Since the 1990s we have supported scholarships for refugees, internally displaced, marginalised and conflict-affected communities in Sudan.
WTI currently provides refugees the opportunity to gain an undergraduate qualification at Universities in Sudan. Since 2005 WTI has been UNHCR's implementing partner for the DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) scholarship programme, supported by the German Government. The DAFI programme is also managed by the Windle Trusts in Kenya and Uganda.
In Sudan each year the programme supports around 60 to 100 refugees to study undergraduate level courses at universities and colleges in Sudan. They study a wide range of subjects essential for development such as engineering, agriculture, health, rural and community development, economics, computing and management. Students selected for sponsorship are from disadvantaged backgrounds and in need of financial support, with academic ability, leadership potential and a commitment to their community. Around 70% of supported students are girls.
The project provides vital access to education for young refugees in Sudan otherwise unable to fulfil their potential due to financial and social disadvantage, particularly girls. Many are unable to access higher level education and training, as they lack the finances to do so. They either cannot start, drop out, or their performance is affected as a result of their disadvantaged circumstances.
Girls supported on the programme serve as role models in their communities by the fact that they have been able to go onto tertiary education. With the problem of high dropout rates of girls from education at secondary level, it is important to show young girls and their families that there are opportunities for them.
As part of the selection process applicants are asked about their community work. A lot of girls are active in volunteer work in their communities with most working with children, particularly helping them with their education and school work - providing not only practical assistance but also inspiration and hope.
Scholarship opportunities are available annually subject to funding and scholarships will be advertised on our how to apply page and locally in Sudan.
“Today I am the role model in my village. I encourage the parents to send their children to school and to be ambitious, for I alone cannot develop our town. People react positively and use my achievements as an example for their children. I have the confidence that a brighter future is ahead of us”. Former Sudan DAFI graduate
Read more about the DAFI programme.