The Institute for Family & Community Development in Sudan University of Science & Technology (SUST) has organized, in collaboration with Sanad Charity Foundation, the monthly forum entitled (the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in International Law between Theory and Practice in Sudan) Prof Dr. Gadalla Abdalla Alhasan, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of SUST addressed the forum expressing SUST’s pride in the Institute which has become a shining example representing a model for interaction between the community and SUST, thus putting a warm human face on the University's public image, indicating that the University accommodates a number students with special needs in different colleges who have formed an Association to voice their demands for submittal to the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. Prof Gadalla also said that it has been long customary for SUST to create partnerships with the various sectors in the University, expressing hope that the Forum will come up with recommendations to serve social and sustainable development objectives and defend the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. “Today, we witness with agony, the many children rights violations that gravely affect the fabric of our local and international society,” said Dr. Al-Shaffa ‘Abd al-Qadir, Dean of the Institute for Family & Community Development addressing the forum, stressing that Belgrade General Conference of 1980, has ensured the genuine integration of the disabled into the society, and their right to acquire special skills which could help them develop their capacities to take primary responsibility for themselves and aid them looking after their life, under the principle of self-reliance, adding that the same Conference has guaranteed them civil and legitimacy rights. However, still there barriers to political participation for people with disabilities, such as participation in voting and election because the community is not able to distinguish between the proportion of disabilities, in addition to their right to live with their families. The forum contained a variety of papers, the first one has been delivered by Dr. Salma at-Tayib ‘Ali Taha, founder of at-Tayib ‘Ali Taha Academy for Disabled in Kosti city, addressing the rights of disabled set forth in International laws, compared to their rights in Sudan. The second paper has been presented by Dr. Ahmad Mahmud Muhammad ‘Isa, Director of al-Gadarif Digital Organization, entitled (The Role of TeleCenter in Gadarif in Applying the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), in addition to a third paper delivered by Dr. Colonel (retd), Badr ad-Din Ahmad Hasan, member of the Council of Persons with Disabilities in Khartoum State, under the title (The Rights of Disabled in Sudan from Exception to Equality) compared to International laws.
Within the context of training the university staff, the Family and Community Training Institute has organized a course in primary health care, nursing home targeting both female and male workers. Dr. Hadiya Mubarak Sheikh Ed din, Dean of the Institute, addressed the convocation pinpointing the importance of the course for the workers at the university especially when rendering medical care to their students. Mr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman, Director of training at the Sudanese Red Crescent Association put emphasis on the association's role in providing services to humanity, and that the basic goal of the course which was held at the university is to help trainees get the proper training in rendering the desired care at the occurrence of an injury to sustain it from worsening until it reaches the proficient specialist, calling for more training.
Within the framework of the Arab & International Day of Older Persons Celebration. In observance of this Day the Institute held a festival at ad-Daw Hajuj Care Home “Dar ad-Daw Hajuj” for older persons, located in Khartoum North. Dr. Hadia Mubarak as-Shaykh, Dean of the Institute, addressed the attendees saying that it has become customary for the Institute to celebrate this day, which prepares students to connect to the wider community and participate in community service. “This initiative has been launched to facilitate reunion of the elderly and return them to their families. It is worth mentiong that the Institute provided in- kind materials and food for the elderly. This celebration has been arranged to entertain the elderly and provide technical session on this subject matter,” She added. On the other part, as-Sadiq Ahmad ‘Umar, the Director of ad-Daw Hajuj Care Home, shed light on the origins of the House which dates back to the year 1928, saying that it has grown over the years, until the upsurge it has witnessed by the Man of Charity ad-Daw Hajuj. “Now the number of residents in this Home is 41, suffering from psychological problems, and all of them are displaced persons whom have been referred to this Home by the Department of Police Community Security,” he said. Noting that the Management of this Home does not permit the admittance of any person who comes to it through his family, and only allows admittance to those who are referred to it by the Department of Police Community Security, provided that the referred person must be healthy, and in particular not carrying communicable diseases, adding that the House receives support from the Ministry of Guidance and Social Development as well as from well-wishers.
Under the theme "Towards a safe childhood at present and a promising future" the Institute of Family and Community Development in collaboration with the Deanship of Scientific Research at Sudan University of Science and Technology will hold the 1st global child conference highlight the importance of childhood well-being and healthy environment with special focus on child's different issues in order to minimize the risks of culture clash and foreign cultures. The following are the most important themes to be discussed at the conference: • Raising community awareness of the importance of childhood • Raising the awareness of the community of childhood issues • Pinpointing the phenomenon of violence against children • Establishing a specialized center to address childhood issues as a strategic target.
Indigenous Knowledge is very crucial in the development context, and for this reason the institute is interesting in the investigation of this aspects.
A team has been formed at the Sudan University Science and technology to address indigenous knowledge related aspects aiming at:.
• Investigation of IK that interact with the process of community development within Sudanese communities.
• Explore areas of validation and documentation of IK.
• Co-operate and exchange of experience with other bodies that share interests at national and international levels The team includes representatives from related colleges and institutes (fine art, music and drama, natural resources management, education peace culture, forestry and range science).
The team activities are hosted by the institute of family and community development (attached profile) We appreciate exchange of knowledge materials, joined work and to being notified on occasions and functions in this respect.