African Development Bank pours US $22.9 million into Sudan’s education sector

08/11/2016
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ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Sudan’s Ministry of Higher Education, on November 3, 2016 in Khartoum concluded a six-day training workshop on basic modules on principles of educational administration and management. The training was part of the US $22.9 million capacity building for improved quality of education system and skills development (CBIQESD) project, financed by the Bank. The project is implemented in the three states of Khartoum, White Nile and North Kordofan and aims to build capacity in the education sector by providing the required management skills and training to improve the quality of education in the country.

The closing ceremony of the workshop was presided over by Azhari Omer Abdulbagi, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Higher Education, and the Bank’s Principal Country Operations Officer in Sudan, Kenneth Onyango. The workshop brought together education administrators from Khartoum, White Nile and North Kordofan States and sought to strengthen the strategic and operational capacity of the education and training system to sustain the major functions of planning, management and evaluation.

In his remarks, Azhari underscored that training of education planners and administrators is key for effective governance, and is a determinant of the quality of graduates. He also noted that with technology, information is readily available thus providing scope for continuous learning while ensuring relevance and competitiveness in the fast evolving world. He expressed appreciations for the AfDB support to Sudan and to the education sector in particular.

Speaking on behalf of the Bank, Kenneth Onyango underscored the important contributions made by education administrators in the governance of education institutions, which is critical for improving quality of the training systems. He reiterated that the Bank’s support to technical and vocational education in Sudan lays a solid foundation for job creation for the youth and hence provides a strong basis for the country’s economic development. The enthusiasm of the participants was a reflection of their readiness to put into practice the lessons learnt from the six-day workshop.