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Private institutions urged to contribute to education in South Sudan

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December 6, 2010 (JUBA) - The regional government of south Sudan on Monday called for the contribution of private institutions in education sector to complement her efforts in provision of educational service in the region.

Addressing students returning from various Sudanese universities in the north, Kuol Atem, a director for alternative education at the ministry of general education called on the students and the public at large to exercise more patience saying that his ministry is trying its best to provide quality education to all groups.

“Education is one of the reasons why south Sudan went to war twice with the north. It was one of the grievances and caused of the repeated rebellions. The north was educating itself and gave no attention to the south, so we are taking the issue of education more seriously in the ministry,” explained Atem.

From 1955-1973 and 1983-2005 the south fought various Khartoum governments over political and economic marginalization, resources (oil and water), religion and identity. The latest civil war ended when the dominant parties of north and south agreed to share power and wealth of a six year period.

The deal culminates with a referendum in January, which most observers expect will see the south vote to secede from the north.

Atem asked the public and particularly those pursuing education at both higher and lower learning institutions to exercise patience saying South Sudan needs time to ensure that all its schools reach the required international standards.

’’We need time to make our schools first class and this is a slow process. Rome was not built in one day,’’ Atem told the gathering of students.

The senior official noted that contribution of the private sector in ensuring the delivery of good quality education in the region was paramount, adding that there was no developing country that could afford to run the education sector alone without collaborating with the private sector as well as local communities.

’’It is for this purpose that the governments introduced and launched go to school initiative in 2006 in order to address critical issues in education such as access to quality education and equitable education in terms of gender, geographical areas and ability to pay for education,’’ said Atem

The advisor said a lot of achievements had been realized after the implementation of the initiative by the ministry of education through involvement of UNICEF. He said that the ministry aims to improve the quality of education provision and infrastructure, provide teaching and learning materials and build of science laboratories and libraries.

He also said that the government has finalized an intensive internet education programs aiming at ensuring that information and communication technology is integrated in the teaching and learning process in all public and private schools.

’’But these projects cannot be undertaken by the government without the help of the private sector and non-governmental organizations,’’ he said.

He thanked leaders and institutions of the government of south Sudan for cooperation in the establishment of the schools.

’’Establishing the schools in this region can be successful without joined efforts, especially the ministry of finance in releasing funds for construction of schools”.

(ST)

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  • 7 December 2010 09:06, by Madut Tong

    Mr. Director,

    this is a right direction to invite private sectors to contribute into the quality of education in South Sudan. this in my view is what we crucially need. And as our people are busy registering and waiting for referendum to take place let’s not loss vision of establishing quality education, which is the hope of our nation. so, keep it up, encourage different private sectors, individuals who have educational passion.

    and thanks ... South Sudan Oyee... educational sector Oyee...

    Madut

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    • 7 December 2010 19:56, by Malish Martin

      Dear Director,

      I am not convinced with your call for provision of "quality education" for South Sudan. As an educationist, quality Education is not measured by numbers of any of the four basic elements( the teacher, the Student/pupil, the learning materials and the learning environment) I am personelly disappointed that South Sudan as a young nation is following in the footsteps of failed educational systems in much of Africa! Let me inform you Mr Director that the education system in Uganda, Kenya and much of africa is colonial in nature and not worthy of emulation! reforms have long been called upon in almost all of the major african countries incliding Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa to mention. I believe that South Sudan has the best opportunity in the world today to get started in the right path by first of all developing a curriculum that is relevant to our south sudan Situation-this is not an easy task but requires individuals with determination who agrees that the educational systems we went through did not serve us right and therefore we want the next generation to get the best.
      What makes a nation develop faster is its educational system. we need a practical educational system that does not produce job seekers but job creators, a quality education system makes sure that leaners are useful in any stage of their learning and should they dropout for what ever reason, they can still go on leaving usefully in the society, a quality educational system is one that connects learning to the environment in which the learner lives and is 80% practical and 20% theoretical, quality education is one that produces civil servants that are corruption free and work loving.
      I request you Mr. Director to turn your attention to why most African countries are calling for reforms in their educational system? and use that to do something better for South Sudan. I wish I am in your position I would have used it to come up with the best educational system in the world.

      martinmalish@yahoo.co.uk 0955059486

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    • 7 December 2010 20:20, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Well done Mr Atem!

      The youngsters of the new nation produced by CPA as well as referendum need further education from the government. It’s convincing to hear that there will be institutions both from government and the private sectors.

      It’s a mattter of keeping promise and implemeneting it so that New Sudan becomes full of educated ones inorder to ease the cuurent situations.

      Most of us are stuck without go-ahead to education as poverety has conquered the families.

      We hope to have fair criteria for scholarship that even reaches students from remote areas as they dwell there waiting for further studies.

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  • 7 December 2010 22:31, by Thongjang Thongjang

    We don’t need private school? Because the children who last their fathers during the war the get excluded! Which will create another problem can divide us again please? I think after 15 yrs would be better! Rabbi Thongjang Thongjang.

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  • 8 December 2010 08:00, by Peter Elia Kuzee

    SIR,
    Iam not convince with your wards,
    Can you tell the people of south, FREE EDUCATION FOR OUR KIDS?
    FREE MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR SOUTHERNS?

    Both of you EDUCATION AND HEALTH MINISTER are just bilding god houses and morden cars are yours.
    Make sure things will change anytime.

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