Education to Change a Nation
Celebrate Nurse Abuk, a Graduate Through PESS
Project Education South Sudan is so very proud of you Abuk!
An interview with Abuk and Mama Carol Ayen tong Pagook, Co-Founder of Project Education South Sudan:
Q: Why did you become a nurse?
A: It had been my dream to become heath care provider since I was in primary but by then I didn’t know different professions in health sector. When I joined secondary school I made up my mind to be a nurse, but still I didn’t know how to go about it. In a year 2014 when my late father got admitted in Juba teaching hospital, seeing nurses providing care to patients gave me a big courage to be in this humble profession. I chose this profession with the desire to serve individuals, families and communities to achieve their physical, mental and potential well-being in whatever situation and environment they are living. I can say this profession is a call from God.
Want to hear more? Read the full interview.
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:
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.
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.
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.