26,000 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 % of the population is literate. Only 18% 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 TTC 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. STTC was the only college in the country to graduate new teachers at the end of 2016!
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 4000 teachers have participated in courses offered through Solidarity with South Sudan. In addition, curriculum materials and certification are now offered to the Jesuit Refugee Service Teacher Training Program in Maban. This program trains teachers coming from the UN Protection of Civilian Sites in the area. Friends in Solidarity is committed to helping this happen. Join us by making a donation today.