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Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar visits education programmes helping 600,000 out-of-school children get an education in Sudan

KHARTOUM, 13 March 2017 - Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar, founder of Education Above All (EAA) Foundation has completed a two-day visit to Sudan during which she witnessed how Educate a Child and UNICEF are helping out-of-school children get a quality education at Alternative Learning Centres in Khartoum and North Kordofan.

In Khartoum state, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser met children at the Um Badda Learning Centre who for the first time are able to go to school to learn the curriculum and life-skills. Her Highness met with the school management team, teachers and community members who described how challenges including poverty, the scars of conflict, lack of quality training for teachers and gender prevent children from going to school in the country.


Since Educate A Child, which is funded by EAA, was founded in 2012 it has contributed $20 million to UNICEF in Sudan, some of which has supported the Alternative Learning Centres helping the country’s most excluded and vulnerable children access an education. More than 526,000 children previously out-of-school children have been reached since 2013. This year, the programme aims to reach a further 74,000.

This has been achieved through awareness raising campaigns, rehabilitation of classrooms, construction of school water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, provision of teaching materials and training of more than 3,000 ALP teachers. The Alternative Learning programme (ALP) reaches children who have never attended school, have dropped out of school, or have fallen so far behind that need extra support to catch up on lessons they have missed before they enter the standard education system.

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“A legacy of conflict and displacement has denied many children in Sudan their basic right to education. Now we have the opportunity to rebuild their lives and support the country’s sustainable development,” said Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar, founder of Education Above All. “Today I have witnessed first-hand how innovative, flexible, alternative-learning programmes for those who cannot be easily absorbed into formal-education systems are supporting children to bridge the gap in their education. Through Education Above All, we are transforming the lives of children around the world and helping to develop the leaders of the future.”

Education is a right and not a privilege. Yet for some 3 million children in Sudan, the majority of whom are girls from poor rural or nomadic communities, this right has proven elusive. For us at UNICEF -- every child counts -- and ensuring equal access to education for every child is not an option but an imperative,” said UNICEF Sudan Representative Abdullah Fadil.


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For more information contact: Alison Parker, chief of communication, UNICEF Sudan, Tel: +249-183156553670 aparker@unicef.org



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