The Liliir Education Program’s mission is providing education and building leaders in South Sudan by:
- Establishing a secondary school in the Liliir area (where one currently does not exist)
- Providing scholarships to South Sudanese students to attend universities
The Liliir Education Project emphasizes quality education as a main tool for promoting quality leadership, peace, and development in South Sudan.
Most South Sudanese students drop out of school before finishing primary education. In South Sudan, classes are often held under-trees, students miss long periods with preventable illnesses, most teachers are under-qualified or underfunded, local governments lack resources to build schools, and the majority of students who managed to complete primary education enter the workforce or get married as there is no option for secondary education and university studies. Years of conflict has left South Sudan as one of the most educationally underdeveloped areas in the world.
The Liliir Education Project is raising the level of education by providing scholarships to disadvantaged and war orphan students who cannot afford to pay for their education expenses. We aim to empower youth to become future leaders and activists in their societies. University tuition and fees cost between $1,000- $3,000 per year. The LEP also provides need based living stipends for students with little-to-no family support at a cost of $500- $2,000 per year. Students use these living stipends for rent, transport, meals, internet, toiletries and hygiene products, and medical expenses. All of our students are required to “repay” their scholarship with 1 year of service in South Sudan after university completion. Meet our Students!
Building a High School
School facilities scarcely exist in South Sudan and secondary schools are almost nonexistent. In a country the relative size of Texas, many students in rural areas walk for miles each day to attend inadequate outdoor classrooms. Students are exposed to the elements while studying including high wind, dust storms, and torrential downpours. Existing classrooms in South Sudan usually consist of small huts built with grass thatch. These grass-thatched roof huts often leak when it rains and are potentially hazardous as roofs often fall on students. We aim to establish a secondary school with quality academics and quality teachers.
We realize that university scholarships and a secondary school alone won’t combat and improve all education issues within Alian (Liliir) and South Sudan as a whole. Because of this, we are partnering with other wonderful nonprofits on projects to improve food security and agricultural education for the students (98 percent of the country’s farmers are subsistence farmers and 45 percent of the population have insecure access to food), bring sustainable energy to the village, and provide mosquito nets to villagers to diminish mosquito-born diseases. We have also engaged in relief aid projects delivering over 8,000 pounds of life saving food and material.