Education Without Borders (Sudan)
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The group started with a number of university students and graduates and its first activity was a campaign to collect used school books from private schools and students' families and redistribute them to the poorer students and schools. The campaign successfully distributed more than 5,000 books across Sudan. As of September 20, 2012 the Facebook group has 18,197 members.
The group was originally called Teachers without Borders (Arabic: معلمون بلا حدود). But the name later changed to Education without Border after the authorities in Sudan refused to register it as an NGO claiming the proposed name requires members of the organization to be registered teachers. Despite the name change, the group remains unregistered with the Humanitarian Aid Commission of Sudan.
Education Without Borders has carried out several project since its inauguration including My painting, My smile art exhibition (Arabic: Basmati fi Rasmati) Which features paintings by poorer school students from across the country depicting their ambitions, dreams and hopes for the future. The exhibition also features professional photography by group members depicting the schools from which participating students come. Thus creating an image of both the present situation and the future the organization hopes to create.
One of the current project the group is undertaking is the Translation project, where it hopes to translate various Wikipedia articles from English to Arabic in the topics of (Medical Sciences, Engineering, Science, Economics and History. The end goal of the project is to increase the Arabic content on Wikipedia. Education Without Borders (EWD) • =Vision and objectives: = Education without borders (EWB) is a voluntary youth movement aims to developing education and educational environment all over Sudan. Its mechanism is to activate the society and interact with it in order to grow and expand to the point of becoming as large as the society itself, then blend and dissolve completely resulting in a society that is concerned with education as an ongoing imperative issue. •
- Academic adoption project.
- Schools rehabilitation project “hit & run”.
- Textbooks’ collection campaigns.
- Translation project.
- School library project.
- Reformatory project.
- Concepts project.
- “How to choose your academic specialty field” project.
- Education without borders magazine.
- Education without borders exhibitions (my painting is my smile for example)
Academic adoption projects
EWB academic adoption vision is to provide a collection of academic programs for schools which has teachers’ shortage or lack of cultural and / or health programs. EWB interacts with such schools and assign a group of its volunteers as teachers to fill the gap, and another group to execute the programs associated with the academic support provided for the chosen school. During the last year, EWB has adopted Al Inkaz elementary school which is located in Bahry as well as Al Jeref reformatory in Khartoum.
Textbooks collection campaigns “your old book is my new book”
It is an ongoing campaign which aims to collect, repair and redistribute the used school textbooks amongst the schools in villages and areas in need. This project was the kickoff for EWB. It started in 2011 with collecting 5000 textbooks and reached more than 8000 textbooks this year.
Schools rehabilitation project “hit & run”.
Its objective is the restoration and rehabilitation of old schools’ buildings in coordination with the local residents in order to create a more fitted environment for students.
The project started mid-year last year (2011) in two schools: one in Al Kamlen and the other in Soba. Ever since, almost 10 schools were rehabilitated.
Social concepts are a core part of EWB since EWB objectives exceeds mere educational aspects. The project is a sub-group which is concerned with the main concepts in the society that need correction or changing. EWB tries – using positive and acceptable methods - to change and adjust wrong or improper concepts and beliefs that have spread amongst the society. Concept project follows the same vision of EWB as to dissolve in the society resulting in a moderate modern society which follows a mature reasonable social demeanor.
It aims to boost the Arabic language usage on the internet in one hand, and to provide students and higher institutes with recent information on the other. It also aims to encourage scientific research as a parallel objective goes hand in hand with the process of academic education. The project plan is to:
- Translate 100 recent studies as a first stage. The studies will be related to medicine, engineering and economy.
- Choose the studies carefully so as to make sure they are recent – not more than two years old – and issued from a high class institute of university.
- Distribute the studies amongst a group of specialized doctors or professors to edit them.
- Provide the college libraries with copies of those studies (both Arabic and English) as well as republish them online for free.
Currently, a number of studies are being translated by a group of volunteers who are working on this project at the moment. EWB is now only translating from English to Arabic but the future plans include other languages as well.
Al Jeref Reformatory
EWB has fully adopted Al Jeref reformatory. Academically, it provided teachers for the reformatory school. Socially, a rehabilitation program was started which aims to make the children get involved in various activities including painting, embroidery, theater, music and singing. EWB has also arranged for a number of cultural lectures in various topics in coordination with several institutes. Also, a program for teaching children “teach five” has been initiated where each volunteer adopt five children and commit to teach them reading and writing. A library was provided in order to help in this project.
An annual event organized by EWB for the first time at 2013 on international author day, more than 5000 readers from Khartoum gathered at the green yard and start the biggest reading group in the history of Sudan.
It is a public library founded by EWB, the books come from individuals as subscription fees, every member have to pay 3 books and allowed to borrow one book for 1 week. the goal of the project is to provide reading space in low cost and with contribution of society. there are two libraries one is hosted by Zol & Zola club and the other one is hosted by University of Khartoum college of engineering . the library organizes cultural event monthly, usually it's discussion session in percent of some Sudanese writer. like stila galiano & Mujahid khalf allah
This project has reached the 40th book in 2016. Since starting in 2014, the club members' have actively discussed and reviewed one book in every three weeks. First, a soft copy of the book uploaded on the project page, so any one who is interested can read it and prepare his review in order to present it at the club event.