July 23, 2013

Exciting New Partnership Focuses on Rebuilding South Sudan

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In an exciting development, EduDeo Ministries and CH Global have signed a three year agreement to continue to work together in South Sudan. EduDeo Ministries’ role will continue to be focused on Teacher Training through the Walking Together program.

EduDeo is committing $178,000 over the next three years to help shape this emerging nation for Christ. These funds will be divided into the ongoing training of indigenous leaders, including workshops, as well as the building of a training centre in the capital city of Juba. 

Executive Director, Hank de Jong, notes, “There is an urgency to respond to this
opportunity in South Sudan.  God has provided us with a window to help shape this next generation with an education founded on the Word of God. We must act now.”

EduDeo Ministries is honoured to continue to partner with CH Global in South Sudan. The partnership has been ongoing for two years already, impacting the teaching methodologies of teacher leaders in the world’s newest country. These new insights for indigenous teachers will not only enhance the quality of education for students, but will also introduce the Gospel story of redemption and forgiveness into the classroom. Students are beginning to find hope!

Here is a little background on South Sudan as a nation:

  • South Sudan became an independent nation on July 9, 2011 after a long struggle and protracted civil war between the periods of 1955-1972 and 1983-2005.
  • The war has resulted in 2 million lives lost, millions displaced, and the entire infrastructure of the country was destroyed.
  • The new nation, the Republic of South Sudan is divided into 10 States.
  • South Sudan has a population of 8,260,490 based on 2008 census. About 50% of the population is under 18 years old — creating a massive need and demand for education at all levels.
  • In the last twenty two years of civil war, the majority of South Sudanese, especially children, have no access to quality and equitable education. The condition and situation of education in South Sudan since its independence can be described as:
    • Almost 1 million school age children are out of school
    • Most, if not all of education officers and head teachers lack professional qualification
    • Majority of the teachers have not received any professional training
    • The vast majority of learning spaces provide insufficient space for children and teachers
    • The issues of over-aged students and dropout are still challenging
    • According to 2011 annual statistics, South Sudan has registered 1,391,704 primary level pupils, 26,549 primary teachers, 44,084 secondary students and 2,723 secondary teachers

We have an excellent opportunity to partner with the government of South Sudan as the state Ministry of Education is committed to deliver sustainable and equitable access to quality education through advocacy and capacity development in collaboration with learners, parents, community, and development partners.

EduDeo Ministries is delighted to see its mission of advancing Christ-centred education for children realized more fully in South Sudan through this partnership! The end goal is to reach our vision of seeing every community transformed by the Gospel.

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* The Bible League of Canada is an active partner as well, making Bibles available to thousands of young South-Sudanese students. 


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