DOT-COM Activity: Sudan - dot-EDU Support to Education in Southern Sudan
Short Description: The primary goal of this project is to design, develop and pilot test appropriate and cost-effective technologies that will be used to provide learning opportunities for children and adults, and to train teachers, in southern Sudan.
Phase/Type of Activity: Signed Award Status: Active
Start date: June 22, 2004 End Date: June 22, 2008
Person(s) to contact
Kent Noel , Project Director
Education Development Center Email: Tel:
Full Description: The activity will develop three grades of interactive instructional radio programs that will complement and accelerate learning in core curriculum areas such as initial literacy and numeracy and which will have an impact on teachers behavior and community support for education. In particular, the activity will assess the feasibility of using VSAT technology and local radio stations for management, communication, training, community mobilization and perhaps instructional purposes. This program will support the on-going USAID Sudan Basic Education Program (SBEP) that has been operating since July 2002.
Update 1 (As of January 2006):
The southern Sudan Interactive Radio Instruction (sSIRI) project continues to design, develop and pilot test radio programs for Grades 1, 2 and 3. To date, programs for Grades 1 and 2 have been completed and broadcasting will begin with the 2006 school year in 6 locations in southern Sudan. It is expected that the programs will increase student learning in literacy and numeracy and favorably impact teacher knowledge and classroom behavior.
Core funding for the DOT-COM Alliance is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade, Office of Infrastructure and Engineering (EGAT/OI&E), Office of Education (EGAT/ED), and Office of Women in Development (EGAT/WID), under the terms of Award numbers: GDG-A-00-01-00009-00, dot-GOV; GDG-A-00-01-00014-00, dot-ORG; GDG-A-00-01-00011-00, dot-EDU.