Midterm exams and final exams can elicit a wide range of emotions, but happiness and anticipation are usually not what comes to mind. For Adhel Kuel, exams mean more than educational progression. It means she gets a chance to visit her four-year old daughter in Kampala, Uganda. Kuel is a 27 year old, single mother living in Aweil, Northern Bahr el Ghazal state in South Sudan.
A year ago, Kuel left the north, to “come home to South Sudan.” She left her daughter with the child’s grandmother in Uganda and started a new life in Aweil. Kuel is an Arabic trained teacher, currently teaching in a secondary school. As the South Sudan education system makes the shift from Arabic to English, Kuel knows she will lose her job unless she learns to speak, and teach, in English.
Changing lives through education and training in South Sudan
WUSC, in partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council, is implementing an adult literacy program in Aweil as part of WUSC’s education and training program in South Sudan. This program teaches English as a second language and provides training in reading and writing. The training takes place daily, at the Women’s Centre in town. Kuel heard about the program and took advantage of the opportunity to gain skills she will soon need if she is to keep her job. The hours of training allow Kuel to keep teaching and studying.
In addition to teaching at the secondary school, and studying English at the Women’s Centre, Kuel is enrolled in a distance education program at Upper Nile University. She travels from Aweil to Malakal in Upper Nile State to sit her exams in public health. Once the exams are over, Kuel travels to Uganda to visit her daughter before returning to Aweil.
Kuel is committed to playing an active role in building the new nation of South Sudan. The health situation in NBeG is poor and she would like to shift from teaching to working with the government to address the health needs of women.