Sudanese Youth Computer Skills Training

 In Sudan, much like many other African nations, the number of out-of-school youth is increasing exponentially each year. According to UNICEF, due to the aftermath of war and the lack of focus on education, over three-quarters of the youth begin in primary school, but this figure drops by 50% in secondary schools. This issue began even before the pandemic, but following the closing of schools, students are on the verge of dropping out altogether.

In response, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) has allocated $11 million for distance-learning expenses, including learning packets, TV and radio programs, publishing lessons in newspapers, and cell phone data. Furthermore, the money will provide water storage tanks and protect young girls from exposure to sexual violence and early pregnancy. Separately from their COVID-19 response and through the World Bank Board, the GPE has also provided funding to supply six million students with textbooks and literacy programs. Although these efforts are crucial starting points, nearly 3 million students still need education assistance as of April this year. For more information regarding the education system in Sudan, visit:
I.    History of education
II.    Current education system

The situation in South Sudan is very similar to that of Sudan with over 70% of out-of-school youth, most of which are young girls. Additionally, 33% of schools have either been destroyed or repurposed as a result of both the war and the pandemic. External organizations, such as UNICEF, the GPE, and UNESCO, have taken measures to resolve this growing issue. UNICEF has funded the overall development of education in South Sudan, including the construction of classrooms, training of teachers, and donations of reading materials and radios. At the end of March 2021, UNESCO initiated a project to develop two digital libraries to support the distance-learning efforts of the nation. The main goal of this project is to allow students to improve their literacy and establish the importance of education in this nation. The GPE has also taken action in South Sudan following the pandemic, allocating $7 million to finance distance-learning booklets and materials, TV and radio programs, and classroom sanitation. For more information regarding the involvement of external organizations in South Sudan, visit:
I.    UNICEF
II.    UNESCO
III.    GPE

How can you help?
This grave issue must not be overlooked. If the current climate in these East African nations continues as is, not only will the youth’s future be put at risk, but the future of the nations as a whole. Now is the time to act, before this issue becomes irreversible. Below is a GoFundMe page that we hope you consider donating to. If you are unable to do so, please spread the link out:
Sudanese Youth Computer Skills Training Fund

 

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