Only 44% of children in South Sudan enroll in primary school; only 37% of girls enroll. In addition to violence, barriers to education include poverty and lack of qualified teachers. Girls can add early marriage and motherhood, discrimination, lack of sanitation in schools, and uneven domestic responsibility to the list. Only 16% of South Sudanese women are literate, only 12% of all teachers are women. The lack of female teachers adds to the perception that schools are not safe spaces for girls.
This project will establish low-cost, girl-friendly schools within communities and provide quality primary education to thousands of students, 60% girls. The project will also train young women to become para-professional teachers, employ a further 30 community members as local education promoters, organize school management committees, and mobilize parent groups in every community to discuss and defend education for girls.
BRAC creates local, girl-friendly educational environments by establishing schools within communities and by training local women to deliver quality educational services. At least 60% of the enrolled children will be girls and 80% of the education promoters will be women. Over time, women and girls will have increased status and become more able to express their needs and rights, bringing about sustained changes in local attitudes and practices.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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