Alok Girls’ Academy
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.
Girls’ Education in South Sudan is working against staggering statistics. Currently in South Sudan, less than 1% of young women finish high school.
In 2018 we dedicated our work to expanding our commitment to girls’ education. In June we opened our second campus, the Alok Girls’ Academy. Our inaugural class of 160 girls is composed of the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. We are providing each girl with exceptional education from highly trained and passionate teachers. We also provide lunch, uniforms, and an array of after-school activities including volleyball and art classes. Our goal is to properly prepare the girls so that they may succeed in secondary school. Please read about a few of our students here.
With your help, we can continue expanding our efforts and educating more girls each year.
Alok Girls’ Academy is based on the themes of our first campus, the Marial Bai Secondary School. They include:
Diversity plays a significant role in our mission of creating peace through education. At MBSS, our students and graduates have expressed how meaningful it was to live and study with members of other tribes and residents of other countries. At the Alok Girls' Academy, we are recruiting teachers and students from all over South Sudan. Our highly trained teachers and staff are from South Sudan as well as the neighboring countries of Uganda and Kenya.
Our comprehensive curriculum creates real-world experiences for our students where they can bring their knowledge out of the classroom and into their communities. Chemistry class turns into business development and economic independence as our students learn how to make and then sell chalk, soap, and honey products.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Teachers and staff will take part in hosting creative activities for the girls. Sports, art, dance, music, and extra tutoring are just a few examples of how the girls’ education will be enriched after classes and on some weekends.
ALUMNI NETWORK AND MENTORING
We are working to create a safe and supportive environment where the girls can complete secondary school. Our teachers and staff are predominantly women and can support the girls as they navigate the challenges of school and their lives at home. We are working with MBSS alumni to help mentor the girls as well. Our intention is to create an active alumni network that can provide support to our students.
Our students study by solar power and learn sustainable farming techniques to improve food security at the school and within their communities. The Alok Girls' Academy is located in a beautiful rural area where students can learn and then apply science-based and community-driven conservation techniques.
With a maternal mortality rate of 1:32, a girl is seven times more likely to die in child birth than graduate secondary school. South Sudan has the highest maternal death rate in the world.
The World Bank has estimated that only seven girls for every ten boys attend primary education, while five girls for every ten boys are enrolled in secondary education. In 2013 only 500 girls were in the last grade of secondary school in the whole country.
Only 12% of teachers are female. Female teachers are essential to serve as a positive influence for girls to enroll and stay in school – such a low number plays a part in reinforcing gender disparities.