Christians United for Evangelism, Education and Development (CUEED)
Project Proposal for Funding
|Title of Proposed Project||Rual Primary School Project proposal for funding|
|Amount Needed|| US$43,448* *
|Location of Implementation||Gogrial West County, Warrap State, South Sudan|
|Point of Contact, Phone, Address|| Rev. James Garang Akoon
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Children of Rual Primary School pose for group photograph under Tree where they are undertaking their education in Rual village, Gogrial West County in Warrap State of Southern Sudan. The children urgently require permanent constructed primary school for quality education
Rual Primary School Education project proposal is a project of Christians United for Evangelism, Education and Development (CUEED). CUEED is a faith based organization formed by Southern Sudanese Christians from Gogrial West County to respond to socio-economic development in Southern Sudan through implementation of community based integrated projects targeting the youth, women, elderly, adults and children.
CUEED’s main concern is the realization of sustainable peace and development in which the youth, women, elderly, adults and children are involved in positive activities that will ensure socio-economic welfare in the entire Gogrial West County. The vision of CUEED is peaceful coexistence and development in which everyone participate equally and effectively in problem and solution identification and where local communities, governments and other developmental bodies facilitate and carry out skills transfer to the younger generation who were not fortunate enough to be trained or even to go to school because of the civil war which took nearly four decades until 2005 when it came to a close when the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed.
Since its formation CUEED has worked with grass root communities in Gogrial West County to facilitate dissemination of Southern Sudan constitution and CPA as communities prepare for the forthcoming referendum in 2011 thereby providing apparatus for peaceful coexistence beyond 2011.
The charity has established skilled and competent staff capable to manage its programmes throughout Gogrial West County where she has chosen to launch her pilot project. Further more the organization has managed to establish a strong network with the grass root communities to carry out a variety of functions, and further stimulate social-economic recovery /development in the region after considering the long decades of civil conflicts that took place in Sudan.
The organization has furthermore succeeded to hold two successful meetings with the local communities in the county and deliberated on various issues touching on Health care, education, self-employment, technical skill training, and development of small-scale industries such as carpentry, brick making and tailoring.
In order to realize its goals, CUEED has designed primary school education project that will see construction of 8 class rooms, kitchen, latrines and 1-administration office block, but also equip the school gradually with teaching materials, such as text books, supply of water. The construction cost will require USD43, 448
Developments do not come to these remote parts of Southern Sudan easily. As an example till 2008 there were only few primary schools in Gogrial West County. The major constraint for children and parents is that the most nearby primary schools are between the walking distances of 10 and 15 kms or 3 and 4 hours respectively.
CUEED has taken the initiative to change this situation and is now approaching organizations in order to improve the conditions for children who are joining primary schools in the nearby villages.
The CUEED’s strategy is to construct a day primary School in Gogrial for boys and girls respectively. Implementation will include construction, provision of teaching materials, such as text books for all subjects, and clean and safe drinking water and they will be in two phases of the project.
In phase (1) of the project, CUEED will construct 8 classrooms which will have one door and four windows each and will be 27 metres long and six metres wide. The walls and the floor will be made from locally baked bricks; the doors and windows of metal and the roof of zinc sheets. There will also be need to construct kitchen, an administration block comprising of head master’s office, his deputy and a staff room, six toilets and two staff houses. Once construction work is completed, classroom will be fitted with chairs in phase two of the project to prepare the school to start operating learning and teaching activities in 2011. The classrooms will be used to teach the pupils in the morning and provide adult education classes (especially for women) in the evenings. The CUEED team will mobilize parents and local community members to make bricks for the buildings and contribute other locally available materials towards this project.
This grant will help to sustain the gains so far made in the post conflict reconciliation and peace building efforts. By improving the education in Gogrial, the proposed intervention will expand the capacity of the County to maximize the utilization of its resources without relying on much external expertise. The County also will relay on their own expertise for development and future advancement.
This project will also provide coping mechanisms and starting life strategies to the youth who have since returned home. The proposed intervention will in addition motivate the youth towards reconciliation and participation in socio-economic recovery. The intervention furthermore fits within the framework of the country’s healing process as spelt out in the recently signed Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and Sudan’s new constitution.
Gogrial West County due to its location was an easy target during the North-South civil war that lasted over two decades. Being an area that was marginalized just like other parts of Southern Sudan before the war, the little physical infrastructure and institutional establishments that had been developed were not spared the aerial bombardments of the civil war. The natives of Gogrial are the Dinka.
A significant challenge to reconstruction in post-conflict Southern Sudan is lack of education and training materials*.* According to UN-OCHA, 1.8 million returned IDPs were recorded by mid-2009. The number of school age children is rapidly increasing with the return of these large numbers of displaced people, but construction and rehabilitation of schools has not kept pace with this growth*.* Most educational infrastructures were destroyed in the war. Around 40% of schools function outdoors under trees, 50% is housed in structures made of local materials, while only 10% are large schools located in buildings. In addition, only 6% of teachers are formally trained, while 45% have attended only in-service courses of between one and nine months and 49% are untrained.
