Our office in Khartoum opened in 1999 and today manages several education programmes in Sudan. 

The long history of conflict and displacement in Sudan has had a direct impact on people being able to access education. The maintenance of the physical infrastructure of educational institutions, from village schools to national universities, and the educational experiences of children and students in all parts of Sudan have been negatively affected. For too many, education has been limited and subject to interruptions, resulting in disappointing educational outcomes. These deficiencies affect not just those who are displaced but also host communities where the displaced have settled.

The scale of the conflict has led to flight and migration on an enormous scale. There are around 3 million internally displaced people (IDPs), mostly in Darfur in the west and in the states such as South Kordofan which border South Sudan. In addition Sudan hosts more than half a million people who are refugees and asylum seekers. These are predominantly from South Sudan but there are also many from Eritrea and Ethiopia.

In circumstances of chronic conflict, education provision is often overlooked, poor in quality and limited in scope. Such deprivation can cause a sense of desperation and frustration. The provision of education – whether at secondary, post-secondary or university level – is one way of inspiring hope in the future despite the anxieties of the present.

In Sudan Windle manages the DAFI University scholarships for refugees and works together with UNHCR providing education in Greater Khartoum State, as well as managing the URTEP (Urban Refugees Tertiary Education Programme). 

Our work in Sudan is delivered from our head office in Khartoum and is overseen by Windle Trust International, based in the UK.