- Free Education for Impoverished Children
The mission of this organization is to provide education free of cost to children who are disabled, orphans, helpless and destitute. This organization believes that no child should be deprived of receiving an education whether they are poor or rich, low caste or high caste, orphans or non-orphans.
- A Dedicated Team of Hard Working Staff
The Moonlight school is made up of a small team of hard-working individuals that live within Kathmandu and have a deep understanding of Nepal’s socio-cultural particularities. Teaching staff at the Moonlight School all receive a lower salary (sometimes around 50% less) than they could negotiate at private schools and willingly work longer days. The School’s founder and the management team work on a volunteer basis. Yet, despite these financial sacrifices, the quality of education at the Moonlight School remains above national averages.
- Student-Focused Learning
We have been teaching the children according to the national curriculum of the Educational Association of Nepal. In the curriculum, the children must study English, Nepali, Science, Math, Social and General Knowledge as well as creative lessons like Computing, Music, Art, Dance/Music, and Drawing. By offering such a holistic curriculum to the students from such a young age, the Moonlight School has been able to cultivate student passions and talents and to ensure that its educational curriculum remains both informative and enjoyable. Furthermore, the Moonlight School limits its class numbers to 20 students.
- Gender Equality
Gender inequality is a serious concern in Nepal, where women experience high maternal mortality rates, higher unemployment rates, domestic violence, and weak political representation. Women are particularly disadvantaged in regards to access to education – as is evidenced in the 23 percent gap in adult literacy between males and females (adult literacy is 53 percent for women and 76 percent for men). The Moonlight Foundation is deeply committed to promoting gender equality across both staff and student numbers.