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– Bishop Daniel Adwok, Auxiliary Bishop of Khartoum, Sudan
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Save the Saveable Schools
Keeping the Faith alive in Sudan’s Schools
Thanks to the Save the Saveable schools programme in north Sudan, 20,000 Christian children can dare to dream of a brighter future.
These are the only schools in the region that provide full time Christian education, teaching the Catechism.
The Save the Saveable programme is helping to keep the Faith alive in north Sudan. Christianity is not allowed to be taught in government schools in the Islamist north of the country.
Most of the Christian children are from displacement camps around the capital, Khartoum, where people fled in their millions during years of civil war. The conflict only came to an uneasy peace in 2005.
Christians children are often excluded from state schools because of their faith and their social background. Save the Saveable schools provide the only affordable education for them.
And for girls in particular, who are often excluded from government schools, the Save the Saveable programme represents their only hope of an education – and a brighter future.
The bishops in Sudan rely on £500,000 per year from Aid to the Church in Need in order to help keep the Save the Saveable schools open.
Funding from most aid agencies has dried up beacuse of the schools’ faith-based curriculum.
Hoping to change their future through education
Starting the school day with a prayer
Paying attention to their teacher
Stopping for refreshment during the day
Sister Elizabeth in a typical classroom
Teacher and pupils near one of the schools
The home environment, Khartoum camps
Despite the destruction, pleased with her Achievement Award
There are currently 200 Save the Saveable schools in Sudan, including 54 primary schools and 131 nursery schools. There are around 1,200 teachers, including 200 dedicated to religious education.
Many children are from vulnerable families, particularly single parent families. Education is the key to giving them the chance of a future which will help them to escape poverty and confirm them in their faith.
Some of the schools also provide breakfast for the children – vital in a country where child poverty is rife.
Only with your continued support can Aid to the Church in Need maintain its long-term commitment to these children.
How can I help?
Help educate a child for a year
A gift of just £25 will help provide a whole year of Christians education for a child in Sudan.
Sponsor a class of children
Would your school class or parish youth group like to raise money to help keep the Save the Saveable schools open? You might like to match the size of your class or group to the a class in Sudan – so if you have 25 pupils, you could try to raise enough money to help 25 Sudanese children go to school for a year.
If your parish or school would like to raise money to help educate Christian children at the Save the Saveable schools in Sudan, please contact our Fundraising and Marketing Department, or call 020 8642 8668.
Emma: Daring to hope and dream
When Aid to the Church in Need staff travelled to a Save the Saveable school in Khartoum, Sudan, they met Emma. She said: “This school is my only hope of fulfilling my dream of becoming a doctor.”
Save the Saveable schools: Born out of crisis
Sudan’s Save the Saveable schools were founded at the height of an internal dsiplacement crisis in Sudan. Millions of Christians had fled rebel fighting in the south, and arrived at refugee camps with no provision for education. The bishops immediately responded.