Focus on Fellows
Deputy Director, Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, Republic of South Sudan
South Sudan Fellow - 2015; Coach - 2016
UNITAR Fellow Marial Luk successfully obtained funding for a project he developed through 2015 Cycle of the UNITAR South Sudan Fellowship Programme to train 56 primary school teachers in Gok State, South Sudan. According to the 2015 Gok State Annual Education Census, Gok has 23 primary schools, where 91 percent of teachers do not have training in basic teaching skills.
The aim of the project is to train 25 percent of primary school teachers in Cueibet County, Gok State, on basic teaching methodologies and life skills education by the end of 2018. The project will cost 638,000 South Sudanese Pounds, an equivalent of 7,500 USD.
Mr. Marial Luk, who is Deputy Director of the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, Republic of South Sudan, participated in the six-month long UNITAR South Sudan Fellowship Programme, funded by the Government of Japan, which focuses on developing capacity in leadership and project development and implementation. In 2015, 20 South Sudanese professionals participated in the training, where each Fellow developed an individual proposal document, as one of the requirements of the programme.
In an interview with UNITAR, Marial said that the training he received has positively changed his life in many ways. “I acquired skills on conducting organizational needs assessments, project proposal writing, and leadership. My ability to lead and understand my place in a team has greatly improved, as well as my ability to coordinate, network, and understand other actors in the areas of development.”
He stated that his visit to Hiroshima for the second workshop of the programme greatly impacted him. “Hiroshima, a place commonly known for its recovery and development story after World War II, offered an opportunity for me to learn a great deal. I value the individual contributions and efforts of the people of Hiroshima to rebuild their city, and that is what we should do for our beloved country, South Sudan.”
He continued "Using the skills I gained in writing project proposals, I have created a project that recently received funding from IBIS, an international NGO that promotes education."
The project is led by the Gok State Coordinator for Education Development Partners in the Ministry of Education and Social Welfare, Republic of South Sudan.
The entire UNITAR Hiroshima Team would like to congratulate Marial on his success!