South Sudan

Education and Health Sector

South Sudan was the first country SolarSPELL expanded to in East Africa.

In partnership with EmpowerKids–South Sudan and Africa Educational Trust, SolarSPELL conducted a pilot with three schools in the Juba, Yambio, and Rumbek districts. The pilot phase was launched in January 2018 with a training that was held in Kigali, Rwanda with teachers and administrators from each pilot school in South Sudan. After the training, the teachers and administrators returned to South Sudan and led trainings for the other teachers and students at their home schools. South Sudan is also the first country where SolarSPELL deployed Library Labs—six tablets, two batteries and a solar panel in a waterproof suitcase—to each pilot school, because of the limited local availability of WiFi-capable devices. Thanks to the efforts of EmpowerKids–South Sudan, the East Africa version of the SolarSPELL Education Library includes the national primary-level textbooks, provided by the South Sudan Ministry of Education.

In 2019, our team opened a SolarSPELL Training Center at the Juba Girls School in South Sudan, establishing a first-of-its-kind regional hub for Juba-area teachers to receive training on the SolarSPELL digital libraries. And in 2020, EmpowerKids–South Sudan was able to use the digital libraries to facilitate distance learning during the pandemic. Over one two-week period of this project, they were able to serve more than 9,400 students, as well as parents and teachers, who downloaded more than 14,000 offline resources from the library.

In April 2023, after three years of development, we officially launched our Health Library at St. Mary’s Health Science Training Institute Juba. Our partners at EmpowerKids–South Sudan led a training for 26 students, tutors and school administrators.

Total number of SolarSPELL libraries deployed
Total number of people trained
Estimated number of people reached

Working With

  • EmpowerKids–South Sudan
  • Africa Educational Trust


  • January 2018
  • July 2019
  • November 2019
  • August – November 2020
  • February 2022
  • April 2023
  • May 2024

Photos from the Field


“This is one kind of intervention to set precedence for other educational programs to follow."

Mr. Nelson H.Director General for Basic and Secondary Education, Ministry of General Education and Instruction

“The digital library resource materials are handy and critical for learning and teaching and will greatly contribute to the success of the project.”

Mark Simiyu BarasaInspire Children

"They will be of great help to me as an education officer and students around me, as well as my colleague teachers."

Mayen Reuben DengEducation Officer, C&D, Twic East County, Jonglei State


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