Africa Education and Leadership Initiative

We work to make education possible for girls in South Sudan.

We believe education  is essential for people and societies to prosper.  Education creates a ripple effect that benefits family life, relationships, health, and economic development.

With your education, knowledge, and leadership skills, what will you do to create a strong country filled with peace, liberty, and prosperity?

We make education possible

You can help

“My father refused me to go to school. He said it is a waste of money to educate a girl.  He said marriage will bring me respect in the community.  Now I have grown up and I know that this is not true.  I cannot get work to support my children and I see girls who have some education can get jobs.” 

A young woman in South Sudan, as reported by Human Rights Watch

Why we focus on girls

South Sudanese girls are particularly at risk for educational deprivation.

70% of girls are not enrolled in secondary school.

60% of girls age 15-24 are illiterate.

52% of South Sudanese girls are married before their 18th birthday.

Africa ELI makes education possible through


Direct support to schools

Meeting students’ academic and daily needs

Sponsoring academic and life-skills programs

Providing individual focus to each student

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