As part of Global Diaspora Week 2015 Tiagha & Associates hosted an art/film/mixed media auction to bring awareness to the organization, Rescue South Sudan, (RSSVP) and to raise funds for the building of their school in Yirol, South Sudan.
Help us to bring education to children in Majok-Chedhiop village in Africa, South Sudan.
South Sudan has the second lowest level of primary school enrollment in the world and the lowest level of secondary school enrollment. It is estimated that more than one million primary school aged children, mostly from rural areas, are not in school, while the few schools that do exist are not conducive to learning. Low rates of primary school completion and high gender, geographic and wealth disparities pose enormous challenges to the development of new young nation South Sudan.
Less than 400-600 girls are enrolled in the last grade of secondary school. Early marriage and other socio-cultural practices act to inhibit education for girls and result in gender disparities. Approximately 85 percent of the one million out of school children in the country are from pastoralist families. Children from the wealthiest families are 15 percent more likely to begin primary school than their counterparts from the poorest families. Compounding the problem, children that are lucky enough to be in school learn very little.
Lack of books is a huge issue that students in South Sudan have to share textbooks, and sometimes up to ten students might be trying to read the same book. A shortage of books, along with overcrowding in classrooms about 40-60 students per one classroom, overcrowding in classrooms has led to many youngsters failing to complete their primary education. Estimates by the World Bank indicate that less than eight percent of students tested in grade six were able to achieve higher than 50 percent on a basic Mathematics test, and 30 percent on a Basic English test.
The adult literate rate in South Sudan is 27% with 40% males able to read and 13% women. 80% of children aged six to 17 years have never set foot in a classroom. The completion rate in primary schools is less than 20%, one of the lowest in the world. Gender equality is another challenge; with only 30% of girls in schools. Many of the schools are neglected and lacking resources. It’s worth noting that only 13% of primary schools offer the full primary cycle, from grade one to eight. The chronic shortage of qualified teachers is a serious challenge in South Sudan that directly impedes learning. Many of the teachers haven’t finished primary school themselves. Female teachers, important to improving education for girls, represent just 12 percent of all teachers.
Rescue South Sudan Village People (RSSVP) aims to improve these staggering statistics by providing high-quality education based on the American Common Core Standards. RSSVP currently raising funds to offer to build school building for preschool and kindergarten; our plan is to providing educational and developmental programs for children from ages six to 17. For the next school year, beginning in August 2016, we want to open the 1st grade to 4th grade. Our plan is to continue expanding the school until it becomes a full K-12th grade program.
In order to expand our school by August 2017, so that our current students may continue their education with us, we need your help. We aim to enroll 20-40 students into our 1st grade class and we have a lot of costs to fulfill in order to provide them with a high-quality education. We need to develop a new curriculum; hire and train new teachers; purchase new furniture, school supplies, uniforms, and much more.
$80,000—For a cost to build school building for K-12th
$10,000—Nutritious meals, for 250 students
$7,500—School Uniforms for 250 students
$5,000—School supplies for 250 students
$2,500—Fill a classroom with books for 250 students
$2,000—Teacher training and salary for 4 teachers
Education is one of the main priorities for the people of South Sudan, because communities see education as the most important to bring peace among communities and educated youths.
-Abraham and Isaac Majak