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Project information

Quality in Secondary Education (QISE)

QISE is a three year programme which aims to improve and deliver quality standard secondary education from branch to root levels across four regions in South Sudan; Juba, Yambio, Rumbek and Panyagor.

March 2012 - February 2015

Charity information: Africa Educational Trust

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  • Need


    Prolonged conflict left South Sudan with one of the most under-resourced and underdeveloped education systems in the world. As a result, young people especially girls, face particular challenges in accessing and completing secondary school. In 2010, only 4.2% of children and young adults were attending secondary school. Among the key factors influencing drop out is the lack of trained teachers, with only 26% of secondary teachers qualified and many of these non-Sudanese.


    The project builds on the success of its pilot (2008-2011) and will provide long distance university education for 60 untrained secondary school teachers, of which 20 will be women, to ensure:
    - Improved quality of teaching in secondary schools
    - Improved access for girls to train as teachers
    - Greater confidence of secondary school teachers though improved skills
    - Increased standing of secondary education within the community
    - Improved capacity of Ministry of Education

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve educational and employment opportunities for vulnerable young people affected by conflict


    » Distance learning for untrained practicing Maths and English teachers, so student teachers can continue work whilst gaining skills and qualifications.

    What success will look like

    Over the 3 years, each teacher will help up to 400 young people to obtain a better quality secondary education

    Aim 2

    To improve the quality of teaching and learning in secondary schools


    » Student teachers receive direct teaching methodologies and practices through assigned mentors and tutors so they can improve the quality of lessons

    What success will look like

    Success will be shown by improved teaching standards from lesson observations by tutors

    Aim 3

    To improve counseling and career guidance for young people


    » Student teachers study special modules so they develop in school support service to provide guidance to pupils.

    What success will look like

    Success will be shown by an increase in the number of students who can identify career options relevant to their skills.

    Aim 4

    To increase the number of trained female teachers in secondary schools


    » Provide pre-courses for 60 girls in English language and study skills and select the best graduates for the teacher training programme

    What success will look like

    Success will be shown by increased ability to measure teaching standards and provide training

  • Impact


    Teachers will be trained to provide a higher quality education along with advice and support to help young people access further education/training or employment, helping to bridge the gap between school and work. Success will be demonstrated by the ability to expand the training course and develop materials that can be easily accessed across secondary schools in South Sudan.


    Downsizing of secondary schools could see some teachers out of work, however AET works closely with the State Ministries to ensure QISE students can continue practicing.


    Quarterly or six-monthly reports will be sent to donors, depending on preference, including updates on activities, project progress and expenditure.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Tutor training Residential and weekly training of local tutors
      £1,500 Materials Provision of materials for pre-course for girls
      £1,500 Tutor salaries Local tutor salaries to provide pre-course for girls in four locations
      £6,000 University costs Contribution to university of 20 female teachers
  • Background


    South Sudan has been affected by over 20 years of conflict, leaving it with one of the most deprived and under-resourced education systems in the world. During the war, teacher training institutes closed and high drop out rates resulted from poor quality teaching. With South Sudan approaching independence, it is vital to create a better educated workforce by addressing the education gap at secondary level.


    Up to 60untrained teachers will qualify as trained Maths or English teachers. Over the 3 years these teachers will be able to provide a better quality and more supportive education to up to 20,000 secondary school students who have been affected by conflict.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Founded in 1958 on the principle that ‘education is the key to development’, AET has built up a strong reputation and has achieved strong working relationships with the Government of South Sudan. AET develops innovative solutions to complex problems, and QISE is the only training course available for secondary teachers in South Sudan. As a small charity with minimal administration costs, donors can be sure that their funding will make a real difference to people's lives

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sara Cottingham

    AET's Director has a wealth of experience managing education projects in Africa and will maintain overall responsibility for the project.

QISE student

QISE student