Improving the quality of education is the aim of the project “Support to primary education in South Sudan” implemented by AVSI and funded by the United Nations Office for Project Services through Italian Cooperation’s funds. The project involves four primary schools in the Eastern Equatoria area (Panyikwara Model p.s. Magwi County, Lofi p.s., Ikotos County, Iluhum p.s., Torit County and Kotome p.s., Kapoeta South County).On December 6th -7th , UNOPS delegation visited two of the schools supported by the project: Iluhum and Panyakwara. The delegation was welcomed with traditional children’s songs and Ms. Sunita Pitamber, UNOPS Regional Director for African countries, participated in some of the activities.
The project includes the construction of new facilities funded by UNOPS as well as several activities carried out by AVSI such as support to teachers, training courses for parents and teachers, creation of school gardens (to allow children to have lunch at school), production of reusable sanitary pads made with local materials (in order to reduce the high rates of absenteeism among schoolgirls), campaign to raise community awareness on the importance of education and girls’ right to education.
UNOPS Regional Director showed a great interest for AVSI’s work and the success of the project due to the deep involvement of teachers and the community as a whole.
Education is a cross cutting issue in AVSI’s activities, about 70% of all AVSI’s projects globally are focused on the area of social development and education and its educational focus is also evident across other sectors, rather than taking a simple charity approach of handouts or delivering of services, AVSI values engagement of the person and the personal process of learning from past experiences and becoming ambitious in front of his/her life and future.
AVSI’s educational projects – some figures:90.000 children per year and their families globally reached
7.000 children involved in early childhood educational projects
about 4.000 children supported by a network of nursery schools in Brazil
500 preschool-aged children and their families involved in the Prescolar en la Casa (Pelca) program, in Ecuador
20.000 young people involved in non-formal educational programs in different countries each year
15.000 children and youth supported inDemocratic Republic of Congo and in Haiti through the rebuilding of school facilities
about 5.000 children and youth supported in primary and secondary formal schools by paying teachers and management support (Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Paraguay, Nigeria)
about 8.000 vulnerable children supported in Haiti, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda
over 5.000 young people per year involved in vocational training and youth work in Brazil, Argentina, Romania, Uganda and Kenya
11 centers for training on communication and information technologies, specifically adapted for youth and adults with physical disabilities, implemented in Jordan
18.000 educators, teachers and social workers trained