Girls and Schools

Monday February 29, 2016

Girls and Schools

Like South Sudanese boys, South Sudanese girls should attend school and be able to access an expanding world of knowledge and possibility. The key to peace and prosperity for our country is the cultivation of hope in an alternative future for millions of our young people. To realise this vision we will have to work together to nurture ever larger numbers of young people who have the knowledge, education, networks and aptitude to shape a brave new world, and to guide their country into it.

This is not just a matter of individual advancement. It is crucial for breaking with the tragedies of the past, and forging a lasting peace from which the many can expect a dividend. It is vital that individuals of all genders gain the capacity in education, networks and confidence to bring about a society and economy that can plausibly promise justice and prosperity for all. Gender imbalances in the provision of education services, or in the staffing of the institutions of peace, progress and prosperity are not just grossly unjust, their exclusions make the task of moving into a new, just and inclusive future a difficult one.

At HDC we view institutions of learning as the most important part of the national infrastructure. In camps and in cities, we participate with our partners to invest in the construction and reconstruction of our schools.

2.2 m
persons displaced across South Sudan since December 2013
HDC works in camps to provide food, shelter, livelihoods and protection services
The mission of HDC is to support vulnerable people affected by crises to attain dignified and prosperous lives through impactful community resilience and practical, innovative programs.
HDC is honoured to partner with
DanChurch Aid, CARE South Sudan, CARE Netherlands, Government of The Netherlands
HDC has been an
active national NGO in East Africa for ten-years
– a clear track record of strong commitment to the communities we serve.
Last year HDC
worked with over 30,000 people in need across South Sudan.
is honoured to partner with many organizations,
According to UNICEF, 72%
of children in South Sudan did not have access to school last year.
A girl in South Sudan
is 2X less likely to have access to education than a boy.
Today in South Sudan
less than 1% of girls will complete their education.
of people in South Sudan have access to sanitation facilities
HDC constructs sanitary facilities and conducts advocacy interventions that endorse better hygiene practices
2 million
South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)
5.1 million people
are facing severe food insecurity today (IPC)
2.4 m
face severe food insecurity due to displacement and adverse climate
HDC supports improved resilience and productivity by distributing seeds, inputs and implements
1.9 million people
are displaced in South Sudan (OCHA)