NEWTON, MA | October 27, 2011
The U.S. Agency for International Development has selected EDC to implement a professional development program for more than 7,000 teachers in South Sudan, the world’s newest nation. EDC has been awarded $30 million over three years to manage the South Sudan Teacher Education Program (SSTEP), which was created to strengthen the nation’s primary education system after decades of political strife and civil war.
Building on EDC’s decades of experience in strengthening teaching and learning, the new program will assist the Ministry of Education to enhance teacher performance through rigorous training, certification, and ongoing supervision. EDC will develop a teacher training curriculum and work to address gender discrimination throughout the education system.
“With this new program, we will be helping to build the capacity of the Ministry of Education in South Sudan,” said EDC Vice President and Regional Director Kent Noel. “We will focus not only on training teachers, but on developing training manuals and certification requirements for new teachers into the future.”
About 250,000 early-grade readers and other teaching/learning materials in English, math, and science will be distributed over the course of the program. EDC will implement the project in partnership with Winrock International and other partners.
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Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that designs, delivers, and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic opportunity. EDC creates and manages 350 projects in 35 countries. Visit www.edc.org.