Refresher training is in session for the teachers of the 10 BRAC schools in the Lakes State of Southern Sudan. Huddled in a hut, 10 women are reviewing the next lesson plan. It'll be time for reading and multiplication for the 300 students who attend these schools, and will enter the final year of their pre-primary course.
Southern Sudan is preparing to hold it's referendum for independence in January 2011. The feeling of hope, of being able to control their own destiny is very real for the people of Southern Sudan, and more so for the teachers attending the refresher training. They are educating the generation whose responsibility it will be to take this war torn region into an era of hope and prosperity. The teachers are aware of their role in molding that generation, and the work that BRAC Southern Sudan is doing to support this not-yet-born nation.We thank you for your support.
While the team has encountered a number of obstacles in the past few months, they continue to meet Sudan's extreme circumstances with achievement.
The S. Sudan Education program is running well, and BRAC is happy to be able to provide a place for kids to be kids!
The 140 BRAC schools in Southern Sudan are bustling with energy, full of children playing, singing and enjoying learning. The schools provide alternative primary education to children between the ages of 8-11, with an accelerated curriculum that helps children who’ve never been to school get mainstreamed back into the formal education system. The children have completed their first year at the BRAC schools and are entering the second of the three year program.
Enjoy and pictures and thanks again to all of those who have enabled this project to continue! Keep up the great support!
Classes are going well in the 5 Southern Sudan schools. The teachers were given basic training for 15 days with a 3-day orientation before classes began. Refresher trainings have been conducted about 2 days per month, allowing teachers the opportunity to continually brush up on upcoming lessons and curricula.
For the 175 children that attend these schools, this has been quite a departure from their old lives in which there had been no schools, no teachers, and most had probably never even seen a school building!
Looking forward, we will be striving to keep the schools running, raising support for continued refresher trainings, teaching aids and manuals, and schoolbooks and supplies for upcoming semesters.
Thank you to all who have contributed and have been following our progress! Hopefully we can meet any upcoming challenges together, to help provide these kids with the educations they’ll need to become productive and stable members of their communities.
Things are moving along well with the education program in Southern Sudan. All five of the schools have been built, and we've started classes.
Born at the end of a civil war that spanned two decades, the children in the photos below did not even hope for a primary education a year ago - there were simply no schools around, not even a building that could be rented and converted into a school. BRAC's first office in Southern Sudan was a tent we shared with the UN!
Here's an overview of what we've accomplished with your help:
* 5 schools have been built
* teachers have been recruited and trained
* 175 students have been selected and have started classes
* initial meetings have been held in the community to generate support for the schools
While we've accomplished a lot of major goals, we still have work to do. The teachers need refresher trainings so they can prepare to take their students to the next grade. Students will need additional school supplies and workbooks for the next grade.
Thank you for your continuing support of the children in Southern Sudan!
Just as many of us are relieved to have a short break from school for the Winter holidays, children in Southern Sudan are anticipating their first chance to go to school.
So far, BRAC has made progress in identifying the students, training teachers and beginning to build school buildings. We include the entire community in the process of developing our schools, engaging them in the success of the children who go there.
Our major milestones include:
* identifying 175 out-of-school children to join as the first class of students at the BRAC schools
* training 5 teachers - one for each school
* building 2 of the 5 school buildings this project will support
Thank you to everyone who has supported this project! Your continued support during this holiday season will help BRAC provide these children with a gift that keeps on giving - the gift of education.
Best wishes and happy holidays,
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