Education project activities

Education Success Story, Malual East Payam

Project Title:  Girl Child Education Project phase II

  • Situation/ Background: This project aims at addressing wide spread dropout among girls in upper primary and secondary schools in northern Bar el ghazal state with special focus on Aweil north county. The project will therefore enhance girls’ education from economically disadvantaged households/families in Aweil North County through provision of scholastic materials, including dignity kids, life skills and occupational skills. This will enable the targeted girls to complete primary school and transit to secondary in order to gain the necessary skills to succeed in life and thus make a positive contribution to the socio-economic development of south Sudan.Programme Activities:
    • To provide students with nutritious meals to reduce drop-outs rate
    • To increase girls’ ability to support themselves and contribute to household income through training on income generating activities
    • To increase girls’ self-awareness, decision-making, and problem-solving skills through provision of life skills training

    Result/ Impact:

    • Mobilization and community awareness
    • Training 37 PTA members (27M 10F) on bonga, accountability and feedback on 6th -7th June in Pamat primary school, it was a participatory training where participants openly shared their opinions and promised to support the girls education project and ask for accountability from both teachers and the pupils through calling for parents meetings on monthly and termly basis
    • TOT training for 5 female mentors from 28th may to 5th June on bonga as such they can conduct a TOT training for the girls and other mentors, it was a participatory training where they discussed and shared freely.
    • Filling KASH forms for 150 girls from 10th -25th to evaluate their understanding before the beginning of the bonga program and it has come out that over 95 girls are not informed of their rights and how they can respond to what is taking place in their surrounding meanwhile 55 of them are aware of their rights and are aware of what is taking place within their surrounding but cannot act
    • Purchase and supply of 20 bags of rice 5 bags of sugar 25 liters of cooking oil, a carton of washing soap, a box of tea leaves, 25 sachets of salt, 5 empty Jerri cans, 5 buckets, 5 basins, 150 cups and 150 plates on 3.7.2018 to five schools to provide meals to adolescent girls in order to retain them for 3 hours and hence improving their attendance
    • Purchase and distribution of 5 bicycles to five mentors has motivated them and the community and they can arrive early to the schools to facilitate lessons and this has greatly improved mentors attendance rates
    • Supply of teaching materials for mentors including 15 flip charts, 15 boxes of marker pens, 5 counter books, 20 brown papers, 25 manila papers, 10 netballs, 5 bells, 5 pairs of scissors, 30 skipping ropes and carpets.
    • Distribution of hygiene kits to 150 girls each getting 1 packet of sanitary pad, 6 bars of soap and 8 pieces of underwear and this has improved their attendance and hygiene
    • Conducting parents meeting for 150 parents on 10-15th December on IGA selection and how they can support their daughters complete studies by providing financial and emotional support and all the parents committed to continue supporting the girls in conducting their IGAs and their education
    • Market survey was conducted in local markets to identify the available income generating activities and the selected committees identified that common items in the market include, groundnuts, vegetables, tea, ground nut paste, and bread which are highly demanded and affordable by the community out of which the committee presented during parents meeting as such bakery vegetable growing and knitting  were selected for IGA
    • Identification and selection of IGAs by girls where they selected bakery, vegetable growing and knitting in all the five schools.
    • Refresher training for mentors was also conducted in Pamat primary school from 15-16th on IGA management this enables them train bonga girls on how they can manage their IGAs
    • Conducting five outreaches in the local market and schools to pass information about early marriage importance of  girls’, and sanitation  there were about 550 people  in attendance consisting of community chiefs, head teachers, market vendors  and  pupils in that, about 220 were women 100 men, 130 girls and 100 boys and 4 girls with disability. The age bracket for men and women was between 25-70 meanwhile for boys and girls was between 10-18 where the chiefs and some parents appreciated the drama and encouraged other parents to send their children to school and act as advocates for girls’ education.
    • Five trainers have been recruited where two are for knitting and three for bakery in the five centers
    • 146 girls are already undergoing training on knitting and bakery and making sales from their products
Pictorials: Girl child education

Name: Mary Abuk Deng    Age: 20 years                                

Class: Primary Eight (P.8)         School: Marol Deng Geng

My name is Mary Abuk Deng; I am a student in Marol Deng Geng Primary School in class eight. I’m a member of life skills and occupational skills introduced by Support for Peace and Education Development Programme (SPEDP) Malual Center. Before joining the life skills, I had less knowledge on hygiene related issues but now I have learn how to protect myself from disease and raise voice  in the family. As a member of Income Generating Activities (IGA) I learnt how to make Sambusa, Mandazi, and Chapatti during the training. And I had realized the important of the training from the selling of the group. So when I start to sell my own it will earn me living and I will be able to afford soap, shoes, uniforms, Pay tuition and other personal needs and continue with education. I would like to thanks SPEDP and the partners for introducing this initiative in Malual Center. Mary said, the skills will sustain them and make them be selves reliant. She continued, “I’m encouraging and training other girls who didn’t have the skills to learn from me such that they can be able provide for themselves. Abuk urged the initiative to continue such that it can help vulnerable girls in Malual Center.

Photo credit by Dennis Moini Joseph: Mary Abuk during Sambusa session in Marol Deng Geng Primary School
Photo credit by Dennis Moini Joseph: Mary Abuk during Sambusa session in Marol Deng Geng Primary School

SPEDP’s education strategic objective is to Enhance Community mechanism to support formal and non-formal education – through interventions in Primary school, Vocational Skills Training (VST), life skills, Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) and Community Managed Micro-Finance (CMMF).

In 2018, SPEDP education department implemented 8 projects with support from Stromme Foundation, Christian Aid and South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) with Total budget of 1,150,034.05

Adolescent girls receive their goats after a training on animal rearing in Morobo-county
Some of the trainees for tailoring in Kimba payam - green belt centre - Morobo County-CES

Definitions of the Programs and the targets

Community Girls Education (CGE): This is a 3 year government programme that targets mainly girls at the age between 8 and 13. On completion of the 3 years, the learners join class 5 in the formal schools.

Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP): The ALP targets youth who are too old for formal primary classes at the age of 13 to 30 years who may have missed or dropped out of school. In this program, the eight year primary syllabus is condensed to four years. After completion of the years, the learners join secondary education or vocational school. Bonga/shonglap: aims at empowering adolescent girls between 13 to 19 years who dropped out of school or never had a chance to go to school on their rights, equipping them with life skills, primary health skills including awareness in HIV/AIDs, basic literacy/numeracy and vocational/occupational skills and basic entrepreneurship skills, economically empowering them and thus improving their well-being and promoting self-reliance. Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) Program: This targets people above 18-30 (but there are learners below this age) years old to gain literacy and numeracy and vocational skills to enable them become employable in simple jobs.

Vocational Training (VT): This program aims at equipping the youth and adults with employable skills for self-reliance. Community managed micro finance (CMMF):This programme is to empower poor and vulnerable adult and youth communities with economic and social development skills to enjoy economic security and living dignified life.

Graduation of school drop out Girls in vocational skills such as Tailoring/bed sheets designing , Catering and Saloon for sustainable income to enable them return to school in Morobo