KHARTOUM, 11 October 2011 - UNICEF warmly welcomes the decision by the State Government of West Darfur to recruit an additional 1,000 teachers – an increase of more than 20 per cent over current levels -- to meet the educational needs of children in the state.
The Wali of West Darfur, Mr. Jafa'ar Abdulhakam, told UNICEF officials that the decision had been taken at a cabinet meeting in El Geneina on 4th October.
“This is a tremendously encouraging decision, underlining the utmost importance of strengthening the education opportunities for thousands of West Darfuri children, especially those living on the margins of society” said UNICEF Sudan representative, Nils Kastberg. “UNICEF stands ready to support West Darfur – and indeed every other Sudanese state – in their efforts to prioritise children’s needs in education, health and protection.”
“We hope that other state governments will follow the lead of West Darfur, investing extra resources in children as the best means of strengthening the economic and development potential of their societies”.
UNICEF has operated in West Darfur since 1995, working alongside government and other partners to promote the rights of children and women.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
For more information, please contact:
Simon Ingram, UNICEF Sudan
Tel + 249 912 177 573