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Hungry to learn

The students’ motivation in South Sudan is not satisfied due to a very poor educational system.

Children attend an English class in a small school in Maban region, South Sudan. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran
Children attend an English class in a small school in Maban region, South Sudan. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran

Hunger in South Sudan is a very popular truth. And the poor quality of education is another, surely not so well-known. A system that is based on a senseless repetition of words, where teachers do not show enough capacity and students do not have good education materials, it is sad to see the level of learning in classrooms ends up being insignificant, mostly in rural areas.

This is why the words from a young student from a very small school in Bunj, in Maban region, are really shocking:


– There are two things I really like in the school. – Which are? – Learning English, because I will be able to speak with foreigners who come to see us. – And the second? – This cup of sorghum I have in my hands.

It is overwhelming the motivation that children have to go to school. Apart from the desire to eat, they are hungry to know more and more. But if there is not a rapid and substantial improvement in educational resources and teachers’ capacity, the great opportunity of turning an entire generation into the hope of changing this country will be missed.

You can read more about it in an article recently published in SEGRE newspaper (in Catalan language).

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