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Where We Work

South SudanSouth Sudan

Since gaining independence from colonial rule in 1956, the people of South Sudan have been the victims of constant violence and political unrest, experiencing only short intervals of peace for nearly half a century. Throughout the First and Second Sudanese Civil Wars, an estimated 2.5 million South Sudanese lost their lives while more than 4 million others were displaced.

The Sudanese Civil War formally ended with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. In a referendum which took place in January 2011, more than 99 percent of the South Sudanese population voted for independence from the government in Khartoum.

On July 9, 2011, South Sudan became internationally recognized as the world's 193rd nation.

While leaders of the new South Sudan know that the road towards development will not be without challenges, the people are optimistic for the future of their country.

Mother and Child in South Sudan


The Need

As a result of long standing conflict and displacement in South Sudan, there are 1.3 million primary school age children out of school. Of those in school, very few make it beyond four years.

African Women and Children in South Sudan

These low enrollment issues give way to another problem—independence and a period of relative peace will drastically increase the demand for education both from existing citizens as well as those returning from neighboring countries as a result of war displacement. This influx of new students will tax an already struggling system:

  • Funding/Infrastructure- There has been a reduction of government funding to education over the last few years as education moved from the number two priority in the national budget to number four.
  • Curriculum- Currently, there is not one common educational curriculum being used in the nation. While the Ministry of Education develops a nationwide standard curriculum, there are multiple curricula being brought in and taught from neighboring countries.
  • Teachers- There is a serious shortage of trained teachers. Many people serving as teachers are volunteers without formal qualifications, and often times have only completed primary level education.
  • Lack of University Options/Applied Education- The opportunity for students to attend a quality university often happens outside of South Sudan since the few university options in country are so poor.


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