Project

Improving Access to Education for OOSC in Sudan

The EAC and UNICEF Improving Access to Education for OOSC project provides direct support to 600,000 OOSC.

This is being achieved by mixing formal and alternative non-formal education approaches that address a combination of demand and supply factors affecting children’s access to primary education. Localities have been selected, mainly in states with enrolment rates below the national enrolment rate level, based on pre-defined criteria such as the availability of school infrastructure, the support provided by other partners, and community involvement. This project specifically targets vulnerable populations, including girls, nomadic populations, children with special needs, and children affected by emergency situations.

The project will build or rehabilitate a total of 600 classrooms, 360 of which are being constructed or rehabilitated to support expansion of alternative learning program (ALP) classes. Training is being provided to pre-service and in-service teachers as well as ALP facilitators. Approximately 3,500 ALP facilitators will be trained over the course of the project using existing ALP materials. The project also provides stationary, ALP books, and other necessary materials for teaching and learning. Analysis on the barriers to education and possible strategies to overcome those barriers will be conducted and used to inform advocacy and enrolment activities that will, in turn, encourage more participation in education programs and strategies to facilitate greater enrolments. Lastly, sensitization/awareness and enrolment campaigns will be developed and implemented based on the findings of the analysis. This will contribute to the project’s sustainability by sharing research about the barriers to education that will inform policy.

Partners

UNICEF

EAC and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) are partnering in Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen to bring quality basic education to over 3.3 million children.

Countries

Sudan

Sudan

Located near the north-eastern corner of the continent, the Republic of the Sudan shares borders with seven other African countries in the North and the sub-Sahara. Until the partition of its southern half in July 2011, which led to the birth of South Sudan, the country was the most geographically diverse and largest state in Africa. Though acceding to southern independence, various outstanding issues with South Sudan fester, especially regarding the matter of shared oil revenues and border demarcation. In addition, Sudan is still beset by conflict stemming from unrest in the western region of Darfur.