Due to years of conflict, a large number of teachers in Southern Sudan do not have formal teacher training. Both is a Southern Sudanese teacher in his mid 30s who began teaching at just 13 years old. When his class lost their instructor, he moved up to the front of the room and began teaching all he knew. Although the language of instruction in Southern Sudan is English, most teachers have been trained in Arabic.
Now Both, like many of his colleagues, is looking to upgrade his English language and teaching skills. He is enrolled in an Advanced English Language training program delivered by Windle Trust International. Both teaches during the day and heads back into the classroom in the late afternoon where he becomes the student. Both is proud of the accomplishments he has made so far and he knows that his commitment to bettering himself will allow him to educate the next generation of Southern Sudanese students to the best of his abilities. Teachers like Both are not uncommon, however the quality and access to English classes for teachers in Southern Sudan is scarce.
Through WUSC’s new project, teachers will be provided with in-service English language training to successfully teach classes in the language. Gender equality training will also be provided and the teachers will be assessed based on both teaching ability and gender sensitivity. The goal of gender-aware teaching is to encourage girls to remain in the classroom. Currently female retention is half that of their male counterparts.
This program will also provide vocational training for men and women in the region. However, focus will be placed on women in Southern Sudan, a group that is particularly marginalized and has limited access to education. WUSC has experience in working in conflict and post-conflict environments and in managing vocational training programs based on our success in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Learn more about WUSC's Building a Sustainable Future Through Education.