Our Goals & Purpose
Africa ELI WORKS TO ACHIEVE:
- Increased access to education for girls
- Raised student retention rates and reduced at-risk behaviors
- Improved student performance and preparedness for advanced learning courses or employment
By educating the future mothers, teachers, business owners, and leaders of South Sudan, Africa ELI hopes to initiate a ripple effect of benefits permeating family life, relationships, health, and economic development.
When a comprehensive peace agreement was signed in 2005 ending decades of civil war in Sudan, Africa, citizens from the southern 10 states began transitioning from warfare to development and capacity building. Becoming an independent nation in July of 2011, South Sudan began moving toward stability and a more equal, just society as outlined in The South Sudan Development Plan, or SSDP. Objectives were identified in the areas of 1) Governance, 2) Economic Development, 3) Social and Human Development, and 4) Conflict Prevention and Security. Supported by grassroots donors and a World Bank two-year grant, Africa ELI built and opened a school for girls in 2008. Official reports released by the United Nations identify girls in South Sudan as extremely disadvantaged. For reasons based on culture, economics, health and limitations in basic services such as access to water and transport, girls are less likely to enroll in school and more likely to drop out early. Gender inequality is evident in low classroom attendance of girls and even fewer who graduate with a high school diploma. Many girls are looking for alternatives to domestic work or forced marriage and early pregnancy. Adapting to the evolving environment in South Sudan’s post-secession years, Africa ELI has continued to educate girls while broadening our sponsorships to aid young refugees and internally displaced persons affected by conflict in the Nuba Mountains since 2012 and the December 2013-2014 country crisis. Both girls and boys are now supported in their pursuit of a high school education.