Schoolbooks for Children in Darfur
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When so much terrible news continues to come out of the the ravaged region of Darfur, Sudan, it can seem impossible to know what to do. But there is still good being done in Darfur, and there are still ways to help.
In 2009, student enrollment in the Darfur Schools Program increased from 8,300 to 21,112. Girls made up 48% of the total student population and were enrolled in the same classes as boys. Before DPDO's involvement, teachers living in the refugee camps were volunteering their time to gather and teach children using any resources available. Students received their lessons sitting under trees or in the sun, writing in the sand instead of notebooks.
Today, DPDO provides textbooks -- a set shared between two students -- in each curriculum area. Children share books in pairs, helping stretch resources as well as helping the children understand the materials.
You can help. Just $21.25 U.S. funds five sets of textbooks to be shared by ten Darfuri children attending a Peace School.
Report from the Field
Darfur Peace & Development Organization (DPDO)
Fall of 2010
Eighth grade students at the DPDO Schools completed the 2009/10 school year with a high school entrance exam. All DPDO schools reported at least 94% of their students passing this exam, while the Shobani and Daro schools reported 100% of their students achieved passing grades. Three students in the program were the highest-scoring students in Northern Darfur.
DPDO Schools of Peace enroll children from all ethnic groups and encourage the attendance of girls, traditionally excluded from primary education. School enrollment and attendance are free for all students. DPDO is not religiously affiliated and does not promote any religion.
Darfur Peace & Development Organization (DPDO) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C. and offices in Khartoum and El Fasher, Sudan. DPDO provides humanitarian and development assistance to the victims of conflict in Darfur, Sudan without regard to ethnicity, gender, age or religious beliefs.
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