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Inclusive quality education for the most vulnerable children in Sudan

Young school girl in Sudan
Save the Children

Sudan’s political, economic and social situation remains fragile, exasperated by COVID-19, and localised violence in parts of the country, coupled with climatic hazards and disease outbreaks. Three million school-age children in Sudan do not go to school. A sharp increase in this number is expected and it is estimated that up to 7 million children in Sudan are to be out of school in 2023.

Studies show that education in Sudan suffers from both low access due to child labour and marriage and poor learning outcomes. A lack of school meals, poor diet and nutrition affect education-learning outcomes. The poor physical environment combined with lack of teaching material contribute to the school dropout rate and weak outcomes.


This Education programme is lead by Save the Children in partnership with World Vision, Journalists for Children Association (JFC), SABAH Association for child care and development, Sudanese Organization for Relief and Recovery (SORR) and Child Development Foundation (CDF). It incorporates lessons learned and feedback from children, teachers, parents, and other relevant groups within similar EU supported initiatives, such as the EQUIP 1 (2018-2021) and EQUIP 2 (2021-2024). The school feeding component will complement efforts by WFP in the targeted States. It will also complement the Education in Emergency activities led by Save the Children and the EU.

The main objective of the EU-financed programme is to ensure that girls and boys in Sudan realise their right to quality, safe and inclusive primary education in a protective environment.

The following four priorities have been identified:

  • Improved access to inclusive, safe, protective, and quality primary formal and non-formal education services for vulnerable boys and girls:  addressing key needs in terms of infrastructure, inclusiveness, and quality of teaching by ensuring that infrastructure is inclusive and accessible, quality of teaching is enhanced and that the education quality assurance framework is improved.
  • Improved availability and access to nutritious food for students in both formal and non-formal education, using locally produced food: students will be provided with essential learning material and hot, nutritious daily meals on school days. Awareness raising will be put in place for children and communities on good feeding practices.
  • Improved access to protection services for girls and boys
  • Ensuring children’s rights and voices are heard and amplified within communities


A total of 83,000 children including the most vulnerable and marginalised, such as 600 children with disability, will benefit from this programme.

The project targets schools in 6 states: North and Central Darfur, North and South Kordofan, Sennar and Khartoum.