Mar 23, 2020

Project Education South Sudan Update Mar 22, 2020

The Peace Group
The Peace Group

It’s Bortown, a town of about 400,000, in South Sudan. The new school year started last month, and many students have come into town from their home villages and will live with friends or relatives for the 3-month long school term. A highlight for some of these students is gathering on weekends or after school at the Project Education South Sudan (PESS) office for mutual support, discussion, and mentoring from the PESS staff. They discuss world issues, as well as qualities they admire in their favorite local leaders. PESS is harnessing the power of community by organizing girls into girl groups – a group of about 10 girls who support each other in their daily challenges of school and home. 

Meet one of the girl groups – 11 girls attending 6 different high schools in Bortown (pictured here). Many wear the uniform of their school, making for a colorful gathering. This group named themselves the Peace Group. Their reason: “We name our girls’ group like that because our country has been in war and this is affecting our education as girls in general. Currently our government has signed peace and we girls need to spread peace in our schools, beginning among us students and extended into the communities and to our neighbors. Peace is good, when people live in peace life become meaningful.”

After school, or on weekends, when they meet, the group is working on articles for a Girl Gazette. Learning how to write a news story will be a first for many of them. In the future, you may hear some of their stories, so stay tuned. Each of them deeply appreciates your participation in their educational success. You would be amazed at their enthusiasm to learn. By giving to PESS through GlobalGiving, you are supporting these talented young women, aspiring to become wise and competent leaders in their community. Thank you. Your gift helps the Peace Group students stay in school and prepare for the future.

Would you like to participate at a deeper level? Consider becoming a regular part of one of these girl groups, by making a monthly gift of $35. If you let us know your intent, we will help you set up a regular gift and will send you updates on that group's progress.

Dec 27, 2019

Project Education South Sudan Update Dec 14, 2019

Akuot
Akuot

In the US, we just celebrated Thanksgiving. We on the PESS team were remembering things and people to be thankful for. Akuot is one! A current PESS student, here is some of her story. 

Akuot is 17, lives in Bortown, South Sudan, and receives school support through PESS. Akuot is a peacemaker in her class, settling disputes between classmates and promoting unity among students. What an example – in a country with such a violent history of civil war, often growing out of tribalism! Akuot sets an example for other students to follow by engaging in thoughtful discourse and promoting ethical treatment of peers. A bright and talented member of her school’s journalism club, Akuot recognizes the harmful impacts of early and often forced marriage. She promises to continue the fight for girls' rights after graduation. Akuot plans to pursue a career in child protection so that she can help to make South Sudan a safer place for children. 

South Sudan is one of the most challenging environments in the world – according to many who report on world affairs. Public education is substandard, while decades of war have made it impossible for many to survive, let alone progress in their education. The only way South Sudan can move beyond its troubled history is through efforts of brave girls like Akuot. Educating these courageous young women is critical to South Sudan's success. We are thankful for Akuot, and we hope you are too. She’s amazing! 

School just let out in Bortown for the holidays, and for those in their 12th year, this is the end of high school. PESS will be cheering on 14 graduates as they take their comprehensive exams over the coming weeks. The students need to pass these exams in order to officially graduate and be able to go on to advanced education or to prove their status when seeking jobs. As we move into the new year - 2020, we will continue to support 55 students in their educational efforts and will add more as funding allows. 

The scholars, staff, board, and volunteers at Project Education South Sudan deeply appreciate you and your ongoing interest and support. Your financial support is what makes the achievements of girls like Akuot possible. All of us wish you a warm and happy holiday season.

Dec 17, 2019

Project Education South Sudan Update Dec 14, 2019

Akuot
Akuot

In the US, we just celebrated Thanksgiving. We on the PESS team were remembering things and people to be thankful for. Akuot is one! A current PESS student, here is some of her story. 

Akuot is 17, lives in Bortown, South Sudan, and receives school support through PESS. Akuot is a peacemaker in her class, settling disputes between classmates and promoting unity among students. What an example – in a country with such a violent history of civil war, often growing out of tribalism! Akuot sets an example for other students to follow by engaging in thoughtful discourse and promoting ethical treatment of peers. A bright and talented member of her school’s journalism club, Akuot recognizes the harmful impacts of early and often forced marriage. She promises to continue the fight for girls' rights after graduation. Akuot plans to pursue a career in child protection so that she can help to make South Sudan a safer place for children. 

South Sudan is one of the most challenging environments in the world – according to many who report on world affairs. Public education is substandard, while decades of war have made it impossible for many to survive, let alone progress in their education. The only way South Sudan can move beyond its troubled history is through efforts of brave girls like Akuot. Educating these courageous young women is critical to South Sudan's success. We are thankful for Akuot, and we hope you are too. She’s amazing! 

School just let out in Bortown for the holidays, and for those in their 12th year, this is the end of high school. PESS will be cheering on 14 graduates as they take their comprehensive exams over the coming weeks. The students need to pass these exams in order to officially graduate and be able to go on to advanced education or to prove their status when seeking jobs. As we move into the new year - 2020, we will continue to support 55 students in their educational efforts and will add more as funding allows. 

The scholars, staff, board, and volunteers at Project Education South Sudan deeply appreciate you and your ongoing interest and support. Your financial support is what makes the achievements of girls like Akuot possible. All of us wish you a warm and happy holiday season.

 
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