On 31st of October – 1st of November 2016 the Khartoum office of UNESCO and the Sudanese National Commission for Education, Science and Culture welcomed a UNESCO Education Sector specialist in girls and women education, Mr. Muhammad Bilal Aziz, in Khartoum. Numerous meetings were organized to present to Malala Fund the current status with the girls and women education in Sudan, including the meeting with H.E. the Minister of Education, Dr. Souad Abdelrazig, the General Secretary of the National Council for Literacy and Adult Education (NCLAE), Mr. Mohammed Hammad, the General Secretary of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture (NatCom), Dr. Abdulgadir Noureddin, etc. Mr. Aziz also met with numerous specialists of the Girls Education Unit of MoE, NatCom, NCLAE, the Education Department of UNICEF, the UNESCO Chair for Women in Science and Technology, the Ahfad University for Women, and the Women Union. To get an impression of the situation on the ground, the visit was organized to the Omdurman West Education Center / out-of-school classrooms.
Matching the found opportunities with the scope of the Malala Fund, it was decided to explore the following:
· Developing rural Learning Centers for girls and women – with emphasis on general life skills and agriculture – empowering girls and women for being more productive going out of poverty
· Developing urban Learning Centers for girls and women – with emphasis on general life skills and STEM education – integrating girls and women in the high-tech industries in the country
· Supporting work on policy gaps in girls and women education – keeping in mind a lifelong learning perspective – making the good things on the Sudanese ground happen easier