University scholarship Project - St Martin in the Field Scholars
Update February 2017
We presently support 100 young women at university in Sudan. Over the years we have helped 318.to graduate and become financially independent.
Two young women are sponsored by the International Committee at St. Martin in the Fields, London. They have been enrolled at Ahfad University since November 2013, in the school of management.
They are now in their fourth year and they hope to graduate next year.
They both said how much they valued the support of WEP and without this sponsorship they would not have been able to succeed. Both young ladies are studying management and they hope to gain jobs in the financial sector helping their own communities to flourish.
They told us, "we plan to work with the 4th year students to give them more practice in interview technique and CV writing". The story of their success is the story of the long term commitment to their education which St Martins has shown.
The education of women in Sudan is crucial and both these young ladies came from very disadvantaged backgrounds. We hope that we will be able to continue with further scholars supported by St Martins when, inshallah, Maab and Samra graduate. Our presence in Sudan grows- now we have 100 students studying at 5 universities in Khartoum and 12 adult literacy circles are running in the camps for displaced people.
Maab Mohamed Osman Bashir
Maab Mohamed Osman Bashir is from North Kordofan (Omarab tribe) was born in Omdurman State on 4/11/1994. She lives with her mother, father and one sister. Her father who is aged over 60 years old is working as a Tuktuk driver in Omdurman city of Khartoum state and earns very limited income to cover her university fees and also for her other sister's school fees. Both mother and father are diabetics and need permanent medicines and treatments, which consumes most of her father's income.
She scored 75% in the 2012 Sudanese high school certificate and 88 out of 100 in English, she was accepted to Ahfad University in 2012 in the Management College and passed the English course successfully.
Maab now is in her fourth year, as she passed all subjects successfully with very Good marks and was promoted to the 3rd year for the 2015/16 academic year.
Samra Abdalkarim Idress
Samra Abdalkarim Idress is from Darfur western Sudan her tribe is Zagawa and she was born in Omdurman 15/05/1995. Samra scored 73% in the Sudanese high school certificate and 91 out of 100 in English, she was accepted to Ahfad University in 2012 in the Management College and passed the English course successfully.
Samra is in her fourth year having been promoted to third year for the 2015/16 academic year. Her father failed to pay her the tuition and registration fees to continue her studies, as he retired from working in the military. She lives with her father and five brothers and her mother died a long time ago.
Samra is willing to go back to her home in Darfur to work and participate in the development of her area.
Monitoring visits are paid to Ahfad University to monitor scholars performance and to pay registration fees directly to the university after receiving the students performance results.
This project has kept safe the future of young ladies by providing educational opportunities to over three hundred young ladies since its beginning in 1996 Some of them graduated and are working outside Khartoum as teachers and nurses at the hospitals or at the different Ministries around Sudan. Some are outside Sudan in diverse regions, some of the graduates went back to South Sudan and worked there.
Together for Sudan/Women's Education Partnership is indebted to the International Committee at St. Martin in the Fields for their support to the two young women over the past two years. This support helps directly alleviate the suffering of marginalized and displaced young Sudanese women in order to enhance their future through education.