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Education Link

by Michael Ford last modified 21 Mar, 2018 09:21 AM

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.


March 2018: Ian Pinder is stepping down as the voluntary Chair of the Education Sub-committee. Expressions of interest are invited from those with an interest in South Sudan, with an education background and the experience to handle budgets.

March 2018: Grants were approved for:

  • Bishop Allison Theological College (£5,000)
  • Bishop Gwynne College (£5,000)
  • Bishop Yeremiah Theological College (£5,000)
  • SOMA Youth Leadership Workshops, Maridi (£2,000)
  • CRESS Agricultural Project (£3,000)

In May 2013 the education committee visited 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.

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, Ian Pinder (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 Ian 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.

Sudan Secretary
01722 411922
Fax: 01722 411990

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