About the Project
Move 4 New Horizons is an educational program for vulnerable, disadvantaged children who are deprived of education. It is implemented by the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) and the Nepalese grassroots non-profit Dalit Welfare Organization (DWO). Over a period of three years, an innovative approach to education was piloted in non-formal education classes. Out-of-school children were taught basic reading, writing and mathematical skills in a playful way by systematically incorporating well-guided sporting and play activities into daily teaching. The program thus represents a holistic approach to education, supporting the psychosocial development of children who have experienced discrimination and improving their future prospects by preparing them to enter the formal education system. Since the playful approach has proved to be particularly well-adapted to the needs of educationally deprived children, the project’s outreach was expanded to early childhood development (ECD) and vocational training (VT) to ensure an educational continuum for disadvantaged children and youths. At the moment, 15 ECD centers, 10 NFE classes and 10 VT courses are located in different rural villages, targeting low-caste children and young people between the ages of 3 and 22 with the aim of integrating them into the formal education system or enabling them to compete in the job market.