Ariang Primary School

More than half of all school age children are not in school. (Source: UNICEF).

73% of girls in South Sudan do not go to school and is considered the toughest country in the world for a girl to receive an education. (Source: One Campaign).

58% of South Sudan primary teachers are untrained. (Source: UNICEF).

Despite the challenges of operating in a post-conflict environment, HOPE for Ariang Foundation is committed to advancing its mission and program services by providing access to quality education in South Sudan. HOPE for Ariang completed the Ariang School building in 2011, the first of its kind in the village. Today, more than 650 students in Class 1 to 8 are able to learn inside classrooms rather than under trees.

A school is more than a building!

With Ariang Primary School building completed, HOPE for Ariang Foundation’s real work has just begun. A quality education requires so much more than bricks and mortar or school building. Educational excellence is determined by the quality instruction, effective administration, and availability of relevant instructional materials.

Our Dream for Ariang School:

Education in the shadow of civil war requires a holistic approach. Our vision is for Ariang School to become a center for community development and serve as a hub for community dialogue, and mobilization for addressing other social, economic and health issues. Starting in 2013, we started providing stable, nutritious meals for the children which are supplemented by the World Food Program. Our hope is to add a school-based health clinic with a school nurse and health educator to teach and promote basic hygiene and sanitation in the school. All school children would receive vaccinations and weekly recreational opportunities. Because of the prolonged war, a generation of South Sudanese adults was deprived of basic education. Therefore, our vision is to provide adult education in order to develop the village. Adults in the community would have the opportunity to attend classes in the evening and learn skills in tailoring, masonry, and basic computer skills.

Lastly, we recognize the need for a Secondary School. When our students graduate from Ariang Primary School, there are limited Secondary School options for them. The closest school is a long walking distance, overcrowded, and lacks qualified teachers. Our vision is to establish Ariang Secondary School so that we can ensure that our students receive a quality education all the way through Grade 12!