Southern Sudan: JRS Lobone trains 58 teachers
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."
Lobone, 11 September 2009 JRS Lobone recently conducted eight in-service training workshops for 58 teachers teaching at primary, secondary, nursery and adult literacy education level in two different counties. Participants were trained by external facilitators from Uganda. Due to poor education opportunities for women and persisting cultural barriers, only nine participants were female teachers.

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.

The 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. 

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