JIT is training the next generation of South Sudanese data analysts and data scientists.
While teaching mathematics and statistics at Middle Tennessee State University as a lecturer, Alier Reng tutored some of his friends on the weekends for free. And after he left teaching at MTSU, he thought that the best way to give back to his community was to establish an online tutoring program to offer free tutoring and mentoring services to South Sudanese working parents and young people who could not afford paid-private tutoring and mentoring programs. Additionally, as former refugees (for about 14 years, both in Ethiopia and Kenya) who were blessed to be granted resettlement status in the United States of America, the now JIT team also agreed to establish a comprehensive nonprofit organization to empower South Sudanese families to better compete in life, particularly in the West or the entire diaspora. Thus, the JITeam convened a teleconference on January 28, 2018, and established both the Jonglei Institute of Science & Technology (JIST) and the Family Hearts Initiative to offer free online education, tutoring, and mentorship and to empower South Sudanese families in the diaspora by providing them free financial literacy training to help them learn how to manage their finances better so that they can save money for their kids’ education, as well as for their retirements. However, the team later decided (in 2019) to bring the two organizations together to maximize their efforts and optimize their limited resources. They named the new organization “Jonglei Institute of Technology.”
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WHO WE ARE
Jonglei Institute of Technology (JIT) is a faith-based nonprofit organization established by a group of Lost Boys and Lost Girls of Sudan to empower South Sudanese diaspora families by providing them free online education, tutoring, mentoring services; Bible studies and spiritual support, counseling, and guidance; as we as provide them free financial literacy training. JITeam strongly believes that these free services will help South Sudanese families to become successful. And when these families succeed, they will be able to raise successful kids, for successful families raise successful kids.
Empowering Our Families to Better Compete in Life.
WHAT WE DO
we’re an online knowledge exchange program and a Family First advocate, JIT plans to partner with some of the major universities in South Sudan to educate our future leaders in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and STEM. Moreover, JIT hopes to apply for government grants to establish tutoring and mentoring centers in major cities in the US, Canada, and Australia, to bring our services closer to our people in their respective communities.
The Hub of innovation through machine learning, artificial intelligence, and STEM; The Leader in building and supporting Christ-centered families whose husbands and wives are financially literate; The leading advocate for kids’ education and personal health fitness; The Learning Resource Center for South Sudanese data scientists, data analysts, students, and professors.
We aspire to be: