Our Story

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ngor majak anyieth, founder & ceo

I grew up just outside the town of Bor, South Sudan, and I started primary school in 2000. At the time, many schools had been destroyed by the civil war, and I used to walk an hour to get to the closest school. When I was in Grade 4, I had to make a decision: I could either leave my family to pursue an education, or I could stay in South Sudan where I knew the chances of attending secondary school were slim.

In 2005, I left my home for Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, where I attended primary and secondary school. I lived there for six years. I later had the opportunity to attend African Leadership Academy in South Africa and the University of Notre Dame in the United States. It was through these experiences that I recognized the power of education—and the opportunities that South Sudanese youth are deprived of without access to proper schooling. I started Education Bridge because I want to increase access to education in South Sudan.

But I know that the conflict in South Sudan cannot be solved by education alone. South Sudan has a long history of ethnic violence. I remember that as a child, I used to despise and distrust people from different ethnic communities. I was only able to change this mindset through my experience living in Kakuma Refugee Camp, where I interacted with people from different ethnic groups in South Sudan. My aim for Education Bridge is to bring this same experience to South Sudanese youth. Our hope is that the interactions we foster in our schools will help break stereotypes that fuel ethnic conflict, and create new narratives of peace. Short term, Education Bridge intends to create peace ambassadors: people to challenge the dominant biased narrative. Long term, we want to create a South Sudan that finds pride and richness in its diversity.

 

Sincerely,

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We want to create a South Sudan that finds pride and richness in its diversity.
 

Majak's high school, African Leadership Academyproduced the below video to highlight his work with Education Bridge. 

 

Our Team

Ngor Majak Anyieth, Founder & CEO Majak is currently a student at the University of Notre Dame, studying Pre-Medical Sciences and Education. He was raised in South Sudan, until he left for Kenya in 2005. Majak received most of his education in Kakuma Refugee Camp and later at the African Leadership Academy in South Africa. Before founding Education Bridge, he helped to organize youth empowerment projects in Kakuma and worked with Build South Sudan, a youth-led initiative that teaches entrepreneurship. Majak is a former fellow of New Scholars and a current fellow of the Echoing Green Fellowship. 

Ngor Majak Anyieth, Founder & CEO

Majak is currently a student at the University of Notre Dame, studying Pre-Medical Sciences and Education. He was raised in South Sudan, until he left for Kenya in 2005. Majak received most of his education in Kakuma Refugee Camp and later at the African Leadership Academy in South Africa. Before founding Education Bridge, he helped to organize youth empowerment projects in Kakuma and worked with Build South Sudan, a youth-led initiative that teaches entrepreneurship. Majak is a former fellow of New Scholars and a current fellow of the Echoing Green Fellowship

James Mabior, Director of Programs James was a child soldier of the Second Sudanese Civil War. In 1992, James traveled to Ethiopia and later to Kenya where he received most of his education. He later returned to South Sudan and served as a volunteer teacher in several primary schools before enrolling at the University of Bahr El-Ghazel, where he received a B.A. in Education in 2013. He then served as a senior teacher at Royal Junior Academy, accumulating more than ten years of experience in education. James oversees Education Bridge's programs in South Sudan and also serves as the Managing Director for Greenbelt Academy.

James Mabior, Director of Programs

James was a child soldier of the Second Sudanese Civil War. In 1992, James traveled to Ethiopia and later to Kenya where he received most of his education. He later returned to South Sudan and served as a volunteer teacher in several primary schools before enrolling at the University of Bahr El-Ghazel, where he received a B.A. in Education in 2013. He then served as a senior teacher at Royal Junior Academy, accumulating more than ten years of experience in education. James oversees Education Bridge's programs in South Sudan and also serves as the Managing Director for Greenbelt Academy.

Jenny Ng, Director of Development Originally from Hong Kong, Jenny graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with B.A. in Honors Political Science. At Notre Dame, she was a Greater China Scholar, Kellogg International Scholar and CUSE Sorin Scholar. Jenny is the recipient of the Yenching Scholars Fellowship, and is currently completing an M.A. in Public Policy at Peking University. She draws on her experience as the Vice President of International Programming at the Student International Business Council, as an analyst at Deutsche Bank in New York, and conducting research in India, Cuba, Tibet, among other locations.

Jenny Ng, Director of Development

Originally from Hong Kong, Jenny graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with B.A. in Honors Political Science. At Notre Dame, she was a Greater China Scholar, Kellogg International Scholar and CUSE Sorin Scholar. Jenny is the recipient of the Yenching Scholars Fellowship, and is currently completing an M.A. in Public Policy at Peking University. She draws on her experience as the Vice President of International Programming at the Student International Business Council, as an analyst at Deutsche Bank in New York, and conducting research in India, Cuba, Tibet, among other locations.

Our Board of Directors

Steve Reifenberg Steve is the Executive Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. At the Keough School, he is co-director of the Integration Lab (i-Lab). Before coming to Notre Dame in February 2010, he worked for nearly two decades on international education, negotiation and development issues at Harvard University. From 1996 to 2002, Steve served as the Executive Director of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Steve also served as the Director of the Edward S. Mason Program in Public Policy and Management, jointly administered by the Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Institute for International Development.

