- South Sudan is the most illiterate nation on planet earth (193rd)
- 82% of women in South Sudan cannot read and write
- 76% of men in South Sudan cannot read and write
- 3 million children are supposed to be in school
- Only 1.8 million are in school while 1.2 million are out of school
- 8 out of 10 children drop out of school before completing primary 8
- 26,000 teachers are currently teaching in primary school
- 44% of the current serving teachers are primary school leavers
- 53%of the current serving teachers are secondary school leavers
- And only 3% are post secondary school leavers (degree holders)
- Education received 7% of the national budget in 2011
The long-term vision of the government of the Republic of South Sudan for the education sector is: “To build an educated and informed nation.” (Source: General Education Strategy 2012-2017, Ministry of General Education and Instruction Republic of South Sudan, 2012)
Yei Teacher Training College is contributing to the long term vision of the Republic of South Sudan.
Since 2001, the Yei Teacher Training College has been striving to improve the quality of education in South Sudan. It works to raise the standard of teaching in South Sudanese primary schools by offering comprehensive pre-service, in-service and management training to school staff, county-level education staff, community parent-teacher associations (PTAs) and School Management Committees (SMCs).
YTTC wants to contribute to the development of the new nation through the training of qualified male and female teachers to teach in schools. We feel that this will not only begin to help fill the gap left by generations who received little, to no, formal schooling but it will shape our system for the better and counteract the gender imbalance in education which stifles our country’s development. We believe that only the highest quality teachers are truly able to meet the educational needs of the children of South Sudan.
Over the last few years, we have begun to focus the majority of our efforts on pre-service training in order to create a body of teachers in every state who may be able to take our education system forward. We also actively recruit women because we believe that a well-trained female teacher will be able to inspire and motivate girls to pursue their education. In one course or another, we have provided training for over 2000 people over the last ten years. Evidence from the field demonstrates that this work has already had a dramatic impact on the performance of both teachers and pupils. In 2008, for example, Yei River County registered a 30% improvement (a rise to 83.1%) in PLE results compared to the previous year.
We encourage our student-teachers not just to instruct their pupils but to broaden their horizons through education. In addition to general teaching methods in early childhood education, our own students study science; information and communication technology; art & crafts, music and management disciplines. As a college, we believe that to stand still is to lose sight of our core motto: to “strive for excellence”. We encourage our students to do this but we too continue to strive by continuing to expand and improve.
We were founded and still work in collaboration with the local community, church, local government and a few international partners. This year – our eleventh as a college – we have 200 students on campus. We plan to increase this number to 400 over the next three years in order to meet the growing demand for qualified teachers. This calls for expansion of the learning space and physical infrastructure of the college as well as increasing the finance base in order to feed and provide better services to the student teachers.
We appeal for support both financially and in kind in order to help us continue to achieve these goals. We are also grateful for suggestions of potential new partnerships to pursue and can provide our college budget or similar supporting documents, once requested.
We believe that the future of South Sudan lies in education and we believe that only the best quality education should be afforded to children. Help us to build this future.
Please contact the persons below to register your support or interest:
Partnership and funding