On February 10, 2014, the African Development Bank’s Resident Representative in Sudan, Abdul Kamara, led a mission to White Nile State to supervise the Emergency Assistance that is rehabilitating schools affected by floods. The mission was accompanied by an audiovisual profile team that seeks to profile AfDB-financed projects in the broader East Africa Region. The mission was received by State Commissioner Mohamed Ali Fadlala, responsible for Ed Deweim locality at the Directorate of Education in White Nile State.
The Resident Representative briefed the Commissioner of the importance of the audiovisual profiling of the project as an effort to document and showcase AfDB’s support in transforming the East Africa Region.
The Commissioner welcomed the mission and expressed appreciation for the support provided by the Bank in rebuilding the schools in White Nile State, which he termed as critical both for the future of the students and his state. He noted the Bank’s outreach efforts in rebuilding the schools was “exemplary, without which the children will have no future, and will ultimately end up as good candidates to be recruited as rebels in the ongoing conflicts in nearby states.”
The mission visited two schools, one of which is an elementary school that used to host about 400 students, but now operates only three classrooms due to a devastating flood in 2012, which destroyed the schools and dispersed the students. The second is a boys’ secondary school, which is one of the six schools in the locality devastated by the floods and is being rehabilitated by the Bank. In total, the US $1-million emergency assistance provided by the Bank from the Special Relief Fund (SRF) will rehabilitate 16 schools, eight of which are in White Nile and eight in Blue Nile states. The 16 schools will accommodate 4,800 children in total, who will be prevented from dropping out of school with no certain future. The relief is seen by the community as a big boost to the future of the two states, one of which is still in conflict.