Schooling and conflict in Darfur: a snapshot of basic education services for displaced children

Globally, there has been increased attention to children’s education in conflict-affected countries, with a particular focus on the provision of basic schooling. Yet, there is a need for greater representative data from these settings.  This report presents findings of a survey conducted of basic educational services and facilities among internally displaced persons (IDP) communities in North and West Darfur during the second half of 2008. Key findings include: half of the primary schools provided instruction in all eight grades; girls and boys had equal access to primary school; despite equal access, girls lag in enrollment in some communities; access to water and sanitation was lacking at many schools, while less than half of schools had school feeding programmes; shortages of teachers were common; half of all teachers lacked qualifications; student-to-teacher ratios exceeding 50:1 were characteristic of many schools in West Darfur; non-formal educational alternatives were rare; and scientifically grounded research is possible in conflict-affected settings.

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