Majok-Keen Primary School for Girls
For cultural reasons, many Dinka parents will only send their daughters to a girls only school. These girls face dire challenges: early arranged marriage, domestic violence, families who force daughters to stay home to fetch food and water, grind grain, cook and take care of siblings. The goal for many parents is for their daughters to be worth as many cows as possible as a bride . BMISS hopes to assist these girls in their desire and vision to change that pattern through education.
The mothers and daughters of the village asked Sebastian and Mathon to build “brick and mortar” classrooms to replace their “under tree” Majok-Keen Primary School. The women of the village made bricks in anticipation of the new school. A ground breaking ceremony was held in January, 2016 at the beginning of first phase of construction. The eight classroom school was completed in 2018.
This girls school was built thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Creative Ministries Offering Committee of Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and other generous BMISS donors.
Achuel Piom, the female principal has been hired thanks to a gift from the Bill Cook Foundation. She is the only female principal of a public school in South Sudan. A female assistant principal has also been hired thanks to a gift from Hope for Sudan. The teachers of the eight hundred thirteen (813) girls are also female.