Twenty-six thousand teachers are needed in South Sudan! Sixty years of civil war have stalled all attempts to educate people and to train teachers. Most teachers in the schools have about four years of education! Only 27 percent of the population is literate. Only 14 percent of women older than 24 are literate. Solidarity with South Sudan is committed to raising the level of literacy by training primary school teachers. The Solidarity Teacher Training College in Yambio was dedicated in early 2013. A two-year residential pre-service program is held from January to November. At the end of these programs, teachers are nationally certified to teach in state schools. Over 500 teachers have been certified through the pre-service and in-service programs conducted by Solidarity.
In early 2014, the college in Malakal was destroyed in the civil war. As a result, a decision was made to expand the college at Yambio as a national college. Two new dormitories, a library/classroom block, and additional staff housing have been built to accommodate an influx of students. The goal is to provide for 180 students on campus for the pre-service program.
Over 4,000 teachers have participated in courses offered through Solidarity with South Sudan. Join us in supporting this program by making a donation today.