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First technical college opens in war-torn South Sudan

Students of Juba Technical High School take part in a learning session.PHOTO: Plan staff
Students of Juba Technical High School take part in a learning session.

PHOTO: Plan staff
September 17, 2010

This week, a five-year Plan project finishes with the opening of a technical college to a generation of youth looking for new opportunities after being paralyzed by two decades of civil war, widespread unemployment, and lack of workable skills.

“I am lucky to be enrolled,” says Isaah, a 21-year-old electronics student. "This school will provide an opportunity for many unemployed youths, most of them former child soldiers, to acquire skills that will enable them to play a meaningful role in the future of our country.”


New opportunities for Sudan youth

The groundbreaking multi-million dollar landmark Juba Technical High School came about as a result of two independent feasibility studies that found professional skills training for young people is an essential part of the recovery process, on the road to peace.

With that knowledge, and the cooperation of the South Sudan government, Plan saw an opportunity to offer the young people of war-torn Sudan the chance at a better life through education and skills training at a specialized facility.

The students come from marginalized communities and include former child soldiers. With Plan’s support, the technical college is fully equipped with computers, electronics labs, workshops and a library. There are also separate washrooms for teachers, boys and girls.


Education is the road to peace

“Technical education is a serious priority for development because it plays an important role in securing peace and sustainable recovery in a country ravaged by civil warfare,” says Fikru Abebe, Plan International’s Director for Southern Sudan.

“Skills training will provide the much needed skills for a country whose economy and infrastructure has been battered by more than twenty years of war.”

Plan hopes to replicate this school project in other parts of the country, and is working with local partners, in the private and public sector, to facilitate post-grad employment opportunities within communities.

Learn more about Plan's work in Sudan.


 cletus oseloka ugoabunwa February 14, 2012 5:55 AM
You are a God sent to this newest country in the world.Technical education in its entirety made countries like China ,Germany great..if given the opportunity l would love to teach sculpture in this great school..l am a Nigerian and a fine art graduate,presently living in Benghazi libya...God Bless Africa.
Cletus Ugoabunwa
 justsu June 22, 2012 4:59 AM
i may be of some value to this school teaching engineering mathematics. Am currently in juba