Norwegian Ambassador Kjell Tormod Pettersen and Baikuntha Aryal, Joint Secretary Ministry of Finance. 
Photo: Kamla Bisht.Norwegian Ambassador Kjell Tormod Pettersen and Baikuntha Aryal, Joint Secretary Ministry of Finance. Photo: Kamla Bisht

Norway signs the agreement with the Government of Nepal on the new School Sector Development Plan (SSDP)

Norway has been a lead supporter for education in Nepal, and since 2009 the main focus of the support has been allocated the government’s sector program for education.

A robust school education system, which safeguards the achievements made over the past years and ensures minimum quality and accessibility while allowing adaptation to the diverse context and needs within the country, is crucial for progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and for building a democratic federal republic under the new constitution.

SSDP covers all levels of school education, and the program will benefit over 7 million students annually, and over 180,000 teachers and ECED facilitators in over 34,000 community schools and centres across the country. The SSRP and previous programmes had stressed improving overall access to education, as well as setting the agenda on quality and learning outcomes. As such, the SSDP will further this agenda through an increased focus on the quality of education and equitable access, participation and learning outcomes.

Norway has also worked actively to introduce Computerized Digital Accounting Systems (CGAS) in the new agreement, in order to further strengthen the public financial management in the Ministry of Education.


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