Sudan is a huge country, more than four times the size of Sweden and the third largest in Africa even after South Sudan was carved out in 2011. Sudan has a lot of land and resources, a population of 40 million and a history that predates the Nubian kingdoms established along the Nile River around 4,000 BC.
Sudan s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives improve. Fewer boys and girls are dying before their fifth birthday. Primary school attendance is increasing. Immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free.
Still, millions of children continue to suffer from chronic conflict, from seasonal natural disasters and disease outbreaks, from under-investment in basic social services. Sudan ranks as one of the worst in the world for malnutrition, and three million of its school aged children are not in the classroom.
How can you make a difference?
The purpose of this survey is to establish the baseline data of the 150 EU-EQUIP-ILEARN target schools based on the Child Friendly Schools (CFS) minimum package indicators in order to identify the priority areas for improvement, develop an intervention strategy, and assess the progress.
Scope of Work
The international consultancy will be done under the overall supervision of the Education Specialist and a taskforce constituted by the Ministry of Education. The international consultant will be supported by a national consultant (to be identified by UNICEF).
In light of the purpose above, the scope and key indicators of this baseline survey will include, but not be limited to, the following items:
• What is the current status of the formal schools to be targeted by the EQUIP-ILEARN project in 5 focus states in terms of existence or achievement of CFS minimum package indicators?
• What is the access rate to education amongst children from migrant communities and host communities?
• What is the current status of knowledge, attitude and practice regarding the CFS approach among key stakeholders (e.g. students, teachers, school head teachers, school management committee members, and parents)?
• To what extent are the target schools enforcing or practicing CFS standards and what are the areas which need further improvement?
• What are the major challenges / bottlenecks hampering schools from achieving CFS standards?
•What will be the most effective support activities and strategies to address those challenges?
This baseline survey will be organized in three stages as outlined below. The first stage will be the inception phase focusing on the development of the survey design, operational plan and instruments in coordination with UNICEF and MoE. Once the inception report and the survey framework are clear and agreed upon by the consultants, UNICEF and MoE, the second stage will be data collection. Following the successful implementation of data collection and compilation tasks, the third stage will focus on the data analysis, presentation and report writing. While quantitative data collection will be the dominant part of the survey, qualitative data collection will be also an integrated component to supplement the quality of the survey.
• Inception Phase
• Conduct desk literature review of relevant materials to education in Sudan, Education sector analyses reports, national education strategy documents (e.g. National Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP)
• Coordinate with MoE task force on the EQUIP project, relevant Departments and the EQUIP implementing partners to develop an Operational Plan (i.e. data collection strategy, timeframe, logistics, budget) and standardized survey instruments (e.g. school data collection sheet, CFS assessment checklist, school information database)
• Conduct small size pilot of data collection and revise operational plan and instruments to ensure their accuracy and relevance
•Agree on the framework for analysis (how the baseline data shall be analysed and presented) and determine the statistical package that will be used to analyse the data.
2. Data Collection Phase
• Conduct training for the data collection team (including MoE officials) in each state on their responsibility and expected tasks
• Data collection team will administer the survey tools to 150 target schools and collect feedback as per the operational plan
• Data collection team will conduct structured interviews with the identified groups in 20 sample schools (e.g. students, teachers, school principals, PTAs, parents) to determine the extent of their knowledge, their attitudes, and practices regarding CFS characteristics and practices.
• Conduct spot checks in schools during the data collection to monitor the performance of teams, and provide on the spot remedial action.
• Prepare weekly implementation report for progress, challenges and lessons learnt during this phase.
• Check all the completed survey instruments/data for accuracy and completion and take follow-up measures
• Compile the collected information in the database for analysis
Conduct interview with development partners (e.g. UN agencies, NGOs) to document their views on the CFS programme and suggest possible partnerships for programme planning and implementation
3. Data Analysis and Reporting Phase
• Analyse the aggregated data in terms of CFS indicators in 5 components to identify the general profile of each state, priority areas for improvement, and recommended support strategies
• Organize debriefing session with UNICEF and MoE to present analysed data and results and include recommendations for priority areas for improvement and support strategies indicating areas that require prioritization by the ILEARN project
• Compile a Final Report with analysis of CFS profile as per the indicators in the 5 components and recommended support strategies to improve quality.
Use the compiled data to develop and generate school report cards for each school ready to be printed
This survey will mobilise the combination of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies as per below.
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NGO / Social Services / Community Services / Non-Profit
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Corporate Planning / Consulting / Strategy / M&A