An estimated 1.5 million or more people in Sudan have died due to the civil war and other related causes such as famine, diseases etc. Another 2 million are either displaced or living as refugees in neighboring countries and overseas. As a result of the civil war, infrastructure has been destroyed, social and economic base disrupted, while throwing previously active human and institutional capacities into disuse.
The fundamental objective here is to educate and train young Southern Sudanese who will in future spearhead the reconstruction, rehabilitation and development of the post-civil war Southern Sudan in all areas of sustained development, particularly in the rural areas.
In order to avoid dependency on handouts or persistent inactivity caused by this displacement, we give the refugees the capacity to be productive forces in their communities. By providing education to refugees we are trying to reduce the trauma of displacement, and gradually build infrastructures within the community to be functional. We encourage adults to take carry out their responsibilities towards their children and lead normal or quasi-normal life styles.
As for the youth and others out of school, we cater to this group as the majority do not have any skills to contribute to their welfare or that of their families. A whole generation of Southern Sudanese youth born during the 1960s and subsequent years is being denied the right to self-fulfilling education. The skills and knowledge gained by the refugees through such training can be quickly utilized when the refugees return home.
Lack of education among women has been identified as the main cause of early fertility as well as economic crisis in families. Primary and lower secondary education reduce poverty by increasing the productivity of the poor, by reducing fertility and improving health, and by equipping people with the skills they need to participate fully in the economic development, and in society. Participation of girls in the education system brings gains in terms of economic development, improve community health and national welfare.
In sub-Saharan Africa the percentage of literacy among women is very low. Only 13% are able to read and write, while the figure among men is 45%.