Teacher training

Jesus was an outstanding teacher. And at its Teacher Training College, Solidarity with South Sudan prepares primary school teachers to follow His example. The Solidarity Teacher Training College (STTC) compound is an oasis of tranquillity and hard work. The College buildings include six classrooms, offices for the College Principal and tutors, a well-stocked library and modern computer laboratory, and a semi-outdoor assembly area.

All 122 students are resident, so the College provides dormitory accommodation and dining facilities, as well as laundry and recreation areas. The tutors’ Community House and the College Chapel are inside the compound, which is surrounded by a security wall with a guard house at the gate.

The Solidarity community at Yambio, the capital of Western Equatoria State, is international and inter-congregational, composed of men and women religious from six different countries. All community members tutor at the College. They are accompanied by lay volunteers from all over the world, as well as tutors from South Sudan and other African countries.

The South Sudan Teacher Training curriculum requires that the following subjects be taught: Professional Studies, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Christian Religious Education, Physical and Health Education, Arts and Music.

Teacher trainees follow a prescribed two-year programme of study (according to the New National Curriculum in force from 2020), culminating in comprehensive exams and a nationally recognised Certificate in Primary Teaching. Graduates then have two month-long experiences of teaching practice in one of the many primary schools around Yambio.

Extra-curricular activities include music and art workshops. An extensive selection of reference and curriculum books is available to help students with their assignments and course requirements.

The student teachers come from all over South Sudan and the Nuba Mountains. 35% of them are young women. Hopefully this percentage will increase in the coming years with rising awareness in the country of the vital importance of girl child education.

The student community at STTC is a microcosm of the nation that is South Sudan. As such, it works hard to build peaceful relations between tribal groups within the College. The international community of tutors also provides a model of peaceful living and working together.

To date, over 300 primary school teachers have graduated from the pre-service training programme. 70% of these graduates are currently employed in the education sector. Many of them have returned to serve in their home communities. Solidarity with South Sudan also sponsors selected graduates of STTC to study for Bachelor of Education degrees in Kenya. Once they complete their studies, these graduates will return, and themselves becomes tutors at STTC in Yambio for at least four years.

In addition, a new one-year Diploma programme, which will further elevate the qualification of the STTC diploma, will be launched next June 2022 with an initial intake of 20 graduates who have already completed the two-year basic curriculum.

MARK 6:2

With the coming of the Sabbath, He began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard Him.

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teachers have graduated since 2013

72%

of STTC graduates are currently employed

28.9%

of South Sudanese women are literate

35%

of current STTC students are women

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graduates are sent every year to study for a master's degree, after which they will join the STTC team as tutors.

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