The latest Sudan Education Sector Bulletin provides an overview of activities between April-July 2016. Key highlights:
• Ongoing Education in Emergencies (EiE) response to the Jebel Mara displacement in North and Central Darfur states.
• Education sector partners are responding to a new wave of South Sudanese refugees in the East Darfur state through establishing learning spaces, WASH facilities, basic supplies and teacher training.
• Heavy rains and flooding have affected the learning of thousands of children in various states - there is an ongoing assistance to the schools affected.
• EiE funding status indicates that as of July 2016, only 6% of actual EiE funding has been secured.
Sudan is making education a priority
The minister of education of Sudan, Suad Abdulraziq, explains that her country is rebuilding and strengthening its education system after having experienced conflict. Sudan’s three priorities are enrolling more children in school, providing them a quality education, and training teachers. The Global Partnership for Education is supporting the country with a US$76.5 million grant.
Sudan has both the largest number and the highest rate of out-of-school children in the region. Some 3 million children between the ages 5 to 13 are out of school, including 490,6735-year-oldswho should be in pre-primary (50%), 1,965,068 primary school aged children (37%)and 641,587 lower secondary school aged children (40%).
15% of primary school children are at risk of dropping out before the final grade of primary school.
At particular risk of being excluded from school are: girls, children affected by war and IDPs, children in rural areas, poor children and some ethnic and religious groups.
Gender discrimination means that girls are kept out of school or not encouraged to attend.
Social norms among some ethnic and religious groups devalue education, especially when compared to the need for labour on family farms/herds.
Poverty and child labour make the worst-off children 15 times more likely to be out of school than their richest peers. Such families cannot afford school fees, uniforms, transport and other associated costs. Although there is a free education policy, it is not widely enforced.
Educational resources are limited and policies are not enforced in some states, particularly those affected by conflict. More generally, a lack of investment has resulted in schools lacking basic supplies, a decent, safe environment with sufficient sanitation facilities and well-trained teachers. Sometimes, whatever schools there are are too far away.
There is a lack of effective protection systems for targeting vulnerable families.
Early marriage, particularly in rural areas and among nomads.
Low literacy rates, particularly in rural areas.
POLICIES AND STRATEGIES
The Education Sector Strategy Plan for 2012-2016 commits to EFA goals and activities to meet MDG education targets.
Community mobilization and enrolment campaigns have been partly successful in changing social norms and promoting education in low-enrolment areas. At the same time, increasing demand has been met with new classrooms and education materials.
The Interim Basic Education Strategy provides a framework for coordination of sector financing and support among key partners. It also provides a results-based planning and monitoring framework for progress towards access for all to quality basic education, as well as improvement of secondary, vocational and non-formal education.
The Ministry of Education’s National Council for Literacy and Adult Education has been implementing an Alternative Learning Program for out-of-school children, focused on numeracy and literacy to enable re-integration into the appropriate level of the formal system. Life-skills and vocational training are also provided.
The Education Management Information System (EMIS) has played a critical role in capturing disaggregated educational input and output data. However, the system is still not fully operational and needs to be upgraded. In addition, the documentation of state-level education spending needs to be addressed more broadly in order to improve public financial management within the Ministry of Finance and National Economy.
The sub-sector strategic plan for the education of nomads has been updated for 2013-2016.
- Increase public spending on basic education and pre-school.
- Strengthen local institutional capacity in planning, management and implementation of education programmes.
- Improve the Education Management Information System.
- Bridge the gap between policy formulation and implementation, and establish follow-up mechanisms.
- Reduce and gradually eliminate high school costs/education fees.
- Continue constructing and opening new schools with pre-school facilities in areas with low enrolment.
- Improve teacher pay.
- Promote community involvement and participation in school activities.
REPORTS & FACT SHEETS
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics country profile
- Global Partnership for Education country profile
- Educate a Child country profile
- World Bank Sudan overview
- UNESCO IIEP Pôle de Dakar country profile
- Sudan Education Sector Bulletin (4th Issue, September 2015)
- Sudan Education Sector Bulleti (6th Issue, April-July 2016)
- UNICEF Sudan Education Sector Bulletin: March 2015, June 2015
- Sudan Interim Basic Education Strategy 2012
- Educate a Child: Invest in Sudan's future generations (Qatar Airways magazine, page 43)
- World Bank SABER country profile on student assessment
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