RtL staff visiting community school in Nimule
As South Sudan prepares for the start of its annual rainy season, Winrock International has begun to ramp down its activities under the Room to Learn (RtL) program. Due to the increasing humanitarian crisis and the fragile peace agreement of August 2015, USAID has decided to shift its focus to strengthening resilient and conflict resistant communities in the country; as a result, the RtL program will close in September 2016 – two years earlier than initially planned.
In spite of the dire political and security environment, the RtL Project has entered 388 school communities. By the end of September we will have supported nearly 400 school development plans, trained over 1,400 teachers in literacy instruction, introduced innovative gender and social inclusion approaches and psycho-social support practices, and delivered more than 990 packages of essential education instructional materials for teachers and students across six states. The project is estimated to have supported roughly 233,000 children to date and hopes to reach an additional 60,000 by the end of September.
Your generous support enabled us to supplement our grants to school committees for education materials such as portable blackboards, lesson planning books for teachers, supplementary readers, educational games, and basic school supplies. These materials are a vital complement to RtL’s teacher training efforts, enabling educators to prepare relevant lesson plans and adjust learning materials to be targeted and effective for each level of learner. As Denya Alex Michael, an English teacher at Leikor primary school, notes, “The skills I learned from the <RtL> training helped me to deliver child-centered lessons through the use of handmade teaching aids. Children now report to school on time because they find my teaching interesting.”
On behalf of Winrock and our partners FHI360 and Plan International, we thank you for your generous support. Your commitment has been invaluable in making a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese students and educators in hundreds of communities– an impact that will positively affect these communities for years to come. Winrock and its partners continue to hope that peace and stability will return to South Sudan, and we remain committed to improving educational quality and access for youth and children throughout the country.
RtL delivers desks to school in Magwi
Thank you for supporting students in South Sudan!