacy and empower rural communities through Community Libraries and Resource Centers (CLRCs). It strongly believes that educating and empowering rural communities can alleviate long-standing issues such as hunger and poverty.

READ Nepal was founded in 1991, under the headship of Dr. Antonia Neubauer, with the sole purpose of bringing books to a rural community in Junbesi upon the request of a local trekker. Over the years, it has grown and flourished into a network of strong, self-supporting CLRCs that have the potential to bring about positive socio-economic transformation in their working communities.

With close consultation and cooperation from the local communities, READ Nepal only helps prepare the ground for CLRCs to serve as a “hub for development” by providing physical inputs for library-building, books and other resource materials as well as software inputs, including trainings to the library staff and LMCs, for effective and sustained management of the centers. Over the long run, the CLRCs are community owned and managed by the community members for generations while being established channels for social mobilization, which has been widely acknowledged as READ Nepal’s niche area.

Areas of Specialization:

Basic education, Community development, Economic and social development, Education, Information and communication technologies, Poverty alleviation

User Profile:

Local community people, including students, professionals of different background, children  and women. The users of READ supported libraries encompass all the sections of the society.

Contact Information

Address:

GPO Box 11995
Dashrath Chand Street 524
Baluwatar
Kathmandu
Nepal

Phone:
(+977-1) 4423141 or (00977)-1-4439898
Fax:
(+977-1) 4430017
Contact person:
Ms Sanjana Shrestha

Basic Institutional Data:

Director:
Ms Sanjana Shrestha
Information staff:
28
Countries Served:
Nepal
Working Languages:
English, Nepali

Collection

Books and Documents:
7300 (in READ Nepal Office), and an average of 4340 books and documents in each CLRCs
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
10
Multimedia materials:
65
Others:
12 daily, weekly, monthly newspapers per CLRC

Methods of Data Management

Classification System
DDC System

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Reports of various development organizations, reports on research, seminar/workshop reports, e-newsletters

Special Activities

Literacy classes, workshops on contemporary issues, English language classes, computer training classes, women’s empowerment activities, livelihood training, skill-based training, capacity building training, saving and credit management training, leadership development training, social mobilization training, library management training and ‘Practical Answers’ inquiries collection program.

Networking

With local stakeholders, DDC, VDC and CBOs.

Studies and Surveys

External evaluation of READ Program Impact Assessment; Baseline Surveys of Community Library and Resource Centers; Internal and External Monitoring and Evaluation.

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Prolonged political struggles, power-cuts (electricity) problem; minimal support to the library, vacant local governing bodies in the community, funding constraints, lack of trained human resources in the library’s management committees.

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Providing alternative energy source, increasing advocacy and lobbying, creating foundation for better skilled librarians and stakeholders.

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

Work in joint partnership, promotion of READ model, improve the networking of DDC, VDC and other organizations with which READ is in a network.