South Sudan has one of the lowest rates of adult literacy in the world at 27%. Education challenges include a concentration of students in the early grades; a high proportion of overage students, repetition, and dropout. With an estimated one million out-of-school children (more than half of all of the children), it is well documented that the children in South Sudan have some of the least access to primary education in the world.
- Only 37% of the population above the age of six has ever attended school.
- Only 44% of children are enrolled in Primary School and only 1.6% attend Secondary School. Children living in rural areas (like Terekeka) suffer the most – 58% are not enrolled in school.
- Retention is a significant issue – only about 1/3 of those who enroll in Primary School will complete school.
To assist under-performing students and help them succeed, a faction of Harvesters’ teachers have implemented one-on-one and small group student “interventions”. The teachers have volunteered for this initiative with a goal of giving all children the opportunity to have an education.
We know our loving Creator fashioned each child uniquely and at Harvesters we want to give each child an opportunity to succeed. We work hard to provide a comprehensive educational effort including Primary School, Secondary and Post-Secondary opportunities as well as vocational training.
Each of these areas provides a critical component to ensuring that our children will grow into mature followers of Christ with the skills to provide for themselves and their families. These are tough days in South Sudan but we are committed to this work God has called us to.
We thank you for your financial support which provides for these opportunities. Your investment is changing lives each day!