Our aim as a college is to raise enough funds to build a school for children in Rumbek in South Sudan, in line with the opening of the South West College Erne Campus in 2020.
On July 9, 2011, with significant backing from the United States, South Sudan became independent of northern Sudan and sought its future as the newest country – and newest democracy – in the world.
This happy moment followed decades of civil war with the former dominant north that killed over two million people, mostly civilian black African southerners, and displaced at least four million more southerners.
At this time, however, South Sudan faces an uncertain future as a functional democracy. According to the World Bank, literacy in South Sudan is the lowest in the world: 73% of the population is illiterate and illiteracy stands at a staggering 84% for women. The aspirations of the South Sudan people have been made even more difficult due to internal conflict that broke out between its leaders in late 2013, causing widespread civilian suffering, human rights violations and loss of educational and economic infrastructure.
South West College’s Education Foundation for South Sudan hopes to help the country move forward with the ambitions it set in 2011.
Sometimes we have to stop and take a moment to realise how lucky we really are and to be inspired by other people’s brave actions!
The college has formed a strong relationship with a missionary volunteer called John Skinnader. John has vast experience of working with cross denominational groups to develop and promote education in South Sudan, and as fate would have it, he has strong links to Enniskillen and the South West region. John is delighted to work with us on this project and will be able to keep us up-to-date on developments in the region, communicating through live chats with staff & students, the WOW Blog and Front Page Friday. This is an ideal way to make this project real for staff and students.
Together we can achieve this…
In one of John’s recent emails, he explained the reality of life in Rumbek:
“I have 2 primary schools in the area, a 600 pupil’s primary school, started 6 years ago and an all-girls primary school, just starting. When I transferred to the region, I was shocked to find that there are no toilets for the students in either of the schools, so I have been working on getting temporary toilets built for both schools.
“The reason the authorities give as to why there are no toilets at the schools, is that the children do not have breakfast before leaving home and they do not get lunch in school -so they did not need toilets! However, now through a Scottish organisation called – Mary’s Meals, children get lunch – so they need toilets so I am fighting to seek funding for them at present!
“The school facilities are far from perfect as you can see in the video. Your college’s support to build a new school will make such a huge difference to the lives of these children. Many of whom walk more than 7 miles just to get to school.”
If you or your students would like to get involved please email The Education Foundation for South Sudan: email@example.com
Wednesday 19th December: 10.30 – 11.30am, all Campuses
This Christmas as part of the College’s drive to raise money for our new charity ‘The Education Foundation for South Sudan’, we have decided to have a large Christmas fundraiser that will add a bit of festive fun, to all campuses!
Cookstown Campus – Joanne Lucas
Dungannon Campus – Sheila Lynd
Enniskillen Campus – Sonya Power
Omagh Campus – Breidge Morrison
Technology & Skills Centre – Deborah Brown
Deadline for participation: Wednesday 5th December.