December 6: The Government of Finland and UNICEF have committed 8 million euros to enhance quality services in Education and in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programmes for children in Nepal.
Finland’s ambassador to Nepal Pertti Anttinen and UNICEF Representative in Nepal Elke Wisch signed a partnership agreement for the next three years in this regard, reads a joint statement issued by the Finish Embassy and UNICEF.
While Nepal has registered significant progress in access to education and water and sanitation services in recent decades, many are not learning even basic skills due to challenges with the quality and inclusiveness of education, the statement added.
With 71 per cent of households collecting drinking water from contaminated sources, the quality of WASH services is similarly challenged.
In response, the partnership will support a range of early childhood, basic formal education and adolescent non-formal education interventions with a strong focus on improving quality, safety and inclusiveness, particularly for children from different mother tongue backgrounds and for children with disabilities.
According to the statement, WASH interventions will aim to provide universal access and water safety for some of the most unreached populations in Nepal.
"The core goal of Finland’s development policy is to eradicate extreme poverty and to reduce poverty and inequality. Finland’s actions strive to promote that the rights of children and the most vulnerable, notably the disabled, are taken account of in all our activities, women and girls are better educated and have better skills, and to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all," said Anttinen.