Education Cannot Wait announces US $ 17.7 million grant for new multi-year resilience program in Sudan [EN/AR] – Sudan

Delivered in partnership with Save the Children and UNICEF, the seed funding grant aims to mobilize US $ 60 million in additional support

January 11, 2022, New York – Education Cannot Wait (ECW) today announced US $ 17.7 million catalytic seed funding to roll out a first-ever multi-year resilience program in Sudan.

The catalytic grant will be provided in partnership with Save the Children and UNICEF. The grant aims to catalyze additional funding of US $ 60 million for the multi-year program while drawing international attention to the urgent humanitarian crisis in Sudan.

The initial financial investment will support access to quality life-sustaining education programs for at least 100,000 displaced, conflict-affected and vulnerable children and adolescents in Sudan. To reach the most vulnerable and marginalized, 60% of beneficiaries are girls and 10% are children with disabilities.

The investment will be implemented by a Save the children-led consortium (US $ 14.7 million grant) – which includes the Norwegian Refugee Council, International aid services and Global Help Hand — and Unicef ($ 3 million grant).

“Conflict, COVID-19, climate change and the worsening economic crisis are derailing efforts to establish peace, unity and sustainable development in Sudan. Without education, girls and boys face an increased risk of child marriage, early pregnancy, exploitation, abuse, recruitment into armed groups and child labor. Our investment in education is an investment in the future of Sudan. It is an investment to end poverty and hunger. It’s an investment for peace, ”said Yasmine Sherif, director of Education Cannot Wait, the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises.

“In recent years, education has been severely disrupted for millions of children in Sudan, with children, girls and children with disabilities most affected. Save the Children, along with its consortium partners, are delighted to participate in the Education Cannot Wait multi-year resilience program to provide life-saving and life-saving educational opportunities for the most vulnerable children in Sudan. environment with excellent teachers, whose professional development is supported. This program will enable the most marginalized and vulnerable children in Sudan to return to school, stay in school and build a future, ”said Arshad Malik, country director of Save the Children Sudan.

“The children of Sudan need educational support more than ever. This multi-year resilience program will provide inclusive, quality and protective learning environments for vulnerable girls and boys living in very difficult circumstances. It protects their right to develop and flourish. investment, we have a chance to ensure that no child in Sudan is left behind, whatever their circumstances and where they come from, because education cannot wait, ”said Mandeep O’Brien, representative of UNICEF in Sudan.

A growing crisis

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated 4.3 million children were out of school in Sudan, and 9.6 million more suffered extended absences in 2020. Schools are overcrowded and poorly equipped, teachers are underpaid and under-trained, and few children and adolescents are able to access distance learning opportunities.

Girls are the most vulnerable. Only one in four girls goes to secondary school in Sudan, compared to one in three for boys.

About 7 million people face critical levels of food insecurity across the country, and access to clean water and sanitation facilities in schools is severely limited.

Program impact

The multi-year program responds to the country’s most urgent chronic and emerging educational, humanitarian and development needs. The overall objective of the program is to sustainably improve the learning outcomes, availability of opportunities and the general well-being of children and adolescents affected by the crisis in Sudan by introducing a comprehensive approach to child education. .

With the support of ECW, partners in the country aim to reach 10,000 children in preschool, 68,500 children in primary education and 22,150 children in secondary education. About 85% of target beneficiaries will be supported through formal education, while 15% are children and adolescents living in camps or settlements and will be supported through non-formal education.

The investment will initially focus on South Kordofan and West Darfur, where recurring conflict and violence have led to a sharp increase in the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance.

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