The Learning Center of Kathmandu (TLC) seeks to promote the human development of underprivileged Nepalese of all ages through sustainable community-based educational enhancement programs.




• TLC’s programs focus on the educational needs of economically disadvantaged and socially marginalized individuals and communities in both urban and rural areas. Special attention is given to the needs of underprivileged children, both child workers and students, and working women. The programs thereby contribute to Nepal’s progress toward the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG), specifically in the areas of Poverty Alleviation, Education and Global Partnerships.


• TLC undertakes targeted remedial education interventions in communities willing to take responsibility for the education of their children. Through its Partners in Education (PIE) programs it provides essential expertise and seed funding that, coupled with the human capital of these communities,  promotes the development of sustainable programs that can be handed over to these communities and be replicated by others. Through cost-effective programs it provides leadership that allows communities to tap into the their own potential for overcoming the considerable shortcomings of Nepal’s educational system.


• Through partnerships with government and community schools , TLC’s Partners in Education (PIE) program aims to supplement Nepal’s education system, rather than supplant or disregard it, and to foster improvements in weak public sector schools through the motivation of students, guardians and teachers.


• By systematically bringing together volunteers and resources from private schools and the staff and students of government schools TLC constructively addresses the growing polarization between public and private education, which has been a source of social conflict .


• Through its Continuing and Remedial Education (CARE) program, TLC provides practical basic education classes for working children, particularly internal migrants, and adults, especially disadvantaged women, who are deprived of educational opportunities. CARE provides beneficiaries with the literacy and life skills needed to improve their economic and social situation.


• As an adjunct to CARE the Back-to-School program, to the extent available resources allow. identifies deserving and capable working children who can be reintegrated into the Nepali educational system and gives them the opportunity of a second chance, through intensive educational preparation and school-related financial support.