China-Aided Phase II Technical project launched

China-Aided Phase II Technical project launched

The Ministry of General Education and Instruction, together with the Chinese government, launched the China-aided Phase II Technical Cooperation Project in Education in Juba yesterday.

The project is aimed at improving the educational environment in South Sudan and building a comprehensive development system for modern education.

The project’s primary objectives include the compilation and printing of primary school textbooks in the subjects of English, Mathematics, and Science. These include the printing of secondary textbooks, the capacity building of teachers and educational management personnel, the development and supply of a textbook usage evaluation system, the supply of teaching equipment, and carrying out Chinese Language and Cultural exchange programs.

The project will be carried out by the Shanghai Educational Publishing House, a leading educational press in China.

Since its establishment in 1958, the publishing house has taken on the mission of “serving education, enlightening wisdom, spreading culture, and educating people” as its mission.

It has delivered a great number of outstanding services for school education, social studies, educational capacity building, etc.

The official launch was attended by Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, Vice President for Service Delivery Cluster, Awut Deng Acuil, Minister of General Education and Instruction, among other national ministers and  Ambassador of China to South Sudan, Economic and Commercial Counsellor, and other officials from the embassy.

Speaking at the event, Mr Abdelbagi applauded China for its support of the country’s education sector and emphasised the government’s concern and determination to invest in the education sector to pave the way for a better future.

Awut Deng Acuil, the Minister of General Education and Instruction, shared her concerns and expectations for the support of the education sector, adding that the ministry remains committed to demanding consultation and support from the service provider in the process of the implementation.

Miao Hongcai, the president of the Chinese service provider, sent his commitment to the program’s implementation via virtual connection, as well as his passion and willingness to make additional contributions to the innovation and modernization of South Sudan’s educational sector.

The Chinese Ambassador to Juba, Hua Ning, emphasized the importance of education in national development, saying that talents are essential in all development agendas.

He also stated that the Chinese government is committed to bilateral relations with the government of South Sudan and is eager to share its developing experiences with its South Sudanese counterparts.

The Ministry of Commerce of China and the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office, the Chinese Embassy to South Sudan, have already dispatched an engagement team to Juba, South Sudan.

The team has been coordinating their understanding and communication with the Ministry of General Education and Instruction for the initiation and implementation of the project.

The three-year China-aided education program seeks to strengthen South Sudan’s education sector through capacity building for education officials and the printing of textbooks for use in schools.

The publishing house has already organised a team of experts with the highest level in China to compile textbooks for primary-school English, mathematics, and science for South Sudan.

In addition, the engagement team has also started the Chinese Language Programs after renovating the facilities of the Chinese Language Learning Center with full commitment and assistance from the Ministry of General Education and Instruction of South Sudan.