Move 4 New Horizons

Move 4 New Horizons in Nepal is a holistic education program that consists of an early childhood development component, non-formal education classes, and vocational training. It seeks to ensure that all children, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, caste, or ethnicity, have access to basic education and can succeed in the job market.

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Dang District (Midwestern Development Region)Tulsipur and nine rural communitiesRural

Move 4 New Horizons (M4NH), which is implemented by the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) and the Nepalese grassroots organization Dalit Welfare Organization (DWO), is a holistic education program to ensure disadvantaged children and young people in Nepal can complete basic education and access the job market, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, caste, or ethnicity. M4NH adopts a sport- and play-based approach, using sports and games to reach academic learning objectives as well as to teach life skills in an age-appropriate and fun way. 

The program comprises three main components:

  • Early childhood development (ECD): There are 15 ECD centers, which target children ages 3 to 5, with 2 field level staff each. Each staff member is trained in establishing an appropriate learning environment, setting learning objectives, and addressing the wide range of needs and taking into account the various abilities and backgrounds of the children. Activities in the ECD centers follow the key principles of active involvement and multi-sensory exploration and include story time; singing, dancing, and making music; painting, drawing, and coloring; and sports and games to enhance pre-mathematics skills and literacy development.
  • Non-formal education (NFE): The NFE classes target out-of-school children who have dropped out or have never been to school with the aim of facilitating their transition into the public school system. Like the ECD program, the NFE classes incorporate games and sports into the curriculum to help the students learn basic reading, writing, and mathematical skills, as well as life skills, such as working with a team, communicating with others, and dealing with emotions.
  • Vocational training (VT): The VT classes, which are for students between 15 and 22 years old, follow a dual approach consisting of a practical component and general business courses. For the former, students can choose from 21 selected professions including tailoring, beautician, and candle-making, and gain training, whether in classes or in apprenticeships with a local entrepreneur. Moreover, they take courses in basic business knowledge, such as how to finance a business, and participate in sports and games to build up entrepreneurial and employability skills.  

All three programs are supplemented with supporting activities, such as a parental education program for ECD and NFE, a follow-up of ECD and NFE graduates who have transitioned to mainstream education (as well as meetings with parents and teachers if necessary), child clubs for NFE students, and credit and savings groups for mothers of NFE students. VT graduates profit from career counseling through a mentoring program and from experience exchange in youth clubs. 

M4NH has developed handbooks and manuals on general guidelines for ECD, NFE, and VT that are available for free online.

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