SSWEN Project To End Child Marriage

South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network (SSWEN) representatives pose for a photo with pupils in Torit. [Peter Lokale Nakimangole]

The project dubbed ‘Girl Not Bride Project’ aims at training scores of pupils and students in Eastern and Central Equatoria states and is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID)

Ms. Juan Rose from the project said that they need young students to know their rights and has completed the similar training in Terekeka County of Central Equatoria State.

“Torit was selected for the program. After completion of the ongoing training, we will go to Yei. We had already done with Terekeka County,” she said.

They trained 82 students in Torit and according to VSO Volunteer at SSWEN, Ms. Helen Animashaun, the purpose is to raise awareness to end early child marriage which affect school going children from continuing with their studies.

Training pupils and students largely strengthens their capacity and strategic development in to meet their needs.

The beneficiaries are taught through drama, activity case studies, playing games and creating safe free talk environment.

Celestino Nyei Dumo , the State Acting Director for General appreciated the and said the topics taught are so relevant to the situation of the beneficiaries as girls at this stage are becoming adults and need to know and understand their rights.

He urged girls to take skills and knowledge saying their parents and guardians have done their part to send them to school hence they should not go for early marriage before completing their studies.

In July 2012, SSWEN received a visit from The Elders Council who encouraged SSWEN to become a member of the global initiative to help address gender based violence issues in South Sudan of which child marriage is one.

There are complex issues that result in child marriage and the project is aimed at giving children and young people a voice.

The students will be take part in learning and information sessions about the rights of the child according to the South Sudan Child Act, Transitional Constitution and the Universal Human Rights.

The children will have the opportunity to discuss debate and explore the issue of child marriage and other factors that feature in their life such as health and reproductive matters.

Drama and group activities will help to ensure that children feel comfortable to discuss these issues and that the information and learning takes place with accessible methods. 

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