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South Sudan is the world’s newest nation, and one of the world’s most fragile states. Years of war and violence mean education in South Sudan has been severely disrupted for generations. Only 27% of adults are literate, and prospects for children are dire.

What are the challenges for South Sudan?

In South Sudan 70% of children aged between 6 and 17 have never set foot in a classroom. Only 10% of children manage to complete primary education – one of the worst completion rates in the world.

Global Care is working for change. We believe education is one of the best tools for breaking the poverty cycle, and can do so within one generation. However, children hoping to access education in South Sudan face many barriers to success.

One of the biggest challenges is a lack of trained teachers. We are working with the rural Diocese of Wau, which initially had only two trained teachers across their 13 primary schools, and a group of seven trainees. Without good teachers, no children can receive the education they desperately need.

This is compounded by the violence and unrest militia groups bring to these poor communities. Thousands of young people join militia groups every year in the absence of any other source of livelihood, creating a vicious cycle of destruction.

What is Global Care doing to fight child poverty in South Sudan?

Working with the rural Diocese of Wau, we are training teachers. Teacher training is the fastest way of bringing better quality education to larger numbers of children and young people .

We put young people who have completed secondary school through a three-year teacher-training programme. Trainee teachers teach in the mornings, and train in the afternoons. Through the programme, we are already beginning to improve the quality of education.

The teacher training programme also addresses another huge challenge – providing viable employment for young people. By giving an alternative to joining the militia, we hope to begin building peace for families and communities who have experienced so much suffering.

The first 50 teachers supported by Global Care began training in January 2018. They are having an immediate impact, representing a five-fold increase in teaching staff numbers.

The trainees are drawn from government and church schools across the five dioceses making up Northern Bahr El Ghazal Internal Province, and are training at St John’s Theological College in Wau.

How can you help?

Why not partner our project in Wau? Regular gifts to this project enable them to continue producing a high standard of trained teachers. And those teachers go on to give children a way out of poverty – opening up opportunities for a better future for the whole of South Sudan.