EDUCATION in Boma, South Sudan
A kindergarten child, Nyanet, is reciting his alphabet with the help of his classmates. Nyanet and his brother are the first children in his family to attend school.
While there have been other schools functioning in Boma, none have had a substantial effect on the children. After meeting with the village chiefs and sharing with them our desire to help them build a school, their response was to give us 52 acres of land for this project.
We broke ground on the first two classrooms in November of 2006 and Faith Learning Center opened with 90 students in two classes, kindergarten and first grade, in January of 2008. Two additional classrooms were completed in 2009, two more in 2011 and another 3 in 2012 for a total of 9. Kindergarten classes were added to the school each year as classrooms were made available for older students to advance in grade. We have encouraged all girls to come to school and to complete their education.
After the conflict of 2013, SEA Partners needed to repair all classroom at a considerable cost. By God's grace, many donors gave generously to this project and we completed the repairs in September of 2015 and are providing an education to children in Boma, South Sudan.
Currently, we have grades K-7 with 150 students attending classes. Many students remain in Ethiopia and have not returned to Boma after the conflict in 2013. Our classes are taught by professional teachers from Kenya who enlists Sudanese assistants from Boma to learn alongside them and become trained to one-day take over the classrooms. Students are being taught primarily in English, which is now the lingua franca of South Sudan.
In 2016, we desired to reach grade 8 and then to evaluate the way forward. Due to the continued unrest in South Sudan, the parents of the 8th graders have asked SEA Partners to find foster parents in Kenya to continue their education. In, August 2016, generous donors provided the funds to provide this opportunioty for 10 8th grade students. We hope to help these children continue their education and this might be a catylist for their future service to South Sudan. We will continue to pray for God's guidance as we provide an education to children in Boma, South Sudan and to these children in Kenya.