Recognition in Piantok

Piantok Primary school got a recognition award for their outstanding service delivery in school.

By Riak Madut- Education Project Manager

Pupils sat listening attentively.
Pupils at Piantok sat and listened attentively to the appreciation speech delivery by many speakers

On 16th March 2018, the executive Director for CARD Andrew Apiny Macham, the representative from the State Ministry of Education-Director for planning Mr. Simon P. Ndogo and Piantok Primary school Head master Mr. Angelo Ngor participated in a Radio Talk Show at Voice of Hope Radio at Wau Cathedral. During the radio show they explained to the public what made Piantok Primary school to be qualified, given an award and recognition in the state. The three guests did mention that Piantok primary school’s teachers and PTA were very active. It was also explained that education cluster actors want to recognise their efforts for doing tremendous work to encourage school teachers to go the extra mile and to challenge other schools which are very inactive to be more active. The education clusters did this in order to create competition among the head teachers in different schools given the fact that children will benefit out of this move.

The selection of Piantok Primary School to be given their award was done by different education partner organisations, among them were UNICEF, State Ministry of Education Science and Technology, CARD, Peace Corps, War Child Canada, Meltser International and WFP after their rapid assessment done in 2017- 2018 in different schools.

Teachers receive gifts.
Teachers were given teachers bags for their great work

Each organisation was given an opportunity to mention the best school in the state that did very well in terms of school management and commitment. However, the majority of education cluster partners selected Piantok Primary School as the best school.

CARD was then, selected by the education partners to organise an appreciation ceremony in collaboration with UNICEF, the State Ministry of Education Science and Technology Wau- South Sudan and to  give an award to Piantok Primary school in recognition of the Teachers and PTA for their tremendous effort and commitment in developing the school and service delivery.

The selection criteria were based on access to information, school resources management, compliance with South Sudan school calendar and many others. Piantok primary school was found to have met most of the criterion set forth by education actors. There was proper management of school resources given to Piantok primary school by different actors in the state, teachers and PTA. Commitment was also observed and the school calendar was seen being observed by Piantok compared to the other schools.

Another observation noticed was the high enrolment of pupils particularly girls, Piantok recorded the highest number of girls in school. Also taking into account the issue of information sharing, Education partners are always frustrated in accessing school information, it’s difficult to get accurate information but with Piantok Primary school whenever education actors come to school they get all information they required and that was also taken into account.

Mismanagement of school resources has been observed by education partners as one of the major challenges in various schools. Learning materials when given to any schools in big quantity may later on be seen being sold in the market the following day. This behaviour has frustrated most education partners as to why thing are not reaching the target beneficiaries. Many pupils were interviewed by different education actors in Piantok Primary school but there was no report from them lacking learning materials while in other schools more pupils are crying for learning materials.

Simon Ndogo Director for Planning (Wau State ministry of education gave speech) during function
Simon Ndogo Director for Planning (Wau State ministry of education gave speech) during function

During the award ceremony  Simon Paul Ndogo Director for Planning said, this award and recognition didn’t mean that Piantok Primary school had reached the peak of success, they still have a long way to go. They must do more this time so that other schools can emulate this kind of spirit of hard working. Executive Director for CARD Andrew Apiny Macham added that, Piantok primary school shouldn’t think that the school has reached the Promised Land, but there are still a lot of work to be done so as to make this school the best school in the state. He added that some other schools were calling them on the studio of Voice of Hope during the Radio Talk Show saying that in the coming year of 2019 Piantok primary school will be overtaken. He urged the school teachers and PTA members not to sleep but to continue with that kind of spirit. He assured them that it’s the only way South Sudanese will bring sustainable peace and development in the country”.

Education Thematic Programs.

CARD is implementing an emergency education project, the project is aimed to provide access to quality education to children affected by the conflict. CARD is establishing temporary learning spaces for 1000 displaced children in Hai Masna as well as provision of emergency teaching and learning materials to 1000 Primary school children.

Further implementing partner is building teachers and PTAs with capacity building on teaching skills in order to retain children in school. The training aims to equip teachers and PTAs to support learners’ psycho social needs and provide lifesaving information. PTA training aims to inform and reinforce their roles in school management and mobilization of children to go to schools. While at same time paying teachers incentives, this project is funded by UNICEF for the period of three months.