Steve Reifenberg

Steve is the Executive Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. At the Keough School, he is co-director of the Integration Lab (i-Lab). Before coming to Notre Dame in February 2010, he worked for nearly two decades on international education, negotiation and development issues at Harvard University. From 1996 to 2002, Steve served as the Executive Director of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Steve also served as the Director of the Edward S. Mason Program in Public Policy and Management, jointly administered by the Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Institute for International Development.

Katie Anthony Katie became involved in Education Bridge through her friendships with the African Leadership Academy students attending Notre Dame. Katie and her husband John are the founding owners of Anthony Travel, LLC, which specializes in travel for universities, athletic teams and events. As a MBA and CPA, much of her expertise is financial. Katie is also actively involved in many other good causes, including the St. Joseph County Community Foundation, the Riley Hospital Foundation, the Saint Joseph High School Board, the Congregation of Holy Cross Strategic Leadership Committee, the Center for the Homeless, and more.

Katie Anthony

Katie became involved in Education Bridge through her friendships with the African Leadership Academy students attending Notre Dame. Katie and her husband John are the founding owners of Anthony Travel, LLC, which specializes in travel for universities, athletic teams and events. As a MBA and CPA, much of her expertise is financial. Katie is also actively involved in many other good causes, including the St. Joseph County Community Foundation, the Riley Hospital Foundation, the Saint Joseph High School Board, the Congregation of Holy Cross Strategic Leadership Committee, the Center for the Homeless, and more.

Richard Klee Richard is an instructor and doctoral candidate in Theology at the University of Notre Dame, and is an adjunct faculty member with the Westville Educational Initative, offering Notre Dame and Holy Cross College courses to inmates of Westville Correctional Facility.  He holds degrees from Yale University and Notre Dame, and has held fellowships at the Universitaet Eberhard-Karls in Tuebingen, Germany, and the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures at Notre Dame.  His work in the non-profit sector has included direction of a school of English as a Second Language and service on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in Western Oregon.

Richard Klee

Richard is an instructor and doctoral candidate in Theology at the University of Notre Dame, and is an adjunct faculty member with the Westville Educational Initative, offering Notre Dame and Holy Cross College courses to inmates of Westville Correctional Facility.  He holds degrees from Yale University and Notre Dame, and has held fellowships at the Universitaet Eberhard-Karls in Tuebingen, Germany, and the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures at Notre Dame.  His work in the non-profit sector has included direction of a school of English as a Second Language and service on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in Western Oregon.

Our Board of Advisors

T.J. D'Agostino T.J. is the Associate Director of ACE Haiti. Since 2010, he has helped lead a Notre Dame initiative to strengthen Catholic education in Haiti, supporting inquiry and practice in large-scale projects in Haitian education ranging from whole school improvement of rural schools to supporting design, implementation, and research in teacher training and literacy. He has interest in the early grade reading, rural school improvement, instructional technology, and the role of non-public networks in international development and education. He earned his B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame and is pursuing a doctorate in K-12 Education Leadership and Policy through the Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University.

T.J. D'Agostino

T.J. is the Associate Director of ACE HaitiSince 2010, he has helped lead a Notre Dame initiative to strengthen Catholic education in Haiti, supporting inquiry and practice in large-scale projects in Haitian education ranging from whole school improvement of rural schools to supporting design, implementation, and research in teacher training and literacy. He has interest in the early grade reading, rural school improvement, instructional technology, and the role of non-public networks in international development and education. He earned his B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame and is pursuing a doctorate in K-12 Education Leadership and Policy through the Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University.

Chris Bradford Chris is the Founder and CEO of African Leadership Academy, an institution that seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting future generations of leaders from across the continent. Chris brings a hybrid background in business and education to his work designing and building educational institutions of excellence. He previously worked with the Procter and Gamble Company, the Boston Consulting Group, The Broad Foundation, and at Oundle School. Chris holds a BA degree summa cum laude in Economics from Yale University and an MBA and M.A. in Education from Stanford University. In 2011, he won the inaugural Siebel Scholars Impact Award for his work developing African Leadership Academy.

Chris Bradford

Chris is the Founder and CEO of African Leadership Academy, an institution that seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting future generations of leaders from across the continent. Chris brings a hybrid background in business and education to his work designing and building educational institutions of excellence. He previously worked with the Procter and Gamble Company, the Boston Consulting Group, The Broad Foundation, and at Oundle School. Chris holds a BA degree summa cum laude in Economics from Yale University and an MBA and M.A. in Education from Stanford University. In 2011, he won the inaugural Siebel Scholars Impact Award for his work developing African Leadership Academy.

Rev. Paul Kollman Father Kollman is the Executive Director of the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and is a Fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Kollman’s research focuses on African Christianity, mission history, and world Christianity, and he has carried out research in eastern Africa, Nigeria, and South Africa, as well as in archives in Europe and the United States. Father Kollman received his B.A. and M.Div. degrees from the University of Notre Dame and his doctorate from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Rev. Paul Kollman

Father Kollman is the Executive Director of the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and is a Fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Kollman’s research focuses on African Christianity, mission history, and world Christianity, and he has carried out research in eastern Africa, Nigeria, and South Africa, as well as in archives in Europe and the United States. Father Kollman received his B.A. and M.Div. degrees from the University of Notre Dame and his doctorate from the University of Chicago Divinity School.