Advocacy on the importance of keeping children in school
The school grants program aims to incentivize parents’ engagement to reduce the risk of children – especially girls – dropping out. In Sudan, despite free basic education, families need to pay for school-related expenses such as uniforms, textbooks and bags, to name a few.
Given the precarious economic situation, many vulnerable families may not be able to continue paying for these items, which will more than likely result in pulling their children out of school.
Therefore, school grants will fund the acquisition of basic learning materials - such as stationary, classroom furniture and equipment – to support the learning environment while attracting and retaining students and teachers. In addition, sanitary napkins will be provided to adolescent girls in the upper grades in an effort to encourage them to stay in school.
Along with the provision of learning materials, the school grants aim to support teachers (via in cash or in-kind support) to counterbalance the negative impact high inflations have had on teacher’s salaries. If unaddressed, schools face the risk that teachers may leave to find alternative livelihoods.
GPE’s US$11.8 million grant for Sudan will play a key role in attracting and retaining students and teachers in schools, while strengthening the community’s role in school management and planning.