South Sudan

What is Tearfund Ireland doing? – How are we responding?

The education system in South Sudan has been severely affected by more than 40 years of conflict, leading to low levels of access and quality of education.  According to the South Sudan Education Sector Analysis (2016), “school coverage rates in South Sudan remain well below the regional average with Gross Enrolment Rates (GER) of 10 per cent at the pre-primary level and 57 per cent at the primary level.” The education sector is critically under-resourced. Tearfund Ireland has committed to providing Education in Emergencies and strives to add value through capacity building. This is the first time that we have provided direct capacity building in the area of education in emergencies, an area that was earmarked as a potential pilot area in the strategic plan.

The Emmanuel Christian College is one of a few, if not the only teacher training college that is still operational in South Sudan. The campus of the Emmanuel Christian College was attacked, resulting in a number of staff deaths, and currently the college is operating in a rented compound. The College’s Principal, Daniel Ohide, remains steadfast in his mission, saying “the college wants to continue to enhance unity by making education accessible to all churches, people and tribes.” 


  • To build the capacity of teachers in South Sudan.  
  • To improve teaching methods by focusing on interactive and child-centred teaching. 
  • To develop course material and relevant teaching aids. 



  • A two-week training module was developed by a teacher-trainer based in Ireland to improve mathematics teaching in primary schools.
  • The training took place twice, and it is our hope that a tutor can be identified locally to facilitate the Numeracy Course in the future.
  • Feedback we received on the Teacher Training programme was extremely positive: “it was a great pleasure for our students to be recipient of Elke’s talent and life. She was indeed a great blessing” Daniel Ohide, Principal, ECC.
  • Of the 28 students that sat the numeracy assessment test at the end of the project, 23 achieved Grade A (≥80%), 4 achieved B+(≥70%) and 1 a B grade (≥60%).