11 September 2009
|Sudanese children, like these boys who sit outside a school building in Lobone, are those who will benefit from JRS teacher training sessions the most. (Angelika Mendes/JRS)|
|"Of about 30 teachers in two secondary schools in Lobone and Magwi, approximately 40 percent are trained and 60 percent are untrained."|
After a general introduction to education, workshop participants learned about general teaching methodologies, educational psychology, administration and management. They were also trained in how to prepare lesson plans, develop their scheme of work and carry out gender analysis.
training workshops were officially opened and closed by Mr. Dominic Obel, the
local government executive officer of Lobone Payam (sub-county). He encouraged
the participants to make the maximum use of the available training
opportunities, as long as aid organisations are still around. He also urged the
participants to actively use the knowledge they gained during the workshops. At
the end of his speeches, he handed out certificates of attendance to the
trainees. JRS project administrator, Mr. Elias Kirima Kigunda, assured the
participants JRS’ continued support but also urged them to make good use of the
opportunities they come across.
Stretching teacher training
While 21 percent of the adult literacy instructors in Lobone Payam are trained, 79 percent have not received any training. Through in-service and college-based training, JRS continually builds the capacities of these teachers. “Of about 30 teachers in two secondary schools in Lobone and Magwi, approximately 40 percent are trained and 60 percent are untrained. This calls for a double strategy of college-based training and in-service workshops to develop the teachers’ skills,” says JRS secondary education coordinator Aidan Azairwe. With its various activities, JRS will continue to support the Government of Southern Sudan to rebuild the education system and provide quality education.
JRS has been present in Lobone since 2001, providing basic education and pastoral care. Currently, the organization supports eight nursery, seven primary, two secondary schools, 5 literacy centres and provides teacher training as well as peace education to almost 500 people. The overall aim of JRS’s intervention in Lobone is to build the capacity of education officials and to help rebuild school infrastructure and resources.