Building the Resilience of Youth: War Child in Sudan

War Child Canada's Sudan project has directly reached 29,456 learners and an estimated 211,330 indirect beneficiaries in West Darfur since 2005. The project targets out-of-school children and at-risk older children by increasing their access to formal and informal education opportunities in a conflict-sensitive manner.
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Year launched: 
2005
Launch country: 

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
Primary Approach: 
Implementer: 
War Child Canada

Location Data

State/Province: 
West Darfur
City: 
Krenick, Beida, Jebel, Moon, and Geneina localities
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Program Description: 

War Child Canada’s project in Sudan launched in 2005 following a study in El Geneina that revealed that displaced youth were among the most disenfranchised groups in West Darfur. These youth, with little protection, few educational or employment opportunities, and even fewer leisure activities, were at risk of becoming a “lost generation.” As war, displacement and urbanization continually heighten this risk, War Child’s education programming provides a safe learning environment and opportunities for vulnerable youth to re-enter the formal education system. War Child in Sudan implements a broad portfolio of programming in formal and informal educational settings.

Formal education programs comprise the following:

  • Accelerated Learning Programs (ALP’s) offer out-of-school children fast-paced coursework in multiple subjects in preparation for their re-entry into education systems. Between 2008 and 2012, over 9,200 youth participated in ALP programming from Krenick, Beida, Jebel Moon, and Geneina localities. 
  • Teacher trainings and workshops including the formalized Training of Trainers (TOT) program equips prospective teachers with the necessary skills to work in their respective localities. The Ministry of Education offers accreditation for TOT and teachers who complete the program are eligible to be hired by the government.
  • Renovation and maintenance of schools and classrooms provides necessary physical education infrastructure. War Child also furnishes its renovated schools with necessary supplies and equipment.
  • Facilitating the development of parent-teacher association (PTAs) helps raise awareness of child rights, gender equality, child protection, and gender-based violence that keeps threatens education.

Informal education programs include youth development and vocational training:

  •  Community-based learning gathers informal support for youth “committees” across the state of West Darfur to improve conflict management skills and attitudes among participants.  The curriculum uses the “Youth to Youth” (Y2Y) methodology, which is an adaptation of the widely used Child to Child methodology and brings young together to identify shared problems and develop shared solutions. The comprehensive Y2Y curriculum includes courses such as Conflict Management and Peace-Building, Reproductive Health, Human Rights and Protection, and Effective Communication For Peace.
  • Construction and maintenance of youth centers along with the issuing of small grants allow youth to take ownership of their committee events and meetings.
  • Recreational programs encourage peace and gender equality through arts, sports, and other leisure activities.
  • Vocational training in trades such as masonry, food processing, carpentry, sewing, metal work and shoemaking impart tangible skills upon learners and make them more employable. Crucial agricultural training such as the distribution of seeds and tools, vaccination and protection of livestock, rehabilitation of wells and other community water points, along with other modern agricultural techniques, is offered to students at demonstration farms and in field schools. 

In 2012, War Child Canada’s vocational training and skills development programs reached 6,913 direct beneficiaries. Overall in 2012, War Child Canada programming in Sudan impacted 29,456 direct beneficiaries and 211,330 indirect beneficiaries. War Child Canada consults and coordinates with the Ministries of Education, Agriculture, Youth, and Animal Resources, along with local Sudanese community organizations, to implement its programs.