Education in Sudan
The government of Sudan recognizes education as a right for every citizen and guarantees access to free basic education. Achieving the Education for All targets is considered a pre-requisite for achieving socio-economic stability in Sudan.
The vision of the Interim Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) is to create a distinctive education system based on science and values, with an emphasis on improving the access to school, the quality of the education being received, as well as a strengthening of the country’s educational system.
The plan outlines three strategic pillars:
- Improve access to schooling for all including pre-school, basic and secondary education, technical and vocational, and out-of-school youth and adults.
- Improve quality of schooling at all levels.
- Strengthen the institutional capacity of the education system through curriculum renewal, learning assessments, system, teacher, and school management, and school health and nutrition.
There are six national objectives, with various intervention areas:
- To improve access to and quality of pre-school education through:
- Developing sub-sector diagnostic and early childhood care policy
- Strengthening and standardizing the curriculum
- Improving teaching quality and providing teaching and learning materials
- To increase access to basic education through increasing capacity, reducing household costs, and encouraging demand.
- To provide access to general, technical and vocational education at secondary level to eligible basic school graduates and reduce disparities through:
- Building new schools in areas with low enrollment rates and new streams to existing schools in densely populated areas
- Removing barriers that prevent successful basic education graduates from joining secondary education
- Ensuring access for special groups by establishing boarding facilities for students and housing for teachers
- Establishing new technical schools and vocational centers
- To improve quality of learning in basic education, especially in early literacy and numeracy through:
- Improving the learning environment and teaching quality
- Providing teaching and learning materials
- Ensuring healthy learning environments
- Strengthening school supervision
- To enhance the quality of secondary education through:
- Supporting the newly established professional academy for teacher training and intensifying in-service teacher training
- Diversifying the curricula to include new fields
- Improving the school environment
- To strengthen the education system to support achievement of national goals and strategic objectives through:
- Building national capacity for curricula development
- Developing and launching a National Learning Assessment
- Strengthening school management and teacher management
- Improving system performance management using EMIS, monitoring and evaluation, and finalizing the education sector plan for 2017-2021.