Why offer practical support to schools, teachers and education managers?
Practical support to schools, teachers and education managers is necessary because the quality of education in South Sudan is very poor. The quality of education is impacted by a number of factors including the consistent loss of instructional time; long distances to schools particularly in rural areas; regular teacher and student absenteeism; a shortage of trained teachers (in 2012 only 47% of primary teachers and 57% of secondary teachers were trained); and a general lack of adequate teaching and learning materials.
As of 2012, only 36% of pupils enrolled in upper primary are girls, whilst less than one third of secondary students and only one in ten secondary school teachers are female. Drop-out rates across the education system are high, particularly between P1-P2 and P4-P5, and then going into secondary school. In 2016, 128,000 girls started primary school, but only 2,700 completed secondary school. GESS is determined to change this, so that all girls can go to school, stay in school and achieve in school.
What will be the impact?
By GESS offering practical support to schools, teachers and education managers the programme intends to improve the quality of education, to decrease drop-out and repetition rates and improve learning outcomes at primary school and secondary school levels.
How practical support to schools, teachers and education manage be done?
GESS practical support to schools, teachers and education managers will be realised through five strategies:
Enhanced & Effective School Governance: effective community and parental engagement in school governance can play a significant role in enhancing the effectiveness of operations, teaching and learning. GESS aims to create and support effective and functional school governing bodies leading the school development process.
Effective & Supportive Supervision at School & Payam Level: effective learning in schools requires teachers to work effectively across a range of areas. GESS aims contribute to improving this aspect by capacitating Payam School Supervisors to effectively support schools.
Appropriate School-based Teacher Professional Development Training: efforts to improve education quality ultimately come down to the quality of the interaction between teachers and students. GESS aims to improve the quality of education by empowering teachers to deliver quality lessons and effective learning processes.
School-based Mentoring for Girls: in South Sudan currently only one girl in ten completes primary education and existing research suggests that there are a range of barriers preventing girls from attending and completing school. In order to address this GESS has developed a comprehensive school-based mentoring programme in order to increase access, retention and completion of girls.
Use of Appropriate Teaching & Learning Materials: at present the availability of learning and teaching materials in primary and secondary schools is uneven and overall extremely inadequate. We are addressing this by ensuring that students and teachers have access to, and are effectively using, appropriate teaching and learning materials.