Wau Diocese Teacher Training Project

  

GENERAL PROJECT INFORMATION

 

Project Name: - Teachers Training Project

 

Location: - St John’s College, Wau, South Sudan

 

Contact person: - Rev Peter Angui Akook - Principal

 

principal@wau.anglican.org                  +211 920221516 / 0955494029

 

Rt Rev Moses Deng Bol - Board Chair

bishop@wau.anglican.org                      +211 955602769 / 926954187

 

 

 

 

THE NEED

The need we want to address is lack of enough trained teachers in Church Schools in Northern Bhar El Ghazal Cluster/Internal Province.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION.

The aim of this project is to train 60 Teachers from 12 Church owned schools in the Northern Bahr El Ghazal Cluster (an internal Province) of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan. This area is comprised of 2 Dioceses and three Area Dioceses namely Wau, Aweil, Abyei, Gogrial and Tonj.

These areas were most affected by the 21 years of conflict between the Southern based Christian and anamist rebel group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) and the Northern based Islamic Government.

During the war villages were raided by Government backed Islamic militias, popularly known in Arabic as Muraleen (people on the move) because they were moving on the back of horses. During the raids young men were either killed or taken as slaves and the young girls and women were also taken as sex slaves.

This seriously interrupted the education system in the region as most of the young people either joined the rebel movement or went to the North where they worked for the Northern Sudanese businessmen, mostly in farms or brick laying etc. The few of them who managed to go to school in the North did so in Arabic. Since the creation of South Sudan as a new country the Government of South Sudan has declared English as the Language of instruction and Arabic will remain as one of the subjects only. So even those who have managed to get some education in the North are not able to teach in our schools.

To meet the need of teacher training St John’s College of Theology and Development has lauched a three year diplopma in education from January 2016. St John’s College was established in 2011 as a Theological College to train the Clergy who were ordained without proper theological training during the war in order to pastor the mushrooming churches as the church grew so rapidly.

Although St John’s serves the whole of Bhar El Ghazal Region, this particular project will focus on the the five Dioceses in Northern Bhar El Ghazal Cluster/ Internal Province.

The five Dioceses together have 11 Primary Schools and 1 Secondary School. Most of our teachers have not gone through any teacher training. So we want to train 60  teachers by taking 5 teachers from each of the 12 schools beginning from January 2017.

 

SPECIFIC NEEDS

Our Specific needs are the salaries to pay qualified Tutors especially from the neigbouring countries of Uganda and Kenya. The salaries will cover the cost of living, accommodation, transport and medical care and other personal expenses for the Tutors.

 

PROJECT COSTS

We are requesting £15,000 to sponsor all 60 students. Each student costs £200 for tuition and £50 for books, exams and development fees. There are two Semesters in a year and each Semester covers four Months. So £100 is the tuition fee per student per Semester.

Our plan is to pay five Tutors £25 per Month which means one Tutor gets £5 per student per month which also means one Tutor will be paid £300 a Month.

The local Church will cover the cost of transport, feeding, accommodation, medical care and pocket money for their students. We estimate the cost of a student’s personal expenses is also £250 as the living conditions are currently very high in South Sudan. So a full scholarship for one student would be £500 per a year.

Each student will remain a teacher in one of the church schools.

 

WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS PROJECT?

The Principal of St John’s College will be responsible for over all management of the funds and he will be writing the narrative reports and update donors on the progress of the students. But the detailed financial report will be provided by the College Finance Officer. All work undertaken by the college staff is under the direct supervision of the Rt Rev Moses Deng Bol.

 

REPORTING ON THE PROJECT

The principal will provide narrative report which will include achievements, challenges and plans, photos of the tutors, studuents and any other relevant photos. The Finance Officer will give a quarterly report of the income, expenditure and balance as per the budgetline i.e Tutors salaries, books, exams and development activities. All the reports will be send back to donors by email to minimise costs.

  

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND IMPACT

We are using St John’s College to build peace among different communities in the region and holding this up as an example in the long run to the whole of South Sudan. So we have also introduced courses such as Peace Building, Conflict Transformation and Spiritual Development which emphasises the importance of the great commandment of loving your neighbour as yourself in all aspects including education. So the funds will not only equipe the teachers with the knowledge and skills they need in order to teach children but they will also learn to teach children and the wider community to embrace peace and harmony among the many different tribal communities.

We also emphasise gender equality, as culturally women have not been encouraged to learn in our community. Hence we always demand that at least 25% of the students being sent to the College are female to ensure talented women are not excluded.

Also the threat of islamization in this region is very evident. Most of the shops in Wau, Aweil, Kuajok and other major towns in the Region are run by Muslims mainly from North Sudan. Recently a new rebel group led by an Islamic Leader called Ali Tamim and backed by Islamic Militants from the North attacked the South Sudanese Army (SPLA) based in Raja, a town bordering the Darfur Region of Sudan. So training teachers through a Church owned College will help counter any Islamic threat by providing educational alternatives and emphasising peace through service. Many uneducated local people have no way to deal with conflict resolution other than direct violence. Education is a step towards peace building.