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Because families living in poverty face many barriers to educating their children, effective programs require much more than just building new schools and classrooms.

That’s why, with your help, our projects employ a wide variety of activities to get (and keep) children in school. Examples include:

  • Outreach to parents on the vital role that child education plays in development
  • School gardens and lunch programs that quell hungry stomachs and feed healthy minds
  • Gender rights and awareness programs to increase enrolment among girls
  • Teacher training programs to improve the quality of instruction
  • Parent committees and student councils to ensure hands-on local leadership of schools.

Teacher training in South Sudan

An educated citizenry is the most important ingredient for economic development, but without good teachers, families who make big sacrifices to send their children to school often have little to show for it. Tragically, because of poor quality education, children can come away from years of schooling without the literacy, numeracy and critical thinking they need to transform their lives. That’s where our teacher training programs come in.

In South Sudan, Betty is one of 64 teachers to participate in a two-week training course.

“It was an invaluable experience,” she says, proudly showing her certificate. “It improved our practical teaching skills and our knowledge.”

Because of the program’s success, the Ministry of Education will work to train more teachers across the central parts of the country.

On hand to present certificates to Betty and the other graduates, Plan’s country director in South Sudan, Gyan Adhikari, extolled the importance of the program.

“Plan believes that education is the bedrock of development and that teachers are the bedrock of good schools. That’s why we place so much emphasis on training teachers to sharpen their skills so that they can effectively impart knowledge to a generation of future leaders who will break the cycle of poverty for their families and communities.”

Nourishing bodies and minds

Giving children access to healthy and nutritious food at school is not only good for their health – it’s also an effective way to increase enrolment and improve attendance. Meal programs encourage parents to send their children every day, knowing that they will get at least one daily meal without incurring a household expense. This is a strong incentive for the poorest families and it also ensures that no child is too hungry to learn.

Here are just a few of the achievements we’ve made in Sierra Leone, thanks to you:

  • School feeding programs in more than 700 schools provided meals to more than 154,000 students
  • The construction of more than 20 food storage rooms at local schools in 6 districts.

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