Sudan: The Coronavirus Pandemic Forces Schools to Innovate

  • F Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Key Information

Unprecedented education challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic call for innovative solutions. And this is exactly the approach Sudan is taking with the support of an US$11 million COVID-19 accelerated grant from GPE, which will target all public schools including 257 schools for internally displaced persons (IDP).

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


2020 - 2021




Not applicable or unknown


Not applicable or unknown

Sudan's National Center for Curriculum and Educational Research (NCCER)

COVID-19 Response

New for COVID-19

Government Affiliation


Ministry Affiliation


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition


  • Remote Learning


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School quality


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting areas

  • COVID-19 Response
  • Emergencies and protracted crises

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school)


6 - 11

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

  • Displaced/refugee - Internal (from other areas of the same country)

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Alternative learning centers/mobile schools/home schools

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community-based monitoring (e.g. school report cards)
  • Technical assistance/capacity building to civil society organizations


  • Increased availability of learning materials
  • Remedial education/skills

Educational Technology

  • Digital devices for the purposes of studying, learning
  • Digital learning materials/programs
  • Digital reading materials (non-textbook)

Facilities construction/improvement

  • Construction/improvement of schools

Increased availability of learning materials

  • Educational Radio or Television Programs
  • Increased availability of Writing materials

Life skills education

  • Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE)


  • Check-in calls or SMS messages by teachers
  • Informational interventions (e.g. returns to education)

Policy/legal environment

  • Developing/promoting new laws/policies
  • Public-private partnerships
  • System-wide review and reform

Reducing economic barriers

  • Addressing cost of school supplies

School-related gender-based violence

  • Support in and around schools (e.g. peer counseling, adult-to-student counseling)
  • Training of school personnel (including teachers)


  • In-service teacher training – pedagogy general
  • Teaching materials (e.g. lesson plans, curricula)

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom
  • Literacy - outside the classroom
  • Numeracy - in the classroom
  • Numeracy - outside the classroom

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Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased enrolment in primary school
  • Increased grade attainment
  • Increased literacy
  • Increased numeracy
  • Increased primary school completion
  • Increased test scores
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Reduced grade repetition

Cross-cutting goals

Not applicable or unknown