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SUDAN: Training Future Generations

Local Partner: The Canossian Foundation in Khartoum
Year: 2011

 Sudan

BACKGROUND
Investments in training programs and refresher courses in the Sudanese education/training system is an aspect that has always been ignored for many reasons, the prime one being lack of funds.
In the course of 2010, thanks to Harambee’s support, short training courses were carried out that aimed at enhancing the quality of methods used and developing an approach that includes continuous training and the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. The response on behalf of the recipients was much more positive than expected, both in terms of the number of participants and the enthusiasm showed. Harambee’s local partner requested continuity in this initiative in order to consolidate the knowledge and ideas acquired by last year’s participants.

IMPLEMENTATION
The objective of the project was to increase and improve basic schooling and the living conditions of children from different ethnic groups that live in refugee camps and/or are in great need or poverty-stricken. The project included: a multi-disciplinary training program for teachers in Khartoum/Jabarona/El Obeid; implementation of supporting educational activities in the refugee camps in Jabarona Omdurman (Khartoum); professional English courses for young people (in El Obeid and Jabarona) to give them a better chance at finding a job; implementation of supporting educational activities in Khartoum, Jabarona and El Obeid.

BENEFICIARIES
200 teachers at the pre-school and elementary school in the Khartoum and Jabarona Dioceses;
50 teachers at the pre-school in the El Obeid Diocese;
80 teachers at the elementary school and high school in the El Obeid Diocese;
100 children (5-13 years old) per year, residents in the Jabarona (Khartoum) refugee camps;
1,080 youths in El Obeid.

UPDATE
The project’s progress has been slowed down by the political and social instability of Sudan. The refugee camps’ lack of electricity for stretches of time has created further challenges. In spite of this, the project is being carried on by the Canossian Foundation as proposed and planned.