Girls’ Education

Our commitment has been longstanding since 2010. To invest in girls’ education is also to invest in preventing disease, decreasing poverty, and lessening violence. When a woman prospers, her family prospers—when families prosper, whole communities prosper. 

Many girls drop out or never enroll due to marriage, pregnancy, and duties at home. We are working with the community to bridge the gap between traditional female roles in the community and the importance and benefit of equal education for girls in order to increase enrollment and opportunity. 

The Marial Bai Secondary School is committed to supporting female education in South Sudan—working against staggering statistics

The female dormitories at MBSS currently accommodate 115 girls—more than any other high school in South Sudan. We are currently offer young women’s mentoring programs, a female dorm advisor who is a locally respected as a leader, and family outreach to promote female student retention. Educating girls in a safe co-educational environment creates a culture of equality. Providing staff to fulfill many of the daily duties of women in the community, our girls can focus on their studies, making new friends, and having fun. The male students at MBSS see that when girls are given the same opportunity to learn, they thrive and compete for the top marks in class. 

In 2018 we opened our second campus, a boarding school for girls called the Alok Girls’ Academy. As our campus in Alok is being renovated our inaugural class of 160 girls in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 are studying on our campus in Awiel. We are excited to say they are doing great! 

Currently in South Sudan, less than 1% of young women finish high school. We chose the boarding school model to provide a safe and supportive environment where the girls can focus on their studies. The campus will be free from the distractions and demands of their lives at home, allowing the students to complete their studies and be deterred from early marriage. With your help, we can continue expanding our efforts and educating more girls each year. 

I come to school so I can be an educated person in the future. I don’t have a mother because she died in 2009. I have my father but he doesn’t have anything to do. My father is poor and not educated, but he tries hard to send me to school because he doesn’t want me to be like him.

At school, I like physics. When I finish school, I want to be a doctor and help my nation, those in my community, and others from outside. My biggest challenge is that I want to go to university, but I don’t know if I will be able to.
— Mary Agot

If you keep a girl in school, you help her change the course of her life, her future family, and an entire nation.
— SAVE THE CHILDREN (The Power and Promise of Girls’ Education)