SOUTH SUDAN / GIRLS EDUCATION

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As the world marks the International Day of the Girl, girls in South Sudan are hoping that there will be lasting peace in their country, so they can achieve their dreams. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / GIRLS EDUCATION
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 05/07/08/ OCTOBER 2018, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

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08 OCTOBER,2018, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Wide shot, homestead in Malakal
2. Med shot, Aben in a rickety structure, preparing tea
3. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Aben Kon Guon, 16-year-old St. Lwanga Primary School Malakal pupil:
“I wake up; I put the teapot on fire; then I take tea – I brush my teeth first – I take a shower, then I come to school, after taking tea.”
4. Med shot, Aben taking tea
5. Wide shot, Aben walking to school
6. Med shot, Aben reading/writing in a book

07 OCTOBER 2018, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

7. Close up, face and tilt down Aben washing clothes
8. Med shot, Aben fetching water
9. Wide shot, Aben being helped to carry a water jerrycan

08 OCTOBER 2018, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Aben Kon Guon, 16-year-old St. Lwanga Primary School Malakal pupil:
“If there is peace I will be able to achieve my education goals. I will be able to come to school and learn in peace, so I will be able to get all that I want if there is peace, but if there is no peace I cannot get it. Like during the crisis I slid back a lot; I would have been in Primary Eight or secondary school, but the war brought me back to start from Primary Three again and to continue.”
11. Wide shot, primary six class
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Aben Kon Guon, 16-year-old St. Lwanga Primary School Malakal pupil
“Girls have the rights and they should be given all they deserve, so that they study well. For instance, if there are no good teachers here then we want good teachers to teach us. I was in Bender Primary School before. There was no good teaching in Bender, no teachers to teach well so I moved here to St. Lwanga.
13. Wide shot, class room primary six
14. Med shot, Aben in class
15. SOUNDBITE (ARABIC) Aben Kon Guon, 16-year-old St. Lwanga Primary School Malakal pupil
“I can protect myself – like if a boy approaches me and says he likes me, I will say to him, ‘No! No! I am in school – see my books I want to study because I have a future, don’t spoil my future. I am young with ambition and I want to climb to greater heights and I can only do this through education’ – I can tell him that.”

05 OCTOBER 2018 MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

16. Wide shot, singers including Aben in group of Child Rights Club of St. Lwanga.
17. SOUNDBITE (English/Arabic) Aben Kon Guon, 16-year-old St. Lwanga Primary School Malakal pupil
“The Child Rights Club empowering the Girl child, preaching the peace or building peace – they tell us so; how we can stay together as friends without fighting among ourselves, but to play and enjoy together. We always come together and feel that there is peace, learning together and everything going well, nothing missing, and we play and get happy sit, learn and play together. We celebrate and share together in peace.”
18. Med shot, Aben and friends checking book
19. Wide shot, Aben and friends together walking

STORYLINE:

As the world marks the International Day of the Girl, girls in South Sudan are hoping that there will be lasting peace in their country, so they can achieve their dreams. Years of war have exposed girls to horrible incidents of sexual violence, while stunting their educational program.

Sixteen-year-old Aben Kon Guon lives in rickety structures with her two brothers, mother, and grandmother.

Aben’s daily schedule is scant and predictable.

SOUNDBITE (English) Aben Kon Guon, 16-year-old St. Lwanga Primary School Malakal pupil:
“I wake up; I put the teapot on fire; then I take tea – I brush my teeth first – I take a shower, then I come to school, after taking tea.”

But there is more to Aben’s daily life than just preparing for and going to school.

After school, she has more reading and chores to contend with at home.

But that does not worry her as much as the absence of peace in her country, South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Aben Kon Guon, 16-year-old St. Lwanga Primary School Malakal pupil:
“If there is peace I will be able to achieve [my education goals]. I will be able to come to school and learn in peace, so I will be able to get all that I want if there is peace, but if there is no peace I cannot get it. Like during the crisis I slid back a lot; I would have been in Primary Eight or secondary school, but the war brought me back to start from Primary Three again and to continue.”

Although she lags behind – being at least three levels below where she should be – she remains determined, with her eyes on the ultimate prize.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Aben Kon Guon, 16-year-old St. Lwanga Primary School Malakal pupil:
“Girls have the rights and they should be given all they deserve, so that they study well. For instance, if there are no good teachers here then we want good teachers to teach us. I was in Bender Primary School before. There was no good teaching in Bender, no teachers to teach well so I moved here to St. Lwanga. In St. Lwanga there are teaches that teach well. We get our lessons on time and nothing is missing unlike in Bender, which had deficiencies.”

Aben is also keen to protect herself against unwanted advances from boys.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Aben Kon Guon, 16-year-old St. Lwanga Primary School Malakal pupil:
“I can protect myself – like if a boy approaches me and says he likes me, I will say to him, ‘No! No! I am in school – see my books I want to study because I have a future, don’t spoil my future. I am young with ambition and I want to climb to greater heights and I can only do this through education’ – I can tell him that.”

Aben has also joined a school club – The Child Rights Club – which is doing a great job of cultivating peaceful co-existence.

SOUNDBITE (English/Arabic) Aben Kon Guon, 16-year-old St. Lwanga Primary School Malakal pupil:
“The Child Rights Club empowering the girl child, preaching the peace or building peace – they tell us so; how we can stay together as friends without fighting among ourselves, but to play and enjoy together. We always come together and feel that there is peace, learning together and everything going well, nothing missing, and we play and get happy sit, learn and play together. We celebrate and share together in peace.”

The war in South Sudan has forced girls like Aben to think constantly about peace – something that children in other parts of the world may take for granted. In a country where sexual and gender-based violence has been described as having reached ‘epidemic proportions’, living in a peaceful environment would considerably increase the chances of escaping such violence, while opening doors of opportunities for girls like Aben to achieve their full potential.
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