Her Highness visited the Umm Badda Alternative Learning Programme (ALP) in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. The programme is one of 3,900 in Sudan sponsored by Education Above All (EAA), a foundation set up by HH Sheikha Moza in 2012.
HH Sheikha Moza engaged with children, attended a life-skills class, and met with school management, teachers and various community members.
EAA’s Educate A Child programme is supporting UNICEF to educate 194 students at Umm Badda ALP, who were originally displaced from the regions of Abyei, Darfur and South Kordofan. The ALP is designed for out of school children who have never attended school, have dropped out, or who cannot be mainstreamed into the formal education system due to gaps in their achievement. Linkages between formal and alternative programmes allow for the flexibility needed for these learners to later join the formal system at the appropriate level.
Educate A Child and UNICEF support ALPs through the construction of new classrooms, textbooks and learning materials, training of facilitators, systems strengthening and partnership building.
Educate A Child and UNICEF have provided more than 461,000 out of school children with access to quality primary education in Sudan. By the end of 2017, this partnership will provide direct support to 600,000 out of school children with an opportunity to access education.
Student Insaf Osman Mussa, who is enrolled at the Umm Badda ALP said: “Alternative learning centres have been a good alternative for me, as after I divorced, I kept insisting to get back to school to continue my education. I tried to enrol in a classic school, but found that I was weak in some courses, such as sciences. So people advised me to enrol in an Alternative Learning Programme centre, and benefit from upgrading my education before attempting to go back to a classic school.”
“Through this accelerated programme with the ALP, I am improving my science education. Now I am attending the morning training in the second cycle, and I am quickly recovering my abilities and my knowledge. Next year, after the third cycle, I hope to be able to go back to a classic educational institution, and continue my education until I become a lawyer,” she continued.
Insaf is just one of the many thousands whose lives have been positively impacted by the innovative work of Educate A Child and its partners, in Sudan and elsewhere.