YTTC likes to offer more than just academic experiences to our students during their stay with us. Here are just some of the things they can be involved with:
Great importance is attached to equipping students in a wide range of sports. It's a healthy body that supplies a healthy mind.
The college provides a large sports field which allows students to exercise and can accommodate football, netball and many track & field athletics events. This sports ground serves the whole community, including inter-primary athletics competitions and Yei County inter-club competitions. It was selected as the national sports training centre for the South Sudan National Team, which later played with the Harambe Stars of Kenya in Juba, in 2011.
YTTC provides an impressive identity in its sports attire; yellow, which symbolizes the plentiful sunshine; maroon, for brotherhood; and blue & white, for our abundant resources and peace.
Students are encouraged to be involved in a variety of clubs. These are:
- Science & Technology
- Moral Boosters
- Music, Dance and Drama
- Girl Guides & Scouting
- Brass Band
Guidance and Rehabilitation Services
The well being of all YTTC students is very important to management. Mentoring and coaching of students is a serious undertaking, so much so, that each student is allocated a tutor, referred to as their "parent", or "mentor".
Teacher trainees are mentored and coached on all aspects of life. Whatever problems or challenges the students are facing, they are free to approach their mentors and share their academic, social, or any other struggle which they may be experiencing. Tutors conduct both individual and group meetings with their families. These meetings can be initiated both by "parents" and by students themselves.
YTTC is aware of the various personalities of people, and through these mentoring and coaching groups students who are introverts can be helped and assisted. In the same way, grouping students enables them to talk to each other more freely, thereby bringing about tolerance, cultural awareness and peace building.
For all female students, YTTC provides a Senior Woman Tutor who can assist with any specific issues that they may feel unable to raise with their male tutors. As a college, we are committed to encouraging an increase in the number of female teachers in South Sudan since this country has the lowest female literacy rate in the world. It is important to us to provide whatever support we can for our female students. Our male students are the direct responsibility of the Dean of Students, who is available to assist with any matters where a problem more specifically applying to males may arise.
There are many opportunities for students to develop spiritually during their time at Yei Teacher Training College. This includes regular times set aside for group singing, bible teaching and fellowship, as well as opportunities to engage with 'family parents'/tutors to talk and pray with.
Every morning from 8-8.30am the college comes together to attend Devotion. This is where we hear college notices from the Student’s Guild and the staff. Each day we also hear from a preacher who talks about an aspect of their faith. These speakers can be students, staff members or special guests brought in from outside the college.
Yei Teacher Training College, since its outset, has put a lot of emphasis on the maintenance of the environment.
Throughout the week all students are expected to contribute to the on-going maintenance of the college grounds. In addition to maintaining the green nature of the campus, student teachers are trained to be aware of their responsibility to help minimize factors that lead to environmental degradation in our community.
In 2011 during the Republic of South Sudan independence celebrations, YTTC held a rubbish collection and recycling event in Yei which was very well received by the community. Students and tutors worked together to gather over six thousand empty plastic bottles for the construction of a mushroom house. In 2012 this initiative was repeated immediately prior to the one year anniversary of the Republic of South Sudan's independence. 90 school children and other members of the community joined in this task, with an official opening by the Yei River County Commissioner, Mr Juma David Augustine.