RET’s interventions in Sudan, starting in 2002, concentrated on improving the quality of and access to education, maintaining local community-based efforts, and positively impacting schools, students, and teachers alike.
Working primarily with IDPs fleeing the civil war and with displaced adolescents from Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, RET assisted in helping schools acquire the necessary tools and materials to offer a sustainable education to those made vulnerable by situations of armed conflict and violence.
From 2004 to 2014, RET also cooperated with the Sudanese Ministry of Education for Sudanese refugees in Chad as the only non-governmental organization to have its program accredited and have its secondary education exams certified by the Government of Sudan.
This certification was needed for the diplomas of the refugees to be recognized upon their return to Sudan. Unfortunately, peace remained elusive, and repatriation was not imminent. In 2014, the Chadian Government and UNHCR decided to have Sudanese refugees change to the Chadian curriculum instead of the Sudanese curriculum as a long-term durable solution for the refugees remaining in Chad.
RET has ceased ground operations in Sudan since 2003 and ended the specific accreditation program with the Sudanese Ministry of Education in 2014. However, RET continues to work with vulnerable young people in many other fragile parts of Africa (see our Burundi, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and Mauritania, for more details).