The workshop on further strengthening GBV-disabling environment in education system of Sudan

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© UNESCO: The Workshop on further strengthening GBV-disabling environment in education system of Sudan, Khartoum, 17/11/2016: Participants.

11 December 2016

On 17th of November 2016, the Sudanese Ministry of Welfare and Social Security and Ministry of Education in collaboration with the country offices of UNDP and UNESCO organized the workshop “Institutional role in combating gender-based violence (GBV) in the educational system” of Sudan, which took place in Corinthia Hotel, Khartoum. The workshop was organized within frameworks of the annual campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” (25th of October – 10th of December), which in 2016 has an overarching theme “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All”. About 50 education, legal and women rights practitioners participated in the workshop, and discussed institutional and legal issues, which are linked to GBV in the Sudanese schools.

 

The opening ceremony was addressed by Dr. Pavel Kroupkine, the UNESCO Representative to Sudan, Ms. Surayo Buzurukova, the Leader of Rule of Law Team, UNDP, Dr. Attiat Mustafa, the Head of the Unit for Combatting Violence against Women and Children in the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security, and Dr. Ibtisam Ahmed, the Head of the Quality Assurance Department in the Ministry of Education.

 

After discussing in groups different aspects and issues linked to GBV in Sudanese schools, the participants resulted their brainstorming by addressing the following ideas:

·         On the education system governance level

o   To develop inter-ministerial policies and regulation about how to address and treat the issues of GBV in schools

o   To support the GBV-disabling environment in schools – organizing experience exchanges among teachers and other education professionals, collecting lessons learned and best-practices and making them available for the system

o   To develop a Code of Conduct for teachers and students for Sudanese schools

o   To integrate Human Rights and Global Citizenship Values approaches to the Sudanese curricula

·         On the school management level

o   To spread the knowledge and experience about how to treat the GBV issues among teachers and education professionals

o   To introduce the school orientation course for children giving an attention to GBV-disabling information

o   To monitor GBV related safety and security in school development processes

·         On the communities level

o   To promote partnerships among teachers, parents, and community activists combatting GBV in schools and communities

o   To promote understanding of children and women rights in communities

o   To break the silence trap around GBV issues

o   To bring in media to the discussions about the items above