09 November 2009
|Students at Loa Secondary School in Southern Sudan. They will benefit from improved school management in the area. (Ana Livi/JRS)|
|The overwhelming participation in the workshop showed the willingness of the local community to look after the schools and ensure that children in this area have access to education.|
Nimule, 9 November 2009 – From November 6-7, 2009, JRS organised a two day workshop for 19 members of the parents and teachers association (PTA) and the board of governors (BOG) of the secondary school in Loa, Southern Sudan. It was the second workshop in the area. Both workshops aimed at building the capacity of the local community to successfully manage their schools.
During the workshop the members of both committees were fully made aware of their roles and responsibilities. Participants learnt about planning, monitoring, supervision and evaluation mechanisms as well as basic skills necessary to manage school activities and projects. They were further introduced to the specific interaction of the PTA and the BOG in school administration.
The workshop also offered an opportunity for the committee members to share their practical experience and knowledge. Ample time was given to the discussion of issues relating to the school development plan which was evaluated and reviewed. Strategies for 2010 were prepared and will be further discussed among teachers and parents in a separate meeting. Plans were made to draft constitutions for both administration bodies in order to guide them in their work. Finally materials were handed out that will offer guidance and can be used as a reference in the members’ school management responsibilities.
The workshop was facilitated by the head teacher of Loa secondary school, Mr. Licki Albert Gummatal, the JRS Secondary Education Coordinator, Andebo Pax Pascal, and the JRS Affirmative Action Coordinator, Ms. Lindrio Rose Christine.
At the end of the workshop participants agreed that the training and sharing was very useful. The chairman of the PTA, Mr. Luka Adiges, thanked JRS for the training opportunity and for building awareness about the responsibilities of the community in managing schools. “For some of us it is the first time to be part of a school administration body and the training came just at the right time,” he said.
JRS Nimule Project Director, Mr. Lagu Angelo, concluded the workshop, reminding participants that they should join efforts to develop and manage their schools. “Even though JRS has helped with the construction of these schools and offers activities to build capacities in school administration, the schools are now entrusted to your care,” he said. The overwhelming participation in the workshop showed the willingness of the local community to look after the schools and ensure that children in this area have access to education.In Southern Sudan, the PTAs are responsible for managing school affairs following the idea that family and community involvement in education creates a sense of ownership, mobilises resources and builds capacities which are all factors that ultimately contribute to improving the quality of education. The BOG in turn oversees the implementation of government policies related to education and proper management of the school.