By Sam Bridge
Monetary aid, provided by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, covers educational necessities, including classroom equipment
The UAE has announced AED55 million ($15 million) for school supplies that will support 400,000 students in Sudan.
The monetary aid, provided by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) covers educational necessities, including classroom equipment, state news agency WAM reported.
ADFD, in cooperation with the Sudanese government, supervised the delivery of the first shipment of school supplies that covers the needs of 10,000 students, it added.
All educational shipments are expected to arrive in Sudan by the end of February 2020.
The school supplies support package falls within the framework of the AED11 billion ($3 billion) Saudi Arabia-UAE joint aid package aimed at supporting Sudan’s economic and financial stability.
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, director-general of ADFD, said: "The aid provided to Sudan stems from the guidance of the UAE leadership and its keenness to ensure the provision of educational, nutritional and medical requirements for the Sudanese people. The UAE’s commitment to supporting Sudan testifies to the brotherly ties that unite the two countries."
He added: "At this stage, supporting the education sector in Sudan and enabling students to learn in modern classrooms equipped with essential school supplies, as well as providing food, medicine, and basic commodities for the Sudanese people are core priorities for the UAE and ADFD."
As part of the package, Saudi Arabia and the UAE deposited a financial allocation of $500 million into the Central Bank of Sudan earlier this year to strengthen its financial position.
The UAE and Saudi Arabia have also dispatched 540,000 tonnes of wheat worth $150 million to enhance food security in Sudan over a three-month period.
The remainder of the aid package has been allocated to meet the urgent needs of the Sudanese population for medicine, petroleum derivatives, and seasonal agricultural supplies.