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

South Sudan’s 2018 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 as 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.

After five years of a brutal civil war which has displaced millions of people, a September 2018 peace accord shows signs of hope as South Sudan begins the long road toward reconstruction.

To assist in these efforts, a new school is being built in one of the most peaceful regions of South Sudan: Rumbek.  Lasallian around the world are supporting this effort to benefit underserved yet motivated and capable children.  Stemming from discussions with the Loretto Sisters (Institute for the Blessed Virgin Mary) of Ireland who currently conduct a school in Rumbek, the De La Salle Brothers are constructing a new La Salle Secondary School for males. While the Sisters’ facilities are currently being shared,  upon construction completion the Loretto school will be entirely for females and the Lasalle school for males.  Separate gender schools are the Ministry of Education’s preferred option for instruction.  Classes for La Salle Secondary School will start in February 2019.

The De La Salle Brothers and their lay Partners 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.)

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