Stats on Nepal

 

The school is located in the Terai (flat plains) region in Southern Nepal. Almost half of Nepal’s population lives in the Terai. The region consists of many small villages where farming is the primary occupation, providing a livelihood for over 80% of the population. The Tharu ethnic group is the largest and poorest in the Terai. Sabita Thapa, the founder of the school, felt that if given a chance for an education, the Tharu could slowly change their status within Nepal. The status of Nepali women requires special attention as well.

 

Below are some interesting facts about Nepal taken from a number of website sources including UNICEF, Nepal's Ministry of Education, UNESCO, and CIA Factbook.

 

  • The population of Nepal is 29,400,000.

  • Life expectancy at birth is 70 years.

  • Maternal mortality rate: 170 deaths/100,000 births

  • Per capita income: $960.

  • Female literacy rate +5 years: 57%.

  • Male literacy rate +5 years: 75%.

  • 125 Caste/Ethnic Groups and 123 languages

  • Nepal is slightly larger than the state of Arkansas in the USA.

  • Highest point is Mount Everest at 8,850 meters (World's Highest Mountain)

  • Median age is 22.9 years

  • Urban population is 17%

  • Physician Density: 0.21 physicians/1,000 population (2004)

  • Obesity rate: 1.4%

  • Child labor-children between 5 to 14 years: 34% (2008)

 

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