Decades of conflict have disrupted the lives of the South Sudanese and children have borne the brunt. The national enrollment rate hovers at just 44%, only 37% for girls. This project will apply BRAC's expertise in delivering primary education to kids in conflict-ridden areas. Thanks to partnerships with other donors, contributions to this projects have extraordinary leverage: Funding of $22,050 raised through Global Giving will be matched and multiplied, unlocking $88,180 to reach 164 children.
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.