On the 6th of December 2016 the Khartoum office of UNESCO in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE), the National Council for Literacy and Adult Education (NCLAE) and the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture organized a workshop on SDG4 targets and indicators for the NCLAE staff, MoE functionaries, and their main national partners from the civil society. In addition to the NCLAE staff, four Heads of Departments from the MoE participated in the workshop – Planning, Quality of Education, Special Needs and Secondary Education Departments, and representatives from two NGOs – from BAMOGA and Students Youth Association. The workshop took place in Khartoum, in the NCLAE main conference hall.
The opening ceremony of the workshop was honored by H.E. Dr. Abdelhafeez Elsadig , the State Minister of Education. He expressed his great appreciation of the activity of Sudanese education professionals in understanding and unpacking the Sustainable Development Goal 4 “Quality Education” for the country, and of the support, which UNESCO provides to SDG4 awareness raising, to the methods / guidelines of its integration to the national education agenda of different countries, and to the harmonization of the national education plans with the SDG4 targets and indicators. Dr. Elsadig also reaffirmed the government commitment to the Education 2030 Agenda, and encouraged participants to work forward in accordance with the UNESCO’s regional road map. Dr. Mohamed Salim, the National SDG4 Coordinator and the Head of Planning Department in the MoE, highlighted the role of UNESCO in building the capacity of the Sudanese national team through involving them in the regional SDG4 events and by conducting national workshops in Khartoum. Dr Salim also gave an overlook of the current government structures, which were formed to support the SDGs in general, and the SDG4 in particular – overviewing the National Team for SDG4 composition and tasks. Mr. Mohamed Hamad, the General Secretary of the NCLAE, also appreciated UNESCO’s support, and encouraged participants to come up with strong recommendations – facilitating the move along the road map, and achieving reliable reporting on SDG4 targets. Dr. Aiman Badri, the UNESCO Khartoum Education Officer, illustrated UNESCO’s role in supporting Sudan moving over the regional road map for integrating SDG4, and pointed to the various activities, that UNESCO undertaken to help Sudan being within the time and framework of the SDG4 regional roadmap. Dr. Aiman also reaffirmed the UNESCO’s commitments to support the NCLAE, and listed the projects, which UNESCO already runs, or planning to undertake with the NCLAE. Among them we can find:
· The education policy review “Paving the Road to Education 2030 Agenda”
· The curriculum development integrating into it the Human Rights and Global Citizenship Values , and the education system development enabling it to teach the new curriculum
· The Community Development Centres in North Kordofan – making them stronger in encouraging women to become literate and economically active
Three papers were presented to the participants: (1) “The SDG4 targets and the regional road map”, by Dr. Aiman Badri from the Khartoum office of UNESCO; (2) “The SDG4 International, Regional and National Indicators”, by Dr. Ibrahim Eldasis, from the UNESCO’s project “Paving the Road to 2030 Education Agenda”, and “Sudan National Education Plan: example of matching with SDG4s”, by Mr. Abeer Faroug from the MoE Planning Department. Then, the participants of the workshop were distributed among four groups to discuss and formulate outputs for following outlines:
· Priorities in targets and selection of indicators
· Gaps in reporting and data and identification of reliable data sources
· Regional SDG4 Road Map
Resulting this, each group prepared and presented their findings, and finally the workshop adopted a set of recommendations, in particular, highlighting the needs in developing new policies, in integrating Global Citizenship Education in the Sudanese curricula, in better coordinating with state level, etc. Participants also encouraged top education managers to form a team for drafting a literacy component linked to the SDG4, as well as for grounding the SDG4 indicators to the NCLAE context. In the end, Mr. Mohamed Hamad, the NCLAE General Secretary, and Dr. Aiman Badri, UNESCO, thanked all participants for the hard work, excellent results, and staying well beyond the planned end time.