15 December 2011 - UNICEF, Al Massar mark 10 years partnership for nomadic children
Khartoum, 15 December 2011 – Ten years of fruitful collaboration between national non-government organisation, Al Massar Charity Organization, and UNICEF were commemorated at an event held here on Wednesday.
“We are happy to be improving the situation of nomadic children with UNICEF’s unwavering support for the last 10 years. We look forward to continued collaboration in the years ahead,” said Al Massar General Director Osman Hussein Abu Baker.
Sudan has an estimated 2.9 million people who are identified as nomads (8.5 per cent of the population) and their movement spans over one third of the country. Al Massar has played an important role to help UNICEF mobilise nomadic communities and other resources to support education as well as other basic services such as health and water and sanitation.
Speaking at the event, UNICEF Country Representative Nils Kastberg said: “Partnering with Al Massar was a natural choice for UNICEF as we are committed to reach each and every child and ensure they get a good start in life.” UNICEF Country Representative Nils Kastberg said: “Partnering with Al Massar was a natural choice for UNICEF as we are committed to reach each and every child and ensure they get a good start in life.”The non-government organization has been working closely with UNICEF’s nomadic children education project that was launched in 1993 following findings that showed that the education status within these communities was very weak, with very high illiteracy, especially among girls.
Now there are some 1,476 schools for nomadic children in the 13 targeted states, enrolling more than 178,000 pupils out of which 38 per cent are girls. There are, however, 362,000 children of nomadic communities still out-of-school.
UNICEF, Al Massar and other partners are working with policymakers in governments and partner non-governmental organizations to establish the best possible conditions in nomadic schools to sustain the children and ensure that learning is of good quality.
Established in 2000, Al Massar works in the field of nomads’ development and environment conservation and provides services including education, health, water, livestock health, resource management, income generation activities, and others.
For more information, please contact:
Simon Ingram, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Sudan Country Office