In South Sudan, the sad reality is that a girl is more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than to complete primary education.
We are doing what we can to change that, one step at a time.
At Agok primary school, the girls’ toilets were dangerously decrepit after being damaged by floods. So the girls had to share with the boys. But due to the lack of toileting privacy, girls were leaving lessons early, arriving late and dropping out of school in droves.
The school is in the disputed region of Abyei. Because the region is disputed, claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan, it’s at high risk of conflict. So many larger funding organisations won’t contribute to development there. That’s not fair to the life chances of children in this area.
Now, thanks to funding from Global Care, these girls are celebrating the opening of brand new girls’ school toilets, complete with air vents and toilet covers. A significant barrier to education here has been removed. Schooling for girls is possible again!
It is such an exciting (and locally unusual) achievement, the opening of the new toilets was featured on local radio!
Global Care has been working in South Sudan since 2017, initially through a teacher training programme, aiming to address the huge shortage of trained teachers in the country. This is one factor in the poor quality of education and low school enrolment rates across South Sudan. The inadequacy of school buildings and infrastructure is another factor. Our first batch of teaching graduates finished in December 2020, despite the difficulties created by Covid. The programme is currently undergoing a 12-month review.