A teacher, a school and a community get a new beginning in East Darfur

A new classroom brings a new perspective

Lisa Ewertson
School in East Sudan
UNICEF/Lisa Ewertson
08 August 2019

Najwa is a pre-school teacher in El Ferdous, a locality located in the eastern part of Darfur. With support from UNICEF she teaches in a newly constructed classroom with brand new teaching and play materials. 

Before, her classroom was made of basic local materials which at times made it difficult to hold class (lessons), especially when it rained. The new classrooms are constructed with sturdier materials. Najwa has already noticed that when families see the new classrooms more children want to enroll in pre-school and many children do not want to go home at the end of the day.

The old pre-school classroom in front of the newly constructed two classrooms with a teacher office.
UNICEF/Lisa Ewertson
The old preschool built with basic materials in front of the newly constructed school.

Najwa has been a pre-school teacher for over 10 years and as part of the UNICEF supported Education in Emergencies project she has received training in preschool teaching methodology and psychosocial support. The training helped her to organize her classes and better plan for the next day. She also has changed her classes from being solely instruction-based to being more interactive and incorporating elements of play. The psychosocial support training she received also helped her support and handle aggressive children in the classroom and she has completely stopped using corporal punishment with her students. 

Teacher in East Darfur
UNICEF/Lisa Ewertson
Najwa is a preschool teacher in El Ferdous, a locality located in the eastern part of Darfur.

UNICEF, with support from DFID, the EU Humanitarian Aid and Learning for Life, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and implementing partner UMCOR, is supporting a total of ten schools in El Ferdous locality in East Darfur. This project supports both South Sudanese Refugees, host community and vulnerable areas in the locality to improve both access to, and quality of, education.  The project includes construction of new classrooms and preschool centers, teacher training, parent teacher associations, child clubs, and the implementation of integrated child protection activities. UNICEF also distributed teaching and learning materials and early childhood development kits which enhance young children’s learning through play activities.