Gender Trouble Makers: Education and Empowerment in Nepal by Jennifer Rothchild

By Jennifer Rothchild

Overseas improvement efforts geared toward bettering ladies’ lives and schooling were well-intended, a bit of powerful, yet eventually short-sighted and incomplete. the reason is, foreign improvement efforts usually function below a reductive realizing of the time period 'gender' and the way it impacts the lives of ladies and boys. Gender is almost always conceived through overseas efforts as features that are ascribed to ladies as norms for behaviour. specifically, the research in Gender hassle Makers specializes in the social structures of gender and the ways that gender was once strengthened and maintained via a case research in rural Nepal. In constructing nations like Nepal, selling entry to and participation in present formal schooling programme is obviously important, however it isn't, in itself, enough to rework gender strength family members within the broader society. whilst gender is correctly addressed as a strategy, then all stakeholders concerned - researchers, governmental officers, and group contributors - can start to comprehend and devise better how you can bring up either woman and boy scholars’ enrollment, participation, and luck in class.

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In the country as a whole, where facilities are insufficient, classes are often held outdoors (Upadhyay 1990). 11). 11. Enrollment Numbers by Gender in Ten Jiri VDC Government Schools, 1999–2000 Alias Type of School/ Classes (grades) Offered No. of Students Enrolled No. of Girls Enrolled No. of Boys Enrolled H Primary (1–5) 124 44 80 SP Primary (1–5) 137 * 49 88 MS Primary (1–4) 138 58 80 B Primary (1–5) 74 29 45 JW Primary (1–5) 85 39 46 Ch Primary (Nursery3) 57 22 35 Sh Primary (Nursery/ 1–5) 95 33 62 ST Primary (1–5) 129 58 71 D Lower Secondary (nursery-8) 446 242 204 J Higher Secondary School (1–12) 816 ** 343 473 Source: Interviews with Jiri VDC Government School Head Teachers, 1999–2000.

Once the road was built, it replaced the old trail to Everest Base Camp that went south of the Jiri Valley. The flow of trekkers and tourists was thus diverted through the Jiri Valley; all the small shop owners and people who operated businesses from Lamosangu onwards subsequently migrated to Jiri with their businesses and shops. In 1999–2000, Jirels owned only three of approximately 20 lodges in the main bazaar and just one store in the smaller bazaar. To earn money, some Jirel subsistence farmers distilled raksi (an alcoholic drink made from fermented millet or corn) for these markets, acting as suppliers Setting the Context 39 to the Sunwar, Sherpa, and Hindu caste merchants.

The Office of the Election Commission during the 1991 elections, however, officially recognized 43 parties. In the Jiri Valley, the Communist Party and the Nepali Congress Party were the most visible and active at the time of this research. Therefore, in 1996–2000, most Jiri residents identified themselves with either the Communist or the Nepali Congress Party (Subedi, et al. 2000b). Most existing political parties in Nepal have been plagued by intraand inter-party quarrels over the distribution of appointments and business contracts, with the lion’s share going to relatives, friends and political supporters of key party leaders (Bhattachan 1994).

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