The ongoing conflict in Sudan has had far-reaching effects on humanitarian aid, security, and the economy. Educational institutions, such as the Sub-Saharan University College in Darfur, which has 1685 students studying Medicine, Nursing, Medical Laboratory, Management Studies, Information Technology and Multimedia, have not been spared,. Hundreds of students are receiving full scholarships, but they too have been impacted by the war.
Due to the violence, regular courses cannot be conducted. To address this challenge, we seek to establish an offline Learning Management System at a cost of approximately $45,000 a year. This system would enable students in the war zone to continue their education without interruption. We need your support.
Impacts on Institutions of Eduction
The prolonged conflicts in Sudan have had a devastating impacts on public education.
Since the beginning of the war on 15 April 2023 between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, the Sudanese educational infrastructure has been completely disabled.
According to the latest report from the Ministry of Higher Education, more than 104 educational institutions have been lost. Severe damage was done to 14 universities in the states of Darfur and Al-Jazira, bringing the total numb
er of inoperable private universities and colleges to 118 – out of a total of 155 government universities. This means that the education of approximately 719,000 male and female students had been curtailed indefinitely.
The human, structural, material losses include:
- Buildings, property,infrastructure, laboratories, libraries, halls, and administrative offices were damaged and destroyed by burning, looting, and vandalism.
- Institutions have lost many scholars and employees.
- Student dormitories, laboratories, offices, and workshops suffered looting, vandalism, and arson.
- The property and residences of faculty members and workers have been systematically targeted.
- All of the above caused the cessation ofacademic and research activity in those institutions.
For these reasons, DPDO has initiated the development of an e-learning system.
The longer-term solutions are:
- Promote security, political, and economic stability to contribute to academic stability.
- Rebuild the infrastructure destroyed by the war.
- Reconsider general education and school curricula to focus on technical, vocational, and industrial qualification.
- Limit horizontal expansion in universities and colleges until existing institutions meet international academic performance evaluation standards.
- Reconsider the use of Arabic language curricula and adopt English as the language of study for higher education.
- Implement e-learning in higher education institutions.
- Qualify faculty members by providing training, research, and publishing opportunities, as well as opportunities to participate in international conferences.
- Create partnerships with international universities to exchange experiences in teaching and publishing.
With these actions, we can address the challenges facing Sudanese higher education institutions and ensure that students have access to continuing quality education.
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