South Sudan: To build a nation, start one high school at a time.

South Sudan’s 2017 academic report card shows lots of failures.  With only one-third of the country literate and less than 5% of eligible youth currently attending high school, the country ranks among the most educationally-challenged in the world. To address this situation and train the next generation of leaders, a new high school is being constructed in Rumbek, South Sudan.

Despite the continuing challenges of war,  a new school is being constructed in one of the most peaceful regions of South Sudan: Rumbek.  La Salle International is supporting this effort to benefit underserved yet motivated and capable children.  Teaming with the Loretto Sisters (Institute for the Blessed Virgin Mary) of Ireland who currently conduct a co-educational school in Rumbek, the De La Salle Brothers will be constructing nearby a new La Salle Secondary School for males.  Upon completion, the Loretto school will be entirely for females; separate gender schools is the Ministry of Education’s preferred option. Classes for La Salle Secondary School will start April 2019 in the Loretto Sisters’ existing facilities which will be used temporarily while the new school is under construction.

The De La Salle Brothers will provide and equip a brand-new school to host 320 pupils in the next three years on 48 hectares of land donated to the school by local chiefs. Additionally, to ensure consistent and quality instruction, the advanced teacher training will be provided to 24 local secondary school teachers.

Thanks to its holistic approach which integrates child rights, trauma counseling, and relevant education providing students with necessary academic skills, La Salle Secondary School represents a beacon of hope for youth and the community.

Contributions to this project will be put towards the school’s construction, equipment, and resourcing (library books, desks, blackboards, etc.)

[Photos courtesy of Paul Jeffrey]

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