SSD 28 - SUPPORT FOR KOOTH COMBONI KINDERGARTEN
Cueibet is located in Lakes State, which has a very low level of education, the worst of all districts in a country that has an 85% illiteracy rate and where girls have the least chance of finishing school.
Kooth Comboni is a kindergarten located in the premises of the Teacher Training College of the Jesuit community. The main objective of this school is to offer quality education and human training to the young people of the Dinka Gok community in which we live, as well as to provide an opportunity for the College's student teachers to practise teaching.
The kindergarten started in 2020. The school has no classrooms but two temporary shelters to accommodate 120 children. The age of the children was 6 to 12 years old, because the culture does not believe in education for young children. This year, with the help of teachers who made people aware of the importance of basic education for their children, we started to register 4 to 5 year olds.
Convincing them was not easy, but we managed to get a good number to start with, but the parents refused to pay school fees for them saying that what we have we pay for the big children not the little ones, so we have to put a small amount towards the fees. This amount does not help us to give a decent salary to the teachers and cooks or to buy the necessary stationery. We have two cooks and a cleaner. The teaching staff consists of three teachers, two females and one male.
At the same time, the school lacks teaching materials to facilitate effective learning and teaching that cannot be covered by the parents' income. The school has essential facilities such as a kitchen, a borehole, two containers that serve as storage rooms and two pit latrines. With the help of two organisations we manage to provide a meal for the children every day and the community contributes firewood for cooking.
- To ensure that teachers have a decent salary as support and encouragement, so they will work better and be happy to be kindergarten teachers
- To guarantee quality education for the children of Cueibet
Direct: 150 children and 7 teachers
Indirect: the families and the community
Referent sister for the project: Sr. Rita Romany