In February 2018, following visits to St Mark's, the UK based Friends of St Mark’s Juba was established to complement the ongoing efforts of the Coptic Church and their work with the school. Friends of St Mark’s Juba was created to help ensure the school makes a difference in the lives of all local children and their families by providing hands on educational support.
The school offers a sound curriculum, including English, Maths, Science Religious Education, Music, Games and Social Studies, in accordance with South Sudanese guidelines. The government requires all children, whose first language is Arabic, be taught in English. This year, we have also engaged an Arabic teacher.
We are endeavouring to introduce an English phonics programme in the Nursery School, while working to establish teacher training and staff support through continuing cooperation with GESS (Girls Education in South Sudan), the Ministry of Education in South Sudan and Mading & Mading Educational Consultants.
A highly professional teaching faculty guided by a Senior leadership team are in place, with an experienced Director overseeing the day to day management of the school. This year Wi-Fi was provided throughout the school and smart phones were made available to many staff.
At present, St Mark’s is a Kindergarten, Primary School and Boy's Secondary School, however, we are hopeful that the new Girl's Secondary School facilities will be ready by 2021.
St Mark's continues to grow from strength to strength.