South Sudan has the lowest access to education than any other country in the world, with only 20% of children enrolling at primary school and less than 2% completing primary education. For girls, this figure is less than 1%. As a result, 92% of southern Sudanese women and 80% of men are illiterate.

The need is huge: for new school buildings, trained teachers and support for the poorest families and orphans created by one of the most devastating wars in modern history. But the newly created country of South Sudan is desperately poor.  Education is a priority for the new Government but they simply don’t have the resources to meet the huge demands.  The government are reliant on agencies and the church to help fill the void, which is why EJT is working in partnership with the Episcopal Church of Sudan to build schools and train teachers.

Children playing outside St Josephs