Favorite thing: Women's education was started when Sheikh Babiker Bedri. open the first girls' school in 1907. There was so much hostility to the idea at first that it was populated by his own family The Bedri family opened a school for girls in Omdurman, and now have a University, Ahfad University for Women. In addition to Medicine and Pharmacy it has colleges of Psychology and Pre-school education; Business Management; Rural Development; Family Science and Nutrition.There are at least 4500 students.
The teaching is in English and the girls get a very good education . They also turn out confident , independent and disciplined young women. Part of their education is to go on field trips to rural areas for a few weeks. There they try to inform the locals on subjects like family planning, contraception, the evils of circumcision, nutrition etc.
The campus is pleasantly designed, and there is a good library. Visiting lecturers give talks, and the girls are encouraged to participate in activities.
Nowadays students from neighbouring countries are starting to attend this university.
- Study Abroad
- Women's Travel
Favorite thing: The best place for internet is the Faster Net Cafe in the corner of Shuhada Square. They have 30 computers, all fairly fast, and they charge S£3000 (SD300) an hour. It is very popular with Omdurman's young and trendy, so you may have to wait a while listening to Mariah Carey belting out her big ballads until a seat becomes free. They also have a huge collection of DVDs for rent, everything from Bollywood to MTV to the latest Hollywood movies. If this place is too busy for you, then try next door at Awaab Net, same charge, fewer computers, slightly slower, but there is usually a free computer. Both places stay open until late...often until way after midnight if the owners' friends are watching DVDs.