Nestled between the two giants of China and India, the landlocked country of Nepal only recently became a republic in 2008 after decades of being ruled by monarchs. Though it has a flourishing tourism industry, the country remains one of the poorest and is transitioning to democracy after decade-long civil war that ended in 2006. The conflict has taken a toll on the country as the government navigates through the political, ethnic and social divides while trying to improve the country’s education and employment systems.
Recently, the government of Nepal has made substantial progress in reforming its technical, vocational education training (TVET). In 2012, the government renewed the TVET Policy, which focuses on vocational training based on market needs and partnering with businesses and industry to increase job opportunities. At the same time, the Government of Nepal has recognized the need to review its TVET organizational structure and operational practices so that the curriculum is relevant and responsive to industry needs and supports quality learning and teaching.
WUSC has been present in Nepal for several years through the volunteer placement of skilled Canadian professionals through the Uniterra volunteer program. Uniterra volunteers work alongside local partners in Nepal focusing on food and agriculture development and sustainable forestry management. In 2014, WUSC began a new initiative to improve employment and strengthen vocational training institutions for youth across the country.