Southern Sudan: Skills training empowers adults
12 June 2009

Uniforms, like those the children in Iriya are wearing, were sewn by a refugee woman taught by JRS. (Ana Livi/JRS)
“The training has restored my hope. I was helpless but thanks to the training I am now empowered."
Nimule, 12 June 2009 This April, a tailoring student who had taken part in JRS skills training was hired by St. Patrick’s primary school in Nimule to sew school unifIn April this year a tailoring student who took part in the JRS skills training was hired by St. Patrick’s primary school in Nimule to sew school uniforms. 


Ms. Kide Peace William was very happy. “I am grateful for your programme. I am able to buy soap, salt, change diet and do so many things without asking my husband. This has given room for mutual understanding between me and my family. I am now able to maintain my home independently.” she told JRS Adult Literacy Coordinator Clement Quintino Gama. “The training has restored my hope. I was helpless but thanks to the training I am now empowered,” she added.


Ms. Kide is one of 45 women JRS has trained in tailoring from 2007 – 2008. To help them improve their skills each was provided with a sewing machine on a cost sharing basis. This enables them to become self-reliant and to support their own family as well as the community at large. 


Providing diverse employment


Others adult learners who have benefitted from JRS adult literacy training have also found employment: 45 women engage in incoming generating activities through small businesses, three are employed as office managers, one was hired as a driver, five are working as guards and many others have been employed as army or police officers. 


The JRS functional adult literacy and skills training programme was first introduced in 1998 after a needs assessment was carried out which confirmed high levels of illiteracy. 


Between 2006 and 2008, 1000 adults have acquired knowledge of reading, writing and simple calculations through the programme. The adult students come from Nimule, Pageri and Mugali Payams (sub-counties) which form part of Magwi County in the Eastern Equatoria state of Southern Sudan. 


During the more than two decades long civil war in Southern Sudan, the illiteracy rate reached alarming figures and most of the education facilities were destroyed. According to a recent analysis by JRS Nimule, illiteracy has gradually decreased in the three sub-counties due to the efforts of the government and its partners. 







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