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.