USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah Sees Aid in Action in Juba, Sudan

Rajiv Shah, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), last week toured a new FM radio station in Juba, southern Sudan. The new station was funded by USAID and is run by Education Development Center, an InterAction member.

EDC Chief of Party Jon Newstrom briefed Shah about the Sudan Radio Service (SRS) and how it prepared voters for the recent political referendum. They discussed the reach of the new state-of-the-art station, plans for sustainability, and the fact that SRS is the first station to broadcast weather information, with the data posted online, as a resource for agriculture. SRS journalist Hellen Samuel conducted an interview with Shah, who took calls from listeners.

During the visit, Shah also met with 20 children and their teacher from the P2 class at the Rainbow School, who gathered in the station’s classroom to demonstrate two segments of a lesson from EDC’s Southern Sudan Interactive Radio Instruction (SSIRI) program. The first segment was about making polite requests such as, “May I have your pen?” The second segment was about subtraction using bundles of ten. After the lesson, Shah talked with the teacher and students, asking if they had any questions. One child put up her hand and asked, “May I have your pen, please?”

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