Dr. Charles Kanyarusoke, a Communications Media Department professor, received the first-ever IUP College of Education Humanitarian Award for his work in implementing educational programs in Southern Sudan.
Dr. Kanyarusoke was honored in August 2009 for his ongoing work as the senior technical advisor to the Department of Education, Government of Southern Sudan. The Southern Sudan Technical Assistance Program is funded and run by the United States Agency for International Development, the humanitarian arm of the United States government. Dr. Kanyarusoke’s responsibilities include designing a teacher education program, building and rehabilitating schools, and training senior education officials, among many others. The sixty-one-year-old professor left IUP for Sudan in September 2005 and continues to pursue his calling while flying home to Indiana now and then to spend time with his wife and two children.
Dr. Kanyarusoke, formerly of Uganda, began teaching at IUP in 1987 as a professor of several courses: audio production, technology for learning and instruction, and international communications. He completed his undergraduate studies in graphic design at the University of Nairobi in Kenya; earned his post-graduate education diploma at Makerere University in Uganda and his technical certificate in production of educational texts at the International Training Center in Sydney, Australia; and earned his Master of Education and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in educational communications and technology.
Sudan, the tenth-largest country in the world and the largest country in Africa, is still recovering from the twenty-two-year civil war that claimed 1.9 million lives and displaced 4 million people, forcing them to move to neighboring countries. The war ended in January 2005 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, and since then, the new government of Southern Sudan’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has made steady headway in implementing an educational system with the assistance of such international agencies as USAID.
Limited resources such as insufficient budget and the lack of leadership and management experience have lead to Southern Sudan’s low overall enrollment rate for primary education—25 percent, one of the world’s lowest. The GoSS-MoEST strives to increase enrollment to 55 percent by 2011 while improving the quality of education.
By: Sara B. LambersonSpecial Projects AssistantDepartment of Communications Media