An estimated 90% of children with disabilities in the developing world do not go to school. In a resource-poor country like Nepal, giving a child with physical disability access to education gives them the tools needed to become a productive member of society.
Since many children come from remote areas and many undergo protracted treatment, the average length of hospital stay is long (average about 3 weeks). However, with more serious procedures children have to stay at HRDC for months and months. This causes a great gap in their already limited access to education. The HRDC School started in 2014 with the aim of providing continuing education to admitted children and priming the ones who have had no exposure to education.
At HRDC three in-house teachers ensure that regular classes following standard national curriculum continue during hospital stay. The school space is also utilized to deliver parent education classes on preventable disability, lessons to overcome social stigma surrounding disability, and interaction programs where families talk to each other about their child’s disability and treatment. So far 4,457 (2,058 girls) as of Jun., 2021 children have benefitted from the HRDC School.