Impact / Blog


December 26, 2023

United World Schools

5 mins

We’re journeying to Nepal to check in on our Happily Ever Smarter project which we’re delivering in partnership with the UK Government.

Happily Ever Smarter was a UWS appeal which ran from April-July 2021 backed by the UK government as part of the UK Aid Match initiative.

Our Happily Ever Smarter project began in April 2022, and now, just over 18 months later, we want to share how we’ve been getting on.

Education is key to helping children live Happily Ever Smarter

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, with an economy largely dependent on tourism. As a result, government investment in education has been limited, tending only to reach communities based along main roads.  However, many remote villages can’t be reached by road. This means that thousands of children from remote and marginalised communities are excluded from education. Literacy rates remain among the lowest in the world – just 10% of people in rural populations can read and write.

However, through improved access to quality education and better infrastructure provided by this project, we’re changing this story. Funded by the UK public and match funded by the UK government, our Happily Ever Smarter project is an example of what can be achieved through hard work and collaboration.

We’re thrilled to share that 18 months in, this project has significantly impacted the lives of 2,404 children so far. By the end of the project, we aim to bring that number to over 8,500 children.

Meet some of the people making this work possible…

Every school we run is supported by an incredible team of talented and inspiring people.

From skilled builders like Mina, to talented teachers like Mausami, to generous supporters like you, this work takes all of us.

We all have a role in ending education poverty.

Thank you.