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 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 is currently 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 girls school in Rumbek, the De La Salle Brothers are constructing a new La Salle Secondary School for males. Classes for La Salle Secondary School started in February 2019.

The De La Salle Brothers and their lay Partners are equipping 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, 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 construction, equipment, and resourcing (library books, desks, blackboards, etc.)

                                                                                                 [Photos courtesy of Paul Jeffrey and Laura Ballerini]

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