To invest in people, prioritise education

January 24, 2023 9:54 am

Happy International Day of Education 2023!

Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) takes this opportunity to join the rest of the world to celebrate this day under the theme, ‘to invest in people, prioritise education’.
Since 2019, the International Day of Education has been celebrated annually on the 24th of January. This year’s International Day of Education provides a platform to showcase the most important transformations that have to be nurtured to realise everyone’s fundamental right to education.
Along the theme, “to invest in people, prioritise education”, GESS is investing in schoolteachers who have not completed their secondary education by providing an Accelerated Secondary Education Programme (ASEP). ASEP allows primary school teachers to complete their secondary education in a condensed way (two years instead of four), and sit for the final secondary school examinations.

The ASEP programme gives primary school teachers the opportunity to reach higher professional levels through joining teacher training colleges after finishing the two- year course.

South Sudan still suffers from a shortage of professional teachers, with the few who are qualified opting for jobs in other sectors in search of better pay. The ASEP programme will boost the number of qualified professionals in the sector. “The ASEP programme is very important because it is capacity building for those who have not been able to complete their education. This helps them to become better teachers because a person who has completed secondary education will definitely provide better lessons to the learners than one who has not”, Peter Gum an ASEP teacher in Unity state.

The ASEP programme is one of the elements of the GESS programme that shows the investment in human capital. Peter continued, “I am a teacher myself and I know that the ASEP programme will improve the quality of teaching and learning. When a primary teacher completes secondary education, he automatically becomes better. For those who are willing to become professionals, they can continue to upgrade after this programme. Completing the ASEP is a great step for all those who have enrolled”.

On this International Day of Education, GESS is pleased to report that the ASEP programme is supporting 2,500 individuals in 51 centres across South Sudan, with 50 learners per centre.
“To invest in people, prioritize education”.

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