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SOUTH SUDAN: New High School Will Educate and House Girls

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Project Overview

Education gives vulnerable girls an opportunity to improve their lives 

Timeline: 1 year

Spiritual Engagement: 500

Community Engagement: 5,040

Anticipated Lives Impacted: 5,540

Total Amount Requested: $72,800

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In their own words:

“Many people, including children, here in Apanda have died because of hunger, Holistic lack of clean water and poor health. Today we are very, very happy, to receive relief food for the first time. We are now hopeful because we will have something to eat. We thank God because [the] diocese of Aweil remembered us and brought the food. I feel honored for the gift of food and give thanks to God.” — Rebecca, from Apanda, an internally displaced people camp in Aweil, South Sudan


As a result of war, many South Sudanese women are now heads of their households and lack any income, skills, education or recognized property and inheritance rights. Education levels among girls and women are shockingly low. Fewer than 10 percent of all teachers are women, making it more difficult to achieve gender parity in education and society.


Millions of school-aged children in South Sudan do not attend school, with attendance lowest among girls. By not going to schools, girls are more liked to be forced into early marriage. As young mothers, they and their children tend to suffer from poor health and nutrition. In South Sudan, internal insecurity and conflict continue to disrupt education. School infrastructure in Aweli is poorly maintained because of the war and only few schools have trained teachers. The children, and particularly girls, need a safe place to gain a quality education that paves their way for a better life ahead of them.


The Anglican Diocese of Aweil and Abyei will construct the first phase of a girls’ secondary school for 320 students. The project includes a dormitory
that will provide 40 students with affordable and safe accommodations.

Life Impact

This project benefits 5,540 people, some through multiple impacts:

Spiritual Engagement:

500 girls will demonstrate willingness to engage with the Scriptures by participating in the diocese’s evangelism programs

Community Engagement:

A total of 5,040 people in the community will benefit from the new high school and dorm, including 40 girls who access affordable and safe dormitory accommodations and 5,000 people who benefit from increased economic activity in and around the school

Project Design

This project marks the first phase of construction by the diocese of Aweil and Abyei of a girls high school in Aweil town. This phase includes construction of a block of eight classrooms, a girls dormitory and an administration block. A competitive bidding process will be used to select a qualified construction contractor. The diocese will hire an architect to design the building and submit it to government engineers for approval. Diocesan leaders will also hire skilled artisans for specific needs. Local church members will provide free labor during all phases of construction. A five- person project management committee that includes a qualified engineer will oversee construction.

The project will take about nine months. Upon completion, government officials will inspect the building and issue a completion certificate. The dormitory will be divided into 24 rooms and accommodate up to 40 girls who will pay boarding fees up front. Fees are consistent with the Ministry of Education’s guidelines for public schools and cover their food, teacher’s salary, maintenance and supplies. The students will also pay a security deposit. Any income from the school will be used exclusively for school expenses. Diocesan ministry and evangelism expenses are funded and managed separately. Evangelism efforts will result in 500 girls engaging with the Scriptures, including those who live in the new dormitory. They will also receive a good education in a nurturing Christian environment. Some 5,000 people living nearby will benefit from increased economic activity within and around the school through petty trade and supply of goods and services.

Measuring impact: Diocesan staff will oversee construction and compile quarterly progress and expense reports. The Diocesan Development Committee will meet quarterly to evaluate construction progress and then, upon completion, determine the center’s effectiveness at meeting project goals.

Track Record

The Diocese of Aweil and Abyei has started five primary schools that enroll 1,200 pupils. The diocese is also the lead implementing partner for an inter-church project assisting abducted children rescued from domestic slavery. The project offers residential care for 28 children and support to 75 others who live with foster families in the local community.

Project Budget

Walls: $21,000

Floor: $15,000

Land: (Funding provided locally: $12,2501)

Roofing: $9,000

Windows and doors: $7,800

Research and evaluation: $7,800

Labor and administration: (Funding provided locally: 6,500)

Ceiling: $5,000

Contractor’s fees: $4,875

Landscaping and fencing: $2,325

Total: $72,800 (Additional funding provided locally: $18,750)

1The land for the school has already been secured; it was contributed by the community.

Risk Analysis

Low: 1, Low/Medium: 2, Medium: 3, Medium/High: 4, High: 5

Concept: Risk Level 1

This project addresses financial, social and cultural barriers by providing girls with an affordable opportunity for secondary education. It also demonstrates the church’s value for educating girls.

Program Design and Experience: Risk Level 2

The Diocese of Aweil and Abyei has a strong track record in education. It opened and currently operates five primary schools with a population of 1,200 pupils. The diocesan bishop and synod have endorsed this project. Once completed, the hostel will house only 40 girls, which remains low compared to the need. In addition, parents will have to pay the girls’ school fees, which remains a challenge for many living in these marginalized communities.

Leadership: Risk Level 1

Project leaders have the skills and experience necessary for managing a variety of complex projects, including this one. They oversaw the successful construction of five primary schools that enroll a total of 1,200 pupils.

Financial Control: Risk Level 4

The diocese has stable management and secure financial transfer methods. Its financial statements are not externally audited and the diocese lacks an independent board because all board members belong to the Anglican Church. The diocese ended 2012 in a deficit. It is also a concern that it took longer than usual to get unaudited financial accounts from the leaders of the Diocese of Aweil and Abyei. The diocese should put in place a financial management system that will track revenues and expenditures.

Sustainability: Risk Level 2

This project covers the first phase of construction. The diocese will need additional funds for the second phase.

External: Risk Level 4

Numerous challenges remain in implementing education interventions in South Sudan. Poor infrastructure and insecurity increase costs and cause delays in delivering supplies. Qualified teachers can be hard to find because less than 40 percent of teachers have proper training. Local and personal emergencies can interfere with school attendance. Also impacting this area is the fact that a referendum was to be held in 2011 to determine the status of Abyei — whether it will be part of Sudan or South Sudan. That referendum has not taken part and the continued delay has the  potential for conflict, which could disrupt this program.

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