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by Michael Ford last modified 08 Dec, 2015 12:48 PM

Find out how donations can help us fund education & theological education initiatives in Sudan & South Sudan...

Where Does the Money We Spend Come From?
  • Parochial giving (from churches and organisations in the diocese)
  • Private donations
  • Services where a Bishop presides (such as confirmations)

What Do We Support?

We are charged with supporting the following:-

  • Theological education—this means in the 5 Provincial theological colleges, and the theological education by extension programme (TEE).
  • Education in ECSSS schools.
  • Youth work.

Learn About the Five ECSSS Provincial Theological Colleges - click on the links below 

Bishop Ngalamu College - Mundri
Bishop Shokai College - Omdurman
Bishop Allison College – Arua
Renk College – Renk
New Bishop Gwynne College - Juba

How do we do this?

Theological education – our focus is on supporting the 5 Provincial Theological Colleges to either gain, or maintain, accreditation to the diploma course from St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya. Bishop Gwynne College in Juba is now in its second year of teaching the Limuru Diploma. It is essential that the growing church in Sudan has well qualified priests who are also leaders within their own communities.

Education in ECSSS schools – There is a huge demand for more schools to meet the needs of both Basic (Primary) and secondary age children. As a Link we cannot fund the building of schools, or the salaries of staff. What we can do is to support teacher training in order to ensure that those who do receive schooling are being taught by qualified teachers.

We also actively encourage, and support, links between our own diocesan schools and ECSSS schools.

In May 2013 the education committee visited to Yei to carry out training for the Diocesan Education Co-ordinators, more information can be found here.  

A team from the UK visited Juba in July 2013 to run Science Teachers Training.  The latest newsletter with details of the visit can be found here.

On 19th October 2013 Baroness Caroline Cox officially opened the girls dorm at Juba Diocesan Model Secondary School; photos from the event can be found here.

Teacher Training 2012                          Science workshop - Gerry mentoring

Youth work – we focus on two specific projects to support youth work within Sudan.
- One is to give money to SOMA to enable a regional youth leaders conference / workshop to take place annually in South Sudan. We also try to encourage one or two people from  our diocese to attend these conferences.
- The other is to bring two Sudanese youth leaders to the Salisbury diocese for a period of up to six months every two years. Visa restrictions have prevented this happening for the last two years but we will resume this project when the visa issue has been resolved.

Our budget for 2014 wa as follows:-

  • ECSSS schools for their training programme                                    £12,000
  • Theological colleges                                                                               £13,500
  • SOMA (youth leader training)                                                                  £  3,000
  • Theological commission meeting (rolled over from 2013)              £  2,500
  • Two visiting lecturers for ANTC, Mundri                                                £  3,000
  • Yei training course for DEC's (add to the Jerusalem Trust Grant)  £  2,000
  • Bishop Andudu (bible college staff salaries - year 3)                        £  1,680
                                                                                                                          £37,680

How do We Prioritise Where our Support Should be Directed?

We do not decide what the priorities should be. The Sudan Link is, above all, a partnership. We work with the two ECSSS commissions (theological and education) in deciding what we, together, feel are the most relevant areas to support. We are not the only partners working with the ECSSS so it is essential that we decide together where we can be most effective with the resources at our disposal.

Each year, John Foster (ed. Comm. chair) attends the theological commission conference which brings together the five Provincial colleges. This is an ideal opportunity to discuss needs and priorities. During that visit John also meets with the education commission to engage in a similar discussion.

If you would like to donate to the work of the Education Link please click here.


Education Link News: The Latest from John Foster


This is proving to be a difficult year. A number of our initiatives have been affected  as a result of the stance taken by the ECSS and S over same sex issues. In practice this means that we are not able to send two priests to the theological college in Mundri in October to support them in their teaching. The planned second week of training for DEC’s in October has also been cancelled. At present it is not clear whether the funding allocated for the schools programme will be accepted.

On a brighter note I am able to report that Bishop Alison Theological College , which we have supported over many years, will be returning from Arua to Yei as a  diocesan college rather than a Provincial college. Bishop Hilary of Yei has established a new Board of Governors and provisional Principal to oversee this transfer, and its re-establishment in Yei. A significant decision is that the Province will meet all outstanding debts of the old college.

 

Another piece of good news is that progress is being made with the establishment of an ECSS and S university. There is a project committee in Juba with Joseph Bilal as the Project Manager, and a support committee within the UK which now has charitable status.

John Foster


Contact:
Sudan Secretary
sudan.secretary@salisbury.anglican.org
01722 411922
Fax: 01722 411990

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