SOUTH SUDAN / SCHOOL GIRLS

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Peacekeepers from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have constructed a much-needed three-classroom block at a primary school in South Sudan’s Western Lakes area, hoping that more girls can go to school and preventing them from being married off young. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / SCHOOL GIRLS
TRT: 4:39
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / DINKA / NATS

DATELINE: 25 OCTOBER 2019, RUMBEK, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, construction
2. Wide shot, old school with students
3. Various shots, construction
4. Various shots, students in the old class
5. Close up, blocks
6. Wide shot, students playing
7. Med shot, under-the-tree class
8. Various shot, students in front of old school
9. SOUNDBITE (Dinka) Akoth Maker, Elder and Towncourt President, Gok Area:
“When the rains would come, the children had to run away from the tree to the old classroom. Because part of the classroom was already broken, we worried that it could fall on the children. So, we always asked ourselves whether to leave the children in the rain under the tree or allow them to seek shelter in the broken classroom.”
10. Various shots, teachers, guests and parents at new school
11. Various shots, students dancing
12. Various shots, sew school structures
13. Med shot, students
14. Wide shot, parents
15. Med shot, students inside old classroom
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Caroline Opok, Head of Relief, Reintegration and Protection Unit, UNMISS, Rumbek Field Office:
“When we first came here, we found more girls at this court, we even found lot of girls teaching each other. Those are in higher classes teaching those in lower classes. And in discussion with parents, they said they realized that when a girl child stays in school, then at least the chances of being married off as very young are reduced, because she will have more time in school and keep away from being married early. And also they said if they have a school near probably they would send more girls to school because it is near home and they don’t have to go very far because the parents are also very scared of their girls going very far.”
17. Various shots, students looking from windows of old school
18. Wide shot, old school
19. Various shots, students in the new classroom
20. SOUNDITE (English) Simon Majak Marial, Headmaster, Asementi Primary School:
“That one is finished and then all the students coming here to study are very happy as they have the new concrete here.”
21. Various shots, students in the new classroom

STORYLINE:

Peacekeepers from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have constructed a much-needed three-classroom block at a primary school in South Sudan’s Western Lakes area, hoping that more girls can go to school and preventing them from being married off young.

Inch by inch, these builders in Rumbek, located at the centre of South Sudan, are building blocks aimed at keeping the dreams of younglings alive.

The basement now complete, the walls start up fast, and with it, the reality that dreams do come true.

For the students currently at the Asementi Primary School, a new building means the solidity of an education they yearn.

The students here initially studied under trees, while others did in a run-down structure in need of major repairs.

SOUNDBITE (English) Akoth Maker, Elder and Towncourt President, Gok Area:
“When the rains would come, the children had to run away from the tree to the old classroom. Because part of the classroom was already broken, we worried that it could fall on the children. So, we always asked ourselves whether to leave the children in the rain under the tree or allow them to seek shelter in the broken classroom.”

But with the commitment of an education, students and teachers here pressed on with the little they had.

A new block with three classrooms is now complete.

Song and dance amongst the community are marking festivities inaugurating the structure.

The structure is one of the peacekeeping mission’s Quick Impact Projects - expected to make a substantial contribution to the welfare of local communities.

More enrollments are expected, and with this, it is hoped that this intervention will entice parents to send more girls to school and keep them there longer, preventing them from being married off young.

SOUNDBITE (English) Caroline Opok, Head of Relief, Reintegration and Protection Unit, UNMISS, Rumbek Field Office:
“When we first came here, we found more girls at this court, we even found lot of girls teaching each other. Those are in higher classes teaching those in lower classes. And in discussion with parents, they said they realized that when a girl child stays in school, then at least the chances of being married off as very young are reduced, because she will have more time in school and keep away from being married early. And also they said if they have a school near probably they would send more girls to school because it is near home and they don’t have to go very far because the parents are also very scared of their girls going very far.”

And as students break into the new structure, it is hoped the new classrooms will stand the test of time and lessons learnt within these walls will allow them a future they dream.

SOUNDITE (English) Simon Majak Marial, Headmaster, Asementi Primary School:
“That one is finished and then all the students coming here to study are very happy as they have the new concrete here.”

Despite existing challenges like the lack of exercise books, pens, pencils and blackboards, the dreams of being doctors, teachers and lawyers, continues for these younglings.
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