Established in 2008 in South Sudan, Loreto Rumbek Primary and Secondary School educates girls from ages 5 to 20.

Primary School

About our school

The Loreto Primary School – Maker Kuei is adjacent to the Loreto Girls Secondary School and started in 2010 with a kindergarten class, to serve the children living in the Maker Kuei community.

Although coeducational, it serves as a pipeline for girls from the local community to attend the secondary school after obtaining a high quality primary education.

To ensure this, fifty percent of registration slots are reserved for girls.

To ensure that our students are well equipped to learn, the Loreto Primary School provides a daily meal to each student as well as free medical care for basic ailments.

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A child feeds their sibling as part of a supplemental feeding program for malnourished children and mothers run by the clinic of the Loreto School in Rumbek, South Sudan. The school is run by the Institute for the Blessed Virgin Mary--the Loreto Sisters--of Ireland.

Student life

At present, the day school serves more than 600 students in Primary 1 through 8, who study CRE, Dinka, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

The students also supplement their studies with sports and afterschool programs focused on drama, girl child education and empowerment, science exploration, coding/robotics, engineering, and literacy and mathematics support.

In each class, two student monitor(s) - one boy and one girl assist with class management, and each year, the school appoints a Head Boy and Head Girl from the Primary 8 class to serve as representatives for the student body.

A select group of upper primary school students also serve as Rangers, responsible for flag-raising and comportment during school assembly sessions.

Overall, the school strives to create a safe and nurturing environment for the development of young minds in Maker Kuei. 

Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP)

In addition, the school offers an afternoon Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) for students who have started school late, students who have had to stop and restart their education and for adults who did not complete their primary education.

ALP allows students to complete two primary levels in one year, so that they can complete their primary education in four years instead of eight.

Children who started school late or missed a level are allowed to rejoin their peers in the morning school after passing the required ALP level.

ALP currently serves more than 250 students from Level 1 through 3, who study CRE, Dinka, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

The Challenge - keeping girls in school

Female children in South Sudan face extreme adversity in the pursuit of academic success

In 2017, South Sudan was ranked as the world’s most difficult nations for girls to receive an education.

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