To construct one (1) primary school in Rual Village, Gogrial West County, Warrap State with a population of a bout 1,000 primary school going children to provide quality education in six months.
Strategies of Implementation
The project was proposed by a series of discussion with the local communities, review of baseline data, and also minutes of the county coordination meetings.
At the initial start of the school project, the CUEED team in Gogrial will construct 8- class rooms, 6- toilets, 1-kitchen and administration office, and also equip the school gradually with teaching materials, such as text books and the supply of water.
Construction of 8 classrooms, Kitchen, administration office will start as soon as funds are availed. This will be followed by construction of storage tanks for rainwater collection. At the end of the project, the last act will be the buying of the text books.
Installation of a 10,000 litres rainwater collection tank and purchase of text books will be done to enable the school to start operating in the second budget of phase two of the project. The school will admit 360 students over eight classes
CUEED team will engage the expertise of constructors and other laborers to carry out the actual work. Then there will be procurement of the construction materials which will be done in Wau or Juba and their transportation to the construction site as has been agreed with the communities of Gogrial West County. The project Manager will prepare all the necessary reports including the financial reports and submit them to the funding organization as will be agreed upon.
CUEED team will invite the donor representatives and members of the government to carry out their own independent evaluation after the completion of the project. Continuous monitoring of the project will be conducted by the CUEED team and representatives from the Episcopal church of the Sudan, Wau Diocese to ensure that the project achieves its goals and objectives as set out in this proposal.
- Quality education for 360 students delivered through creation of students friendly learning spaces;
- Changing role of women in society from passive to decision making enhanced
- Increased accelerated learning programs to 300 adults and other disadvantaged groups that had hitherto not accessed basic education;
- Improved standards of life among 8 teaching staffs in Rual village
- 360 students enrolled and retained in school through school feeding programs.
- 1-primary school constructed in Rual village
- 160 girls counseled and mentored on education in Rual village
- 8 teachers paid their salaries
- 30 PTA members in proposed primary school trained on school management
- 30% of the community in Rual begin to appreciate the girl child education
Chief Executive Officer of CUEED will deliver both technical and financial reports each month to the funding agency. This will include details of the class attendance by learners and teachers, lessons taught, materials purchased, challenges faced, achievements realized, money spent and the community support.
The school facilities aim to give services to 360 primary school students from Rual village in Gogrial West County annually. The Project will construct 1 primary school.
Monitoring and Evaluation
A variety of formal and informal Monitoring and Evaluation mechanisms will be central to ensuring the appropriate delivery of effective and sustainable services. These will include: Multi Indicator Cluster Surveys, class performance surveys, class attendance data, girl-boy retention data and exit surveys.
* *CUEED will continue to work with the Ministry of education department to build on this capacity while also working closely with local NGO working on education programmes in the area. CUEED will develop a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education which will clarify each partners’ roles and responsibilities both short and long term. The Ministry of education will be encouraged to provide staff for the facilities, facilitate the UNICEF supported school supply and CUEED will invest heavily in staff training at all levels. In this way sustainable structures for primary school education delivery will be developed in Rual village, Gogrial West.
CUEED will also work in partnership with local Churches, and involve them in technical trainings and work closely with them in developing methodologies for engaging with communities. CUEED is focusing on technical and logistical support as well as on institutional capacity building.
CUEED will work with local communities to develop the capacity of individuals to play an active role in governance and delivery of education in primary school. Parents Teachers Association (PTA) will be formed to ensure the school’s future sustainability. CUEED’s annual sustainability assessment will be used to review the capacity of both ministry of education, local communities and local Churches to take on further aspects of supporting the school after the donor phase.
CUEED will collaborate with Episcopal Church of the Sudan to network with the local community, Gogrial West County administration local NGOs, Government of Warrap State and Government of Southern Sudan.
10. Community Contribution
The Rual Community will contribute labour and local materials such as water and sand that will be used to construct learning center and provide security for the materials.
CUEED team has the required capacity necessary to design interventions and at the same time give impetus to the program’s management. We have in addition established networks with other organizations working in the region and therefore have hands on experience in networking. The organization constantly plans before engaging in project activities and other interventions. It’s recognition by the local communities and County government administration has further placed us in a strategic footing to replicate ourselves inside the greater Warrap State and also establish strategic partnerships with key members of the government of southern Sudan. CUEED has a rare unity of purpose amongst its members. This has in turn ensured solidarity and hence it’s stability. There is high potential that this achievement will be replicated inside the greater Warrap State.
The agency will adopt the policy of sunshine governance throughout the implementation process of this project. This will ensure accountability and transparency in the management of resources Finally CUEED staffs are enthusiastic and committed to the agency’s activities.