May 2014 Newsletter

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The school farm began planting as soon as possible when the rainy season started earlier than usual this May. The crops grown on campus reduce the cost of the school nutrition program that feeds all students and staff at MBSS. Growing rice, sorghum, sunflower, and sesame were the primary focus this year, since flooding ruined much of the corn, pumpkin, and groundnut crops last year.

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MBSS Program Highlights: 

Science & Agriculture

After the construction of the new science lab, MBSS students have one of the best and most modern science facilities in the country. Students have been performing experiments and dissections making and advanced biology, chemistry, and physics program. Integrating science and vocational skills in every aspect of the MBSS curriculum is imperative to supporting overall development in our communities. Chemistry students study chemical processes, produce soap and chalk, and distribute these resources to local schools. Biology students examine anatomy and lifecycles through beekeeping and harvests on the school farm to complement their textbooks.

Sustainability

The organic farm at MBSS teaches students, staff, and community members life-sustaining skills in agriculture and animal husbandry, while simultaneously reducing the costs of our campus nutrition program which feeds all enrolled students.  In order to broaden our impact, we are creating a sustainable power system; the school began solar installation in February of 2014. Bringing power to a region that is largely without electricity, will provide students with the tools critical to achieving education beyond the local level, such as electricity for evening classes, internet and computer access.

Girls’ Education

While working against staggering statistics, the Marial Bai Secondary School is committed to supporting female education in South Sudan. Most South Sudanese girls drop out or never enroll in school due to marriage, pregnancy, and duties at home, resulting in less than 1% studying at a secondary level. In order to increase enrollment and opportunities, the VAD Foundation works with the community to bridge the gap between traditional female roles in the community and the benefit of equal education for girls. MBSS currently houses and educates more female students at the secondary level than any other school in South Sudan. 

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Many Thanks, 

The VAD Foundation