Religion for promoting peace and development in South Sudan
South Sudanese society should be unified, conflicts must be resolved and peaceful coexistence must be developed. Education is a key factor in driving the peace process ahead in South Sudan. By operating an educational institute – the Nile Theological College (NTC) – the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS), Mission 21's partner church, contributes towards this process. The College offers comprehensive theological training: building on Biblical and ethical foundations, participants consider pressing social issues and develop potential solutions.
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- Two-year diploma course in theology
- Three-year Bachelor in Theology
- Educational offers for spouses of the Students
- Complementary activities for students and teachers for spiritual growth and social cohesion
- Special training for the promotion of peace and reconciliation work
How is it possible to provide university-level theological training in a country beset by war? This was the question that those responsible for the NTC had to ask themselves time after time in recent years. The introduction of a new course on social ethics proved to be a groundbreaking development: the course focuses on the severe problems affecting the country at present, and imparts strategies for reaching solutions and taking action. In this way, the church is doing justice to its social responsibilities by preparing leaders who are adequately trained for their work.
In recent years, the NTC has been able to reassert itself in the capital Juba after fleeing the city of Malakal. While in 2015 only 18 students (no women) were enrolled, in 2021 there are 86 students (including 10 female students) . NTC was able to move to a larger building at the beginning of 2020 and thus work more efficiently. They also have better classrooms and stable internet. During COVID19 more internet sessions were offered and in the second semester the situation on site has calmed down again and all courses take place regularly.