Education is important to the people of South Sudan; however, it is not a top priority for the current government. While it is easier to access primary and secondary education in urban areas, rural communities are often left behind. There are many obstacles getting in the way of children’s education in South Sudan: the ongoing conflict between the government and the opposition, lack of resources such as buildings for schools, desks, chairs, books, but most importantly having trained teachers so children can learn. A school can be built and be stocked with books and tables, but it is nothing without teachers.
IRT supports the the local South Sudanese order of the Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary to provide scholarships which enable Sisters to attend training courses and become qualified teachers who can then teach in schools supported by the order.