On 18th May, the Khartoum office of UNESCO together with the Sudanese Ministry of Education and National Council for Literacy and Adult Education (NCLAE) organized a workshop discussing the Third Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III) in Sudan. The workshop took place on the premises of NCLAE and targeted educational professionals from the Government and NGOs working in literacy domain – about forty participants in total.
The first session was opened by a welcome messages from Dr. Amna Mohammed Babeker (NCLAE) and Dr. Pavel Kroupkine (UNESCO). Then, Dr. Aiman Badri (UNESCO) presented the main outlines of the Report putting special attention on Sudanese data. Mr. Mohammed Hammad, the Secretary General of NCLAE, briefed the participants about the Regional Launch of the GRALE III in Morocco for the Arab states, in which he participated in April. The presentations were followed by comments and suggestions from the participants.
At the last session the State Minister of Education, Mr. Abdul Hafiz Al-Sadiq joined the workshop and addressed his comments and concerns about the country need in more services for promoting literacy and adult education, and welcomed the NGO representatives with their contributions to it. Then, the working groups displayed and discussed their recommendations related to the substance of the report (see below). At the end of the session Mr. Abdul Hafiz thanked the Khartoum office of UNESCO for its active role in supporting the Sudanese National Literacy Campaign, NCLAE and MoE.
The Recommendations of the workshop are:
· Activating policies and strategies that support activities for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030
· Providing funding for literacy programs’ implementation.
· Promoting methods that connect learning and adult education to sustainable development – in order to improve health, environment, employability, security and culture of peace.
· Highlighting the importance of adult education by providing relevant training and knowledge sharing and adopting right educational policies.
· Encouraging media (visual and audio visual) to pay more attention to education in general and to adult learning in particular.
· Strengthening the Shendi Regional Center for Adult Education.
· Investing in the scientific research and studies in the field of adult education and learning.
· Establishing a unified database by the National Council for Literacy and Adult Education.
· Linking adult education to income generation and life skills improvement.
· Enhancing networking between the NCLAE and other relevant organizations and institutions.
· Regular sharing successful experiences and best practices in adult learning via workshops and seminars.
· Strengthening the inflow to the country of successful international experiences.