Jonglei Girls Campaign For Their Education

Black Eagle Academy Primary School pupils campaign for the promotion of girl-child education at their school in Bor. [Gurtong | Jacob Achiek Jok]

She said that girls are not being treated equally with boys as most are left at home to work as house girls when boys are being educated.

Most girls have limited time to concentrate on studies as they are forced to attend to family chores back home.

“If we go home at late hours, our mothers force us to do the home’s affairs and this gives us no room to compete with boys in the school,” Gong said.
 
“The only thing we are telling our parents is to treat us equal with the boys at home because girls have equal talents like the boys for example Warrap State Governor Nyandeng Malek who holds a big position of governorship,” she said.

The girls says that the cultures do not allow boys to help with domestic chores like washing a factor that makes girls spend most of their time in helping their parents instead of studying.

“The boys just relax at home, what he does is to play games,” she said.
She said that most of the girls are forced into early marriages by their parents to acquire dowry

The girls were speaking during the International Day of the Girl Child 2012. The day focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

In South Sudan, child marriage continues to affect thousands of girls undermining their development prospects and participation in education and other developmental activities.

The 2010 Sudan Household Health Survey (SHHS) indicates about 40 per cent of girls are married when they are still children.

On the commemoration of the International Girl Child Day in South Sudan, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to South Sudan Ms. Hilde F. Johnson urged the families, communities and governments at all levels to end child marriage in South Sudan.

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