South Sudan is the world’s newest nation, and one of the world’s most fragile states. Years of war and violence mean education has been severely disrupted for generations. Only 27% of adults are literate, and prospects for children are dire.
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.
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.
By putting young people who have completed secondary school, or who are in the latter stages of secondary education, through a three-year teacher-training programme, we are beginning to improve the quality of education. Trainee teachers teach in the mornings, and train in the afternoons.
The teacher training programme also addresses another huge challenge – providing viable employment. Thousands of young people join militia groups every year in the absence of any other source of livelihood, creating a vicious cycle of destruction. We hope that by providing alternative employment we will break this cycle and begin to build peace for families and communities who have experienced so much suffering.
Currently our partners at the Diocese of Wau have just two trained teachers across their 13 primary schools, and a group of seven trainees. The teacher training programme is not only desperately needed, it is having an immediate impact.
The first 50 teachers supported by Global Care began training in January 2018.. They 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..