In 2013 Kankali Secondary School faced a decline in its number of students as growing competition has drawn students away to more commercially oriented private schools. A such, QRi was commissioned to carry out research to better understand how to support public secondary schools and KSS in particular. The research highlighted the high potential of female students and that girls toilets were often very primitive, often deterring them from coming into school during their monthly cycle.
A three-stage methodology was applied. 1) Desk research, which consisted of using secondary data from UNESCO, The World Bank, the UN development program, USAID and education conference papers. This was shared with the district of education office (DEO) who commented on, and validated the findings. 2) A qualitative field trip to Kathmandu, inspired by cultural anthropology, was carried out in order for researchers to get first-hand experience and to collect video, photographic and audio documentation. The directors and headmasters of five schools were interviewed for qualitative data. 3) The final analysis and report demonstrated the integrated findings from the field trip and the DEO\'s inputs.
Each stage of the research provided different insight and understanding to the topic, specifically stage one, which gave headmasters and schools a clear feeling of their place on the Nepalese education map. The research confirmed and assured the value of what the schools were doing and enabled them insight into their problems and possible ways of improving. Significantly, it led to safer school access and most importantly, the building of \'Girl Friendly Toilets\'.