A young student stands to answer a question in class. Sudan. Credit: GPE

Partner since:

Total grant support: US$178,639,370

Grant eligibility:

  • Multiplier
  • Multiplier and Girls' Education Accelerator
  • System capacity
  • System transformation

Education sector plan

Objectives: Increase access to quality preschool; Enhance quality and retention in basic and secondary education; Increase opportunity for basic literacy programs; Improve learning in secondary education; and strengthen the education system.

Other key documents

Transforming education in Sudan

Education development in Sudan is anchored in the constitution, with clear provisions to facilitate investment in human capital at all levels of education and training.

The federal government, through its Federal Ministry of Education, is responsible for oversight in the sector and for the development and maintenance of standards including curriculum development and mobilization of resources from internal and external sources.

At the state level, educational boards, under the state ministries of education, organize and coordinate educational activities.

The country is emerging out of a deep political crisis, which has seriously affected the ability of the people in all states to keep their children in school.

Sudan’s Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) 2018-2023 was endorsed in January 2019. Among other things, the plan is explicit about the humanitarian context in Sudan drawing from the Humanitarian Needs Overview of 2017.

The plan took the strategy of integration of the refugees and internally displaced people with the host communities in terms of provision of education.

Even though more children are accessing school today compared to 2009, the system is slowed down by high dropout rates rendering the achievement of universal basic education a big challenge for the country.

Significant numbers of children are still excluded from a conducive learning environment. For instance, only two thirds of learners in government basic education schools are seated and about 24,000 teachers in government basic education schools are volunteers.

Result story

Sudan: Building the foundation for a strong education system

  • GPE supported the government of Sudan to provide access to education for some of the country’s most disadvantaged and remote communities.
  • With GPE’s support, the Sudanese government made strides in strengthening sector planning and management as well as improved the learning environment by building classrooms, training teachers, strengthening systems and distributing textbooks.
  • GPE funding also helped the Ministry of Education to conduct the first national assessment of early grade learning.


(data as of February 29, 2024)

  • Type: Accelerated funding

    Years: 2023 - 2025

    Allocation: US$10,000,000

    Utilization: US$444,729

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Accelerated funding

    Years: 2023 - 2025

    Allocation: US$10,000,000

    Utilization: US$234,678

    Grant agent: SCNORWAY

  • Type: Program implementation and Multiplier

    Years: 2020 - 2025

    Allocation: US$52,620,000

    Utilization: US$10,191,446

    Grant agent: WB

Civil society engagement

As part of its investment in civil society advocacy and social accountability efforts, GPE’s Education Out Loud fund is supporting the Sudanese Coalition for Education for All (SCEFA) for the 2020-2023 period. This builds on previous support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).

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