A major education decision taken at Alfalit International’s headquarters in Miami, Florida, United States, has resulted in the announcement that it will expand the adult literacy program to South Sudan, Africa’s newest independent state.
The entity’s training coordinator in Liberia, Reverend Jerome Williams, said Liberia was selected to spearhead the Sudanese project “because she (Liberia) performed very well.”
In his recent visit to Liberia to assess progress, Alfalit International president Dr. Joseph Milton described the Liberia adult literacy program as excellent and a great model on the African continent.
Rev. Williams told the Daily Observer that the organization assessed South Sudan in 2015 and started a small program there.
“When our headquarters saw the need and situation in South Sudan, we decided to intervene in the area of education especially the adult literacy component,” Rev. Williams said.
Alfalit International is operating in 24 countries around the world and Liberia was selected as a case study to carry out the South Sudan program.
Based on Liberia’s ability to perform to expectation, a team was organized and sent to South Sudan.
“We have recruited and are providing training for the teachers and helping to set up our adult literacy centers and classes and organizing our administrative and field structures in South Sudan,” Rev. Williams said.
He said the entity has established 20 centers in four provinces in South Sudan, and “although there are challenges, the program will run smoothly.”
“I went to South Sudan three times and was based in Nairobi, Kenya, and Kampala, Uganda, owing to the fact that those cities are safe havens for the South Sudan adult literacy program,” Rev. Williams indicated.
He said during his initial tour of duty in South Sudan, he realized that the new country was in transition from speaking Arabic to the English language.
Rev. Williams said to date there are 300 adult literacy learners, mainly women, of varying ages in the country.
He said, with South Sudan being a crisis torn country, the women, especially the school dropouts, are eager and excited to read and write in English.
He also disclosed that the program has recruited three field coordinators, who are carrying out monitoring and supervision of the adult literacy program.
Rev. Williams said the exercise to ship books and other instructional materials to South Sudan is organized by the Alfalit International head offices in the USA, while the United Methodist Church there is facilitating the process.
He has meanwhile appealed to donors and other partners to seriously consider the South Sudan project.