South Sudanese Dinka girls face dire challenges: early arranged marriage, domestic violence, families who force their daughters to stay home, fetch water, wood, grind grain, cook and take care of siblings in order to get a good cow bride price. 90% female illiteracy
400 girls at the only girl's boarding school in the region, Ayak Anguei Primary, have requested a girl's empowerment program using a Student Government model utilizing female local, state and country leaders as mentors.
The Student Government for Girls by Girls will develop higher self-esteem and confidence, leadership skills, allow the girls to become student representatives in their community decision making process, take civic action working with female local leader mentors to create a radio program for girls by girls to promote girls education and contribute to their community by building and sustaining a school garden project. The outcome will develop a girl's ability to be an active member of society.
400 girls from the Ayak Anguei Girls School will, by participating in the Student Government for Girls by Girls program, have the ability to engage in their communities, demonstrate their civic contribution, be an active advocate for inspiring other girls to attend school, gain the confidence to help educate their parents of the need for girl child education and be an active participant girls school recruitment for the Ministry of Education
Project Education South Sudan Website
PESS Girls Leadership Development web page