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Upper Nile minister inspects textbooks in Juba

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May 24, 2013 (JUBA) - Approximately 720,000 textbooks and teacher guides destined for primary schools and learning centres located across Upper Nile state have arrived in South Sudan’s capital, Juba.

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Daniel Wuor Joak, Upper Nile states minister of education, science and technology inspecting continers of texts books in Juba, May 24, 2013 (photo Charles Kendall Partners)

The books are part of the national textbook distribution which began in December 2012, aims to provide educational materials to roundabout 4,600 schools in South Sudan.

Daniel Wuor Joak, Upper Nile state’s minister of education, science and technology, on Friday inspected around 30 containers of reading materials that are waiting to be transported to Malakal.

The books are funded by United Kingdom’s department for international development (DFID) and are an initiative of South Sudan’s ministry of general education and instruction.

A joint meeting was conducted on Friday with representatives of DFID, officials of Charles Kendal and Partners, the company tasked to distribute the reading materials and the managers of Speeding, the logistics company responsible for the transportation of the materials.

“Many of our schools don’t have suitable books and are in urgent need of the teaching materials”, minister Joak said at the meeting on Friday.

South Sudan has some of the worst literacy levels in the world, with the education system still recovering from years of civil war and neglect.

Many people accuse senior South Sudanese officials of sending their children abroad to study rather than focusing on improving the young country’s own education system.

Joak told officials from DFID and Charles Kendal and Partners that his ministry will restructure education in South Sudan, which became independent in July 2011.

In the future, he said, his ministry will focus on teacher training programmes and creating adequate facilities for schools.

The minister said he admired the quality of the books but warned that seasonal rains would make distributing the books difficult.

Minister Joak said his ministry will offer an assistance to keep the books safely in the state capital of Malakal before their transfer to the counties and payams [districts].

The minister took the opportunity to lobby DFID for assistance with teacher training programmes and the construction and renovation of school buildings in Upper Nile.

The textbooks are the first to have been written and designed by South Sudanese educationalists for South Sudanese children under the current national curriculum. A total of around 9.6 million books will be distributed across South Sudan.

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  • 25 May 2013 07:10, by kaci-banno

    shame on so called minister upper Nile state under Uneducated governor Simon Kun never build a strong education institution simply majority of handpicked leaders in upper Nile state know nothing about education. look! minister belly is like pregnant woman while children under his ministry going to school hungry everyday.aah who believe you, go to hell
    Kac-banno

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  • 25 May 2013 07:51, by Dau-network

    No abusive guys .minister is doing his best to know which quality of textbooks are they, before they arrived in his State.l think some people are addicted to criticism even when there is no needs !

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    • 25 May 2013 22:40, by panom lualbil

      HEY GUYS!
      What are sons of ANYAGATES going to learn in schools when certain of their parents n relatives were disagreeing with SPLA/M or government or history or civic? Are they going to set their EXAMS separat or what? For instance, who is the father of our nation? REIK? MARTYR GARANG? LAGO? ABEL? OMAR?

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      • 26 May 2013 04:36, by biotech

        Panom, your father of the nation is Riek Machar and that is what you need to know from today because every body else in the world knows this. So you will need to learn the history of south Sudan a new if you are already educated because you seem to be less informed.

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        • 26 May 2013 04:40, by biotech

          Good job uppernile and the good minister who is paying attention to details. Keep it up you are a good example to the leaders of south Sudan.

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          • 26 May 2013 21:59, by panom lualbil

            Any of NUEER who is able to read, write or speak at least few in English is a poison of his own people.

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