Project ONGD-FNEL 016 / 2016-2018

Project objective:

To build a hotel school in Pokhara to provide vocational training in hotel and catering trades for disadvantaged young people.

 Project value: €164 305 over 3 years (2016-2018)

 Location: Pokhara


From April 2017, the project will have the capacity to train 150-200 young people aged 16-25 (approx. 60 apprentices per year, on a 3-year course).

The ratio between paying and scholarship students will be around 50:50. The latter (some 30 per year) will be sponsored by the local partner in collaboration with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

The scholarship students will be poor and marginalised young men and women who have been living and working on the streets, have been victims of human trafficking, have dropped out of school and/or have been exploited as bonded or forced workers.

All the young students will benefit from quality training pitched at a high level, preparing them for employment on the national and international markets. The training programme will be set up by Nepal’s renowned GATE (Global Academy of Tourism & Hospitality Education), which is recognised by CTEVT (Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training) and remains geared to the demands of the labour market.

Local partner:

The local partner is the non-government organisation “Right4Children (R4C)”, established in January 2013 and based in Pokhara. The objective of R4C is to support socially disadvantaged children, adolescents and families. Website:

Sustainability outlook

The local partner is recognised by the Nepalese government and works closely together with representatives of the Ministry of Education and local communities in a bid to reduce the school drop-out rate.

Nepal has become a very popular tourist destination, especially since the end of the civil war in 2006. The annual number of tourists rose from 400 000 in 2006 to 800 000 in 2014. Pokhara itself has more than 500 hotels, 270 of which opened between 2006 and 2014. With the development of luxury properties around Pokhara and the construction of an international airport there, the next few years are likely to see an even greater expansion of hotels and restaurants, offering significant employment opportunities for the students who will be trained.

Once established, the school will be able to cover its running costs and offer scholarships to disadvantaged young people thanks to the financial contributions made by paying students and sponsors.

The high level of training, combined with the development of the domestic market, will allow the young people to establish themselves in Nepal rather than having to seek work abroad.