People In Need’s Aarambha project will support up to 8,500 married, out-of-school adolescent girls from the central Terai region, one of the poorest regions of Nepal with the highest rates of illiteracy, innumeracy, and early marriage. The project seeks to address the issue of girls’ low social status – the principal barrier impeding their safety, health and education – and to improve their learning outcomes through formal and non-formal education methods.


  • Delivering over 250 hours of literacy and numeracy instruction per student which equates to one grade-equivalent.
  • Offering cognitive and non-cognitive life skills such as infant care and training and support on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), sexual and reproductive health and rights and menstrual hygiene management.
  • Establishing community mentors and Change Champions to reduce community barriers and challenge harmful norms and practices such as early marriage and early school-dropout.
  • Establishing peer and student-led networks and workshops for both boys and girls to raise awareness around child marriage, SGBV and related-issues.
  • Training teachers in Gender and Social Inclusion and the additional needs of married, out-of-school girls, gender-sensitive teaching methods and non-violent class management methods to promote inclusion and retain girls in formal education.
  • Promoting discussion at a family, community and government level around girls’ education and the individualised needs of married, out-of-school girls.

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*Number subject to adjustment following identification of beneficiaries