Kudual Areetic! Or great big hello in Dinka language!
I am heading off to South Sudan Feb. 12- March 7th to help our South Sudan Director, Daniel Majok Gai, Ayak Anguei Girls' School Head Master James Deng and Head Matron, Elizabeth Awuoi to research and begin implementing Phase I of the School Community Garden as part of the girl's leadership development program.
PESS is working with three great, intelligent, bright & savvy Korbel School of International
Studies, University of Denver female Grad students using CARE's:Girl's Competency-based Approach to Leadership along with Population Council's Girl-Centered Program Design: A Toolkit to Develop, Strengthen & Expand Adolescent Girls Program.
The School Community Garden Program will focus on utilizing the girl's school Prefect System and further develop the school Prefect System to include leadership components including 1.) Mentorship (higher grade girls guiding lower grade girls) 2.) Decision-making 3.) Developing Self-Confidence 4.) Organization 5.)Vision/ability to
motivate others. By developing these competencies, girls are positioned to “gain public legitimacy” with other girls
and community members and take civic action in the community.
The girls will be an integral part of the process from establishing an election campaign, recruitment of PTA (Parent-Teacher Association), deciding location of garden, establishing plowing, planting,cultivating and harvesting responsibilities, forming a rotation of students to fulfill the tasks, to harvesting for school food consumption and bringing excess harvest to market raising funds for school activities.
By empowering themselves and their peers, the girls will demonstrate to their communities the model of cooperation, inclusion, and shared vision.
Please continue supporting the girls with their next steps in developing a Student Government model for their school that they are hoping to share with other schools and Ministry of Education.
I will return from South Sudan with exciting updates, stories,and photos from the girls to share with
you. Your continued support brings hope to the future female leaders in a country where only 0.8% of girls are enrolled in primary school. Ayak Anguei girls are making history: 17 out of 23 matriculated to secondary school! Help them become recognized strong leaders in their community!
Yin ca leec areetic, (Thank you very much in Dinka language!)