Room to Learn is working to give children and youth in South Sudan the opportunity to attend school. Decades of civil war and turmoil have devastated the country's infrastructure, leaving them without access to quality education. Through initial quick-impact grants we can reach 7,500 students in 20 schools. Your donation can help enroll them in classes, improve the quality of their education, and provide distance learning for hard-to-reach populations.
South Sudan won independence in 2011, after half a century of destruction and two decades of civil war. Now the world's newest nation faces another battle: building a good education system for its children. Schools lack proper facilities and educational materials. The quality of instruction is poor. Girls lag behind boys in enrollment and retention. According to the United Nations, a 15-year-old girl in South Sudan has a greater chance of dying in childbirth than completing school.
Room to Learn offers children and youth access to quality education, with a special focus on reaching the most marginalized groups, including girls, the disabled, and children from nomadic and pastoralist communities. The project provides children with foundational literacy skills and a safe learning environment. Funds will be used for quick-impact grants to improve school infrastructure and train teachers; deliver educational materials; provide access to mobile learning; and support local PTAs.
Education will transform the lives of youth by improving their well-being and future prospects. It will enable them to pass on the social and economic benefits of education to their families. Girls will be less vulnerable to exploitation. Educating this generation can lift South Sudan out of poverty and ensure its stability. Getting communities involved in improving schools and raising awareness about equity, safety, and educational outcomes will help sustain the program's positive impacts.