UNESCO and UNFPA supported a 10-day workshop early September, training curriculum developers, educators and teachers from the Ministry of Education Science and Technology on lifeskills and peacebuilding.
Lifeskills and peacebuilding education aims to provide knowledge and positive behaviours that enable individuals to make safe and effective decisions in the every-day demands and challenges in life. It is backed by a number of internationally approved frameworks including the recently launched South Sudan Curriculum framework.
“Developing materials for support is not an easy task and demands hard work,” said the Deputy Director in the education ministry, Mr. Scopas Lubang. “I would like to appreciate the support from the partners and Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports who spared their time and resources in developing the materials.”
The event brought together 26 selected curriculum developers, teacher educators, teachers from the Ministry of Education Science and Technology. Critical stakeholders who supported the process included UNICEF, Sports for Hope and Basic Education for Development Network (BEDN), Humanitarian Aid for Change and Transformation (HACT) among others.
The materials will guide educators and book writers from all fields to deliver education on topics such as personal development, social and citizenship, peace building education, healthy living, environment and entrepreneurship.
Six teams ensured content were finalised for pre-primary, upper and lower levels for both primary and secondary levels as well as for out of school youth. Cross cutting issues such as human rights, conflict sensitivity, gender and culture, HIV and AIDS, comprehensive sexuality education, and issues of disability were integrated into the materials.
This being the second phase of the exercise, the experts intended to finalise the activity which was started in May through UNICEF’s support.
Material development usually goes through several phases including creating content, teaching and then evaluating.
“The work is not complete,” commented, Castarina Lado, UNESCO programme officer during the closure of the workshop. “Both national and international experts will be consulted to ensure that the content is age appropriate, culturally sound in order develop the expected learning competencies and contribute to positive behavioural change among learners.”
In line with the context of South Sudan, the developed materials and curriculum intend to address the challenges faced by children and young people. Unlike previous curricula, teachers will employ child centred approaches to facilitate the development of psychosocial skills greatly needed to meet the demands and challenges of everyday life.
For more information or to coordinate an interview, please contact:
Castarina Lado, National Programme Officer
Office: +211 920002697