|New facilities for primary schools to help battle educational emergency in South Sudan|
On Wednesday, April 4, an official ceremony marked AVSI’s handing over of newly constructed additions to three primary schools to the South Sudan Ministry of General Education and Instruction. The extensions consisted of four classrooms and administrative offices for Torit West School and sanitary facilities for St. Theresa and Torit East Schools.
The interventions were completed by AVSI in collaboration with UNHCR, with funding from the Italian Development Cooperation through a project that aimed to respond to the urgent education emergency in the area, where a lack of teaching quality, low attendance levels and the rarity or total lack of scholastic structures are common challenges.
At the three schools, the AVSI staff and representatives of Eastern Equatoria State Ministry of Education met together with Fabio Melloni, Italian Development Cooperation Director for Ethiopia, Djibouti and South Sudan, along with a delegation from UNHCR. Also present were the students of each of the schools, which at Torit East number over 2,000.
The visit, which took place during this critical time of transition for the new country, was a sign of Italy’s continued commitment to continue partnership with the South Sudanese government as the country is one of the Italian Development Cooperation’s priority countries. The representatives of the State Ministry of Education also took the opportunity to express their appreciation of the collaboration with AVSI.
In addition to the schools in Torit, AVSI also supports 4 primary schools and a secondary school in neighboring Ikotos County, where AVSI has helped to build classrooms, offices and sanitary facilities, provide scholastic materials, provide trainings and support for teachers among other activities to benefit over 1,600 students.