Education to underprivileged Girls in South Sudan
Vision: RiWA envisages a peaceful country offering young women and adolescent girls an opportunity to participate in the socio-economic development decisions and activities in South Sudan where they are accorded full dignity without prejudice. Mission: To promote and protect the health, economic, political and social rights of young women and adolescent girls in South Sudan.
The major challenges to girls' education in South Sudan include gender inequality, poverty, and early marriage. First, traditional gender roles in South Sudan negatively affect girls' education as girls are perceived as domestic helpers and are not allowed to attend school. Second, the long-lasting armed conflict has increased extreme poverty and worsened the country’s education situation, as 40% of the population lives with life threatening hunger. Third, early marriages that help families receive dowry for their daughters and/or remove the financial burden of providing for a girl, further exploit girls and threaten their health, wellbeing, and future. Good quality education, however, can provide girls with the prospect of a better life as they then can marry at a later age, have healthier children, and acquire better jobs and income. Education can also help them invest their resources in their children, families, and society. Addressing the challenges to girls’ education described in the entry is the turning point for families, societies, and the nation to develop sustainably. The need to enhance girls’ education is a responsibility of every actor in the nation. Hence, a multi-sectoral system of intervention in addressing girls’ education challenges is the best way to remove the barriers to girls’ education and enhance the quality of education for sustainable development. Objectives; 1.Provide support to the 300 girls who are from the vulnerable families and struggling to maintain schooling costs. 2.Support the local people with skills by contracting for uniform making, shoe making and stationary supply which will create further livelihood opportunities With your support RiWA will have to achieve the following objectives: 1. Achieve gender equality- One key recommendation would be to raise awareness about the benefits of girls’ education among male community leaders and parents, especially among those who persist in practicing harmful traditional family norms 2. Reducing Poverty-They should understand how education can build capacities for sustainable development of the communities. For example, by educating girls we can improve economic growth and reduce infant and maternal mortality rate. In partnership with other NGOs, through this project RIWA will design entrepreneurship projects for people to support the education of girls and youth in general. Furthermore, more efforts will be made to make girls’ education affordable, accessible, and of high quality and to provide support to families who do not have the means to send their daughters to school. 3. Eradicating early marriage- Early/forced marriage is an infringement on girls’ and women’s rights and health and its reduction and elimination need to be prioritized. There are many ways to address young girls’ marriage, although there is a strong resistance to their education in some communities in South Sudan. 4. Create awareness on the need for girl child education- This can be done by organizing community dialogues and trainings for the community leaders and the education actors who will later educate the rest of the people in the society. Also, awareness can be spread through consultative and participatory meetings that are aimed at advocating for improvement of adolescent girls’ education and a gender balance in leadership, decision making, and other activities. 5. Fighting periods (menstruation) stigma-Once a month from the time a girl reaches puberty, there is a chance she will miss school and work for a significant portion of her life because she has her period. Menstruation is stigmatized around the world and the cultural shame attached to the natural process makes girls feel too embarrassed to fully participate in society. Some girls end up skipping class because they can’t afford to buy sanitary products or they don’t have access to clean water and sanitation to keep themselves clean and prevent diseases