This is Siefeldin. He is a GESS County Education Officer, based in Renk County. He is taking part in ongoing training in Juba and took some time out to speak to us about the training and his role in the GESS programme.
“I am a teacher by profession. To direct schools in the right way of implementing this programme, and in getting supportive environment for learning for the people there. This is the overall part that I like about my work”
“Before the training I was expecting to have directions for the next period of activities this year. This workshop is about quality education. We have to enhance the performance of the government officials there (Renk County) by assisting them. We have touched upon the role of Payam Education Supervisors, implementing teachers’ code of conduct and so many other topics about the support of the government in gaining a conducive learning environment in our locations.”
“For example, in each school there is SMC or BoG – their role is to support management of the school to put in place a plan for school development and running the school daily and they will gain a year a productive academic year. So we were responsible with training these SMC/BoG members int heir roles. To let them know what they can do. We did very good job in that field because most of the members before they trained them they did not know their roles in the PTA, or other groups. But this tends their role and they have an active hand in running the school.”
“In a secondary school in Renk , the Board of Governors wasn’t aware of its role. When they understood their role and what they can contribute to the school they did a lot. The school was open but they have built a fence. The fence cost a lot because of the inflation, but they mobilised the community all by themselves, to contribute for that purpose and they succeeded in that. So I consider it one of the success stories.”
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