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The current issue 2 hours away from the capitol –Kulipapa Elementary School-

As we reported last time, we have started working on the water hygiene campaign in 10 schools in Juba County since July. First of all, we need to pick up 10 schools out of 140 schools in Juba County.  After interviewing authorities such as Education Bureau, we recognized 25 public schools that don’t have wells in the area except Juba city and its neighboring areas.

[JEN staff interviewing teachers]

The other day, we investigated Kulipapa elementary school which is one of those 22 schools.  Kulipapa elementary school is located 2 hours drive on a bad road from Juba city.  There are 90 students from 1st grade to 5th grade and they study from 8am to 2pm.  They don’t get school meals and they would eat after getting home after 2pm.  It takes an hour for some students to get to school.

[Kulipapa Elementary School]

As we were informed from the administration, this elementary school have neither a well nor a bathroom. There is only one well which is an hour away from them. Water to use at school is brought by the janitor once in the morning. But it’s only one plastic water container filled up for teachers. Children can’t use the water, drink it during a break or wash hands before class. They need to relieve themselves in the bush backside of the school.

[Children are playing on the school ground during a break]

This school used to be an open-air class until 2007. Then residents started working together to build 3 school buildings with soil walls and tin roofs.  This year, the government started building 2 school buildings with red bricks.  However, they haven’t got to installing a well or a bathroom.

[Red brick school buildings under construction]

Since it is close to Juba city, we thought people would leave for the town. In fact, people who couldn’t get a job eventually come back to farm. That results in having more students at the school.

[from left, Mr.Koronelion, Mr.Kenyi, Mr.Ladu]

When we dropped in at the classroom around noon, it was filled with energetic students even though they can’t drink water during a break.

*This project is conducted by Japan Platform and your support.

[Head of Juba Office, Shu NIshimaru]

August 2, 2012 in South Sudan |