Empowering Young Women Through Education

Emmy Award winning journalist Tamara Banks takes a look at life in South Sudan for young women who participate in Project Education South Sudan’s scholarship program. Take a three minute trip to South Sudan through Tamara’s news coverage. Watch the video now.

Education to Change a Nation

Education cannot wait for the ongoing conflict in South Sudan to end. Project Education South Sudan, PESS, believes that developing educated young leaders is the only sustainable way to end the cycle of violence South Sudan is experiencing. PESS is led by a former South Sudanese Lost Boy – now a college educated United States citizen – working on the ground in rural South Sudan. As a result, PESS is uniquely positioned to partner with South Sudanese communities as they educate their girls, create their own new leaders, and maintain essential educational infrastructure. Our vision is “education to change a nation” and here is what we do:

Girls Education
Girls’ Education

Inside the classroom and out, we empower girls with the skills they need to build a better future. We support girls in secondary school, including after-school tutoring and special programs to bond their “girl” community and encourage global awareness. HIV/AIDS awareness and menstrual management programs are part of our programming as well.

Leadership Development
Leadership Development

Girl leadership development, teacher education, health management programs which “train trainers”, and workshops in financial literacy and other economic skills are the core of our indigenous leadership empowerment. These programs are primarily led by South Sudanese and created with a local context.

Community Infrastructure
Community Infrastructure

The physical development we support maintains schools, makes water more accessible, frees girls for education by shortening their daily tasks, and allows communities to build themselves from the ground up.


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