Problem & Issue
South Sudan is the youngest country in the world. It became independent in 2011, following a referendum which ended two decades of civil war in the Sudan. As a result of this conflict, South Sudan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world at merely 27%. Further more, the last six (6) years of independence have been marked by extreme violence, mainly ethnic, which is threatening to tear the country apart. Since 2013, more than 3.6 millions people have been displaced and tens of thousands dead. Today, South Sudanese are still hanging onto hope that peace will soon return, while also dealing with the challenges each day brings. Unfortunately, every atrocity only widens the gap of division among our communities.
Our Mission & Vision
Education Bridge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that builds and operates schools in South Sudan. As an organization, we seek to create flourishing South Sudanese communities through peacebuilding and holistic education.
Our vision is twofold:
- Provide education to youth in South Sudan
- Promote peace-building and conflict resolution skills among our students
Education Bridge's Theory of Change
We design, build & operate schools in South Sudan. The country has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world at merely 27%.
We recruit and enroll students from different ethnic groups. South Sudan has 64 distinct ethnic groups which hardly interact and have extreme hostilities.
We provide high quality education, promote inter-ethnic interaction and equip students with conflict resolution & leadership skills.
More educated citizens who can challenge stereotypes & show appreciation for ethnic diversity. A more peaceful and flourishing country.
· Summer 2016 – bought land and started construction of first school. Interviewed and hired 10 locally based teachers.
· December 2016 – Finished school construction. Officially registered as a US-based 501(c)(3).
· February 6th 2017 – School opened! We now serve 240 students.
· April 2017 – transported 10 donated laptops and 80 sanitary pad kits to school.
· CURRENT PROJECT: Installing solar panels so that our school can have electricity.