Empowering children to become agents of change

Building resilience and providing psychosocial support to the children in Kassala state, Eastern Sudan

Hadeel Agab
27 November 2020

Sudan hosts over 1.1 million refugees, of whom one out of three is a school-aged child. Migrant and displaced children face numerous challenges such as violence, abuse, exploitation or discrimination and miss out on education and proper medical care. These difficulties have lasting physical and psychological effects and prevent children on the move from reaching their full potential.

Children in Kassala
A group of children standing in a village on the outskirts of Kassala, the capital of the state of Kassala in Eastern Sudan.

UNICEF provides safe spaces for children and adolescents, psychosocial support and innovation activities in order to ensure cohesion among host communities and displaced population.

The Child and Adolescent safe Space (CASS) facilitators in Kassala established many groups, sports teams, and activities to make the CASSs attractive to the children, adolescents and community members, these activities include:

Girls dance band

The girls band was formed in Wad Sharefee city in Kassala state in Eastern Sudan. It consists of 17 girls, and 2 girls out of them are managing the band affairs. The members of the band contribute to support the provision of uniforms and accessories.

Kassala Children
Girls performing a Sudanese traditional dance in Wad Sahrefee city in Kassala state, Eastern Sudan.


A volleyball team for girls was formed in Al Girba city, as part of the initiative led by adolescents in the school. They started their training and prepared themselves to compete for the state cup. After this initiative; this volleyball sport has become more popular and attractive for girls.

Kassala Children
Dream team playing volleyball in Al Girba city in Kassala state, Eastern Sudan

UNICEF Sudan, with the support of the Government of Germany, and in collaboration with JASMAR, works to ensure that vulnerable children and adolescents from host and displaced communities have the necessary life skills to build resilience, enhance employability and empower them as agents of change within their communities.