In South Sudan, many schools utilise temporary classrooms made of mud and thatch. In some village schools, there aren’t enough classrooms and classes may take place in the open air, under a mango tree.
During the wartime years, no schools operated and no schools were built. Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in January 2005, a great deal of investment in schools has taken place but the needs are enormous.
The Brickworks does not normally have sufficient funds to build complete schools or new classroom blocks but in the past we have worked with partners who have provided the funds and, in co-operation with the relevant Diocese, we have let the contract and overseen the construction.
The photo shows new classrooms that were built at St Paul’s Lizira Primary School, replacing old classrooms that were in a very poor state.
Our method of procurement is to handle all contractual, tendering and payment issues from the UK and to leave site supervision and liaison with the Education authorities to a trusted local representative. The Chairman of our Charity was involved in the project management of school construction in South Sudan from 2008 to 2012, involving the completion of 11 schools, and the method proved very successful.
Our next goal
While we will continue to invest in new classrooms and new facilities when the funding has been provided, we believe that we must also invest in training teachers. So far we have helped over 50 primary school teachers to study for a Teaching Diploma. The photo is of the Yei Teacher Training College.
Did you know?
A girl has a higher chance of dying in childbirth than of finishing primary school