Girls Leadership Development


I am a small child, but I am the person of the future.

I am the goodness of my land and I will do my best.

Teach me that my mind may accept the word of learning.

Learning is power; learning is the best in life today ever.

Rebecca Ajah Makuach, P6, Ayak Anguei Primary School“    

If the World Were My Classroom” Anthology

Only 0.8% of girls in South Sudan complete elementary school, ranking South Sudan among the world’s worst for gender parity. UNESCO 2011


We are helping girls and women fulfill their dreams of education and personal choice with a participatory voice in their communities. PESS has developed the Girls’ Leadership Development Program (GLD), designed to support girls at Ayak Anguei Girls’ Primary Boarding and Tong Pagook Co-ed Primary Schools. The program will address female leadership development through a Student Government for Girls by Girls program, and a girls Health Education Initiative focusing on feminine hygiene, reproductive rights and HIV education to support a girl’s ability to be a healthy active member of society.

PESS believes working with the school female staff on the following initiatives will develop South Sudanese girls with higher self-esteem and confidence that will allow them to become student representatives in the community decision making process. Girls will learn to network with others, gain greater self-knowledge, and develop the skills to become the future female leaders of their country.

Student Government for Girls by Girls

From CARE’s competency-based approach to leadership development implemented in three stages. Each stage will integrate a holistic approach utilizing conflict resolution strategies.

  • Stage 1: Competency Development – Girls will learn about themselves and each other in relationship to their school and community. They will learn to understand and articulate the diverse qualities each girl brings to a team
  • Stage 2: Relationship and Network Building – To encourage relationship building among girls towards the purpose of identifying a shared vision
  • Stage 3: Civic Action – For girls to take ownership and identify a problem in their school and community and present a demonstration solution project

Girls Health Initiative

Designed to support girls through a focus on Feminine Hygiene/HIV Education, reproductive rights, and a Feminine Hygiene Sanitary Pad Vocational Program

  • • HIV education/ feminine hygiene awareness
  • • Reproductive health education curriculum
  • • Pad production and vocational training program


Current Statistics on the Status of Women and Girls in South Sudan

  • • One of the lowest female literacy rates in the world. Nearly 90% of all females are illiterate.
    UNICEF 2011
  • • A young girl in South Sudan is 3 times more likely to die in childbirth than she is to get 8 years of basic education.
    UNICEF 2011
  • • It is estimated that only 1 child out of 10 completes primary school, with girls half as likely to complete as boys.
    UNESCO 2011
  • • School attendance for females is 28%, compared to 47% for males.
    UNESCO 2011
  • • Girls as young as 12 are forced into marriage, despite the passage of the Child Act, which prohibits child marriage

Project Education South Sudan    P.O. Box 6851    Denver, Colorado 80206

(303) 316-4528