Welcome to Women's Education Partnership
About Women's Education Partnership
Women's Education Partnership was founded as a charity in 1999 by Lillian Craig Harris OBE and Ambassador Alan Goulty, CMG. Initially named, Together for Sudan, the charity has always existed primarily to support displaced, vulnerable and disadvantaged women, regardless of ethnic or tribal background, through education locally, in what is now Sudan and South Sudan.
The charity is registered both in UK and Sudan and Lillian Craig Harris and Alan Goulty are our life patrons. The Director, who presently chairs the Board of Trustees, has always acted in an honorary capacity and no remuneration is paid to the Director or Trustees. Apart from 4 locally paid Sudanese staff working in a small rented office in Khartoum, all others involved with Women’s Education are volunteers.
We directly support the education of disadvantaged and vulnerable women in Sudan and South Sudan where the needs are great
We pay the tuition fees for over 100 women scholars at university in Khartoum, Sudan and Juba, South Sudan. Over time, we have supported 340 women who have graduated from university
We provide additional English classes for our undergraduates working in partnership with Khartoum International Community School
We fund adult literacy circles for some of the poorest women in Sudan. Over 350 women are benefitting now from this education
We support eye care outreaches for women who cannot play a full part in community or family life because of eye problems. We treated over 4000 patients in 2015
Celebrating Our Work
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A very happy new year to all our supporters and thank you again for visiting our website.
On behalf of the disadvantaged women of Sudan and South Sudan we want to thank you for your generosity. During 2016, we welcomed friends to 2 important receptions. One was held in Fenti, Khartoum, hosted by Samia Omar, one of our distinguished local Patrons.
The second took place in The House of Lords London and was hosted by another Patron, Baroness Kinnock. Glenys and her husband Neil sent special greetings to WEP for 2017. We much appreciate the support that they are giving to us and thank you.
In 2016, two Trustees, Imogen Thurbon and Islam Ali visited Khartoum. Imogen travelled out of Khartoum and saw first hand the work that is developing with our adult literacy learning circles for disadvantaged women in remote places. She was present at an important training event for facilitators led by Dr Leila Bashir. Leila is a leading expert in adult literacy in Sudan and we are honoured that she has agreed to become a Patron.
We are delighted that our WEP scheme to support undergraduates at university is about to expand. Over the years, 350 young women have already graduated and we may well have in 2017 over 100 sponsored undergraduates studying.
The voluntary programme to help our students become more confident in English is developing and we are delighted to be supported by Khartoum International Community School. A group of KICS students are offering classes regularly to our undergraduates. We thank them for this.
In South Sudan, we continue to sponsor groups of students at Juba Health Science Institute and at Juba University. Both these groups of young women continue to study despite the huge challenges which they face. Our friend Silas Jojo sends his best wishes to all WEP supporters and is hugely appreciative of our continued encouragement in difficult times.
Looking ahead, in 2017 we look forward to spending more time with our undergraduates in Sudan, supporting them during their studies in whatever way we can.
We have a lunch reception for supporters planned for Saturday 21st January in Cambridge and Anna Snowden, one of our Trustees is kindly hosting this. Plans are developing for an event for local supporters in Khartoum and there may be an opportunity to hold a WEP reception in Madrid. We hope also soon to have news of another reception for supporters in London at the end of the year.
In 2016 WEP successfully gained official approval in Khartoum once again and we thank our country coordinator Neimat Hussein and our 3 local staff for their hard work locally on behalf of WEP. Despite the challenges, Women’s Education Partnership is breaking new ground in the ways we work with the disadvantaged women of Sudan and South Sudan. Thank you ( on their behalf) for your continuing generous financial support which enables this to happen.
Education for women is very much the family business and has been for many many decades so I salute the efforts or Women’s Education Partnership and wish your ventures every success.Zeinab Badawi, International Journalist and Advocate of Women's Education
I want to congratulate Women's Education Partnership on your long term commitment to changing the lives of some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged women in Sudan though education.Michael Aron The Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Sudan and Patron of Women’s Education Partnership
Education for any woman is the path to equal and qualitative participation in decision making on all levels. It must be a priority in Sudan to empower disadvantaged women and assist them so that they can contribute to their own wellbeing and develop a prosperous society for both women and men.Ambassador Mette Sunnergren, Ambassador of Sweden to Sudan and Patron of Women’s Education Partnership