On 5th February 2108 Christian Action for Relief and Development (CARD) conducted 3 days of teacher training in Masna Talip IDPs Primary school Wau.

By Riak Madut- Education Project Manager

Lucy Lomodong UNICEF Education Specialist at the Left to Executive Director Andrew Apiny, after training in Masna primary school
Lucy Lomodong UNICEF Education Specialist at the Left to Executive Director Andrew Apiny, after training in Masna primary school

The decades of civil war has left schools physical infrastructures in bad shape, the condition have been worsened by the ongoing conflict in the country. It’s estimated that over 1 Million children  lack access to quality education in South Sudan because of ongoing conflict substantial numbers are internally displaced for these children not only is their educational development denied but also they are deprived of other important benefits as well. On the other hand, most of the IDPs teachers who are providing teaching, their standards are very low; most of them have only completed Primary School education and only 43.7% have had any teachers training.

Teachers were awarded certificates of attendance
Teachers were awarded certificates of attendance

It’s from this background that CARD conducted induction training for the teachers in order to ensure that IDPs volunteer teachers have the necessary information, knowledge or skills, techniques and methodologies in teaching to provide support and lifesaving information to emergency affected learners.

The capacity building was targeting IDPs teachers and PTAs in order to enhance their capacity

To address some of the critical protection principles and psycho-social support practices, child protection, child friendly space and other needs of the children

Too often, in war torn country education is treated as a secondary need, to be addressed only once conflicts have subsided, is when people will think of children’s education. Yet, conflicts and emergencies can go on for years or even decades, leaving many children to grow up without education as well as deprived of the protection and support that going to school can provide.

CARD in collaboration with UNICEF paid much attention to understanding and overcoming the barriers that not only IDPs children but also all the children who frequently face challenges in accessing their right to education.

Teacher training at Masna
Picture showing interactive facilitation during teachers training at Masna primary school.

In most cases; the IDPS Collective sites is where there is a massive demand for basic education among the young children who have been forced to fled away from their original homes to Camps due to ongoing conflict in the country.

The General Director for quality promotion and Innovation in the state Ministry of Education-Wau expressed an appreciation to CARD for the tremendous work the organization did in collected sites: “We the state ministry of education are very happy for this kind of training, the training will help the teachers offer quality education,” he said. In another development, Mrs.Lucy Kithoi Lomodong the Education Specialist-UNICEF also acknowledged that CARD has done great job such as renovating the schools, provision of school benches, and distribution of learning materials. Kithoi also promised that UNICEF will channel more funding to CARD in order to continue to support and improve school physical infrastructure not only in Mansa but also in Jur River County, Wau and beyond or particularly to the displaced children out of school.

CARD Executive Director Andrew Apiny Macham appreciated UNICEF for the support UNICEF has given to CARD since last year 2017 to support IDPs schools in the collected sites, he added that, “The only thing that south Sudan can do to bring sustainable peace and live transformation is education. Education is the powerful tool in which I called upon all teachers and parents, government to commit ourselves to invest our resources, times and energies in training and teaching of our children for better future and peaceful nation where everyone want to live”.

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