Decades of war and a lack of development have created a scarcity of qualified teachers in the young country. A small teaching college, battling to keep access to education open, sees itself as key to South Sudan's development.
With elections in June, the three-year-old country has to decide if the ballot box is the best place to establish peace amid a year-long civil war. Here is what's at stake if they decide to push forward.
Even around 'safe' UN camps, females who forage for food and firewood are targeted by lurking soldiers. 'You cannot change the actions of an illiterate army by the stroke of a pen,' says rebel spokesman.