South Sudan: Construction almost completed on new high school in Rumbek.

South Sudan’s 2018 academic report card showed lots of failures.  With only one-third of the country literate and less than 5% of eligible youth attending high school, the country ranked as the most educationally-challenged in the world. To address this situation and train the next generation of leaders, a new high school is nearing completion in Rumbek, South Sudan.

After collapsing back and forth into civil wars for decades and the displacement of millions of people, a September 2018 peace accord shows measured signs of hope as South Sudan begins the long road toward reconstruction.

To assist in these efforts, a new school’s construction is nearing competion (see pictures here) in one of the most peaceful regions of South Sudan: Rumbek.  Lasallians around the world supported this effort to benefit under-served yet motivated and capable children.  Stemming from discussions with the Loretto Sisters (Institute for the Blessed Virgin Mary) of Ireland who currently conduct a girls school in Rumbek, the De La Salle Brothers have constructed a new La Salle Secondary School for males. 

With construction almost completed, the De La Salle Brothers and their lay Partners are equipping a brand-new school to host a capacity of 320 pupils on 48 hectares of land donated to the school by local chiefs. Additionally, to ensure consistent and quality instruction, advanced teacher training is being 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 library books, teacher’s resources and expendables (books, paper, etc.)

                                                                                                 [Photos courtesy of Paul Jeffrey and Laura Ballerini]

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