Maya Universe Academy provides quality education to low-income communities in Nepal through work-exchange programs with students’ parents.

Maya Universe Academy is a non-profit organisation focused on improving the accessibility of quality education in rural Nepal. The Maya Model utilises the skills and time of the students’ parents in order to help run their schools. Parents commit to work at a school for two days per month, per child enrolled, allowing the school to cover the remaining costs of running the school. Maya have three schools in Nepal and are looking to expand further.

We embrace social responsibility and creative-mindfulness to educate and inspire our students and their families to build community, gain greater independence, and transform their lives.

Manjil Rana – Co-Founder of Maya Universe Academy

At Maya Universe Academy, education is provided by both full-time teachers as well as volunteers from all parts of the world. By focusing on flexible learning styles, physical games, and board games, the students are given the opportunity to express and develop leadership skills and strategic thinking. Utilising parents’ work contributions, both students and parents get hands-on experience in agriculture, animal husbandry, expressive arts and computer skills, which are all incorporated into the Maya Model.

Why you should care

Many developing countries lack the resources to provide quality education. By providing holistic schooling to more than 300 disadvantaged school children in rural Nepal, Maya Universe Academy is increasing access to education and equipping students with the relevant skills to break out of generational poverty.

How the Global Goals are addressed

No Poverty

Improving education has been cited as one of the best routes out of poverty. By encouraging parents to volunteer at the school, the Maya Universe Academy is improving access to education for those in remote locations lacking financial resources.

Zero Hunger

The Maya Model incorporates agriculture and community farming into the school curriculum, with produce being used to help to keep tummies full and minds focused.

SDG4 Quality education

Quality Education

With both children and parents invested in the school, kids are less likely to skip class. The school receives help from parents for the less demanding and more routine tasks, allowing the qualified teachers to focus on higher quality education.