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Alok Girls’ Academy in Aweil, South Sudan

 The Alok Girls’ Academy is overcoming two major challenges for girls staying in school in South Sudan. One challenge is unqualified teachers. Many teachers in South Sudan are passionate and care about their students; however, they themselves have not received consistent education and proper teacher training. Valentino has worked very hard to ensure that the teachers at  our new Alok Girls’ Academy  are both passionate and highly qualified to provide excellent education to the girls.    The second challenge is that girls  in South Sudan have a high drop-out rate due to being unprepared for middle and secondary school. Girls often experience a huge disparity in the mastery of their subjects — often due to cultural obstacles that prevent them from consistently going to school. The Alok Girls’ Academy aims to bridge the academic gap where all the girls can learn and excel in their classes. The Alok Girls’ Academy’s first class is a blend of elementary and middle school grades with the intention to get all the girls up to speed to ensure that they are properly prepared for and can excel through middle school and high school. In our first few months, our first class of 160 girls in the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are facing their academic challenges with great enthusiasm and determination. We will keep you posted on their progress!

The Alok Girls’ Academy is overcoming two major challenges for girls staying in school in South Sudan. One challenge is unqualified teachers. Many teachers in South Sudan are passionate and care about their students; however, they themselves have not received consistent education and proper teacher training. Valentino has worked very hard to ensure that the teachers at our new Alok Girls’ Academy are both passionate and highly qualified to provide excellent education to the girls. 

The second challenge is that girls in South Sudan have a high drop-out rate due to being unprepared for middle and secondary school. Girls often experience a huge disparity in the mastery of their subjects — often due to cultural obstacles that prevent them from consistently going to school. The Alok Girls’ Academy aims to bridge the academic gap where all the girls can learn and excel in their classes. The Alok Girls’ Academy’s first class is a blend of elementary and middle school grades with the intention to get all the girls up to speed to ensure that they are properly prepared for and can excel through middle school and high school. In our first few months, our first class of 160 girls in the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are facing their academic challenges with great enthusiasm and determination. We will keep you posted on their progress!


 Support VAD while treating yourself and your loved ones to the healing, calming, and rejuvenating effects of essential oils. Elizabeth Bloom is a VAD Advisory Council member and has been an incredible addition to VAD.  Click  HERE  to see how Elizabeth Essentials is supporting the foundation and giving back.  From Elizabeth, “Eighteen years ago, I started creating essential oil remedies to help my clients better cope with the stress of today’s hyper fast, stretched-to-the-max world. Each blend I create has its own story and every blend shares a common goal: to help health-conscious consumers achieve a lifestyle filled with balance and rejuvenation in mind, body and spirit”

Support VAD while treating yourself and your loved ones to the healing, calming, and rejuvenating effects of essential oils. Elizabeth Bloom is a VAD Advisory Council member and has been an incredible addition to VAD.  Click HERE to see how Elizabeth Essentials is supporting the foundation and giving back.

From Elizabeth, “Eighteen years ago, I started creating essential oil remedies to help my clients better cope with the stress of today’s hyper fast, stretched-to-the-max world. Each blend I create has its own story and every blend shares a common goal: to help health-conscious consumers achieve a lifestyle filled with balance and rejuvenation in mind, body and spirit”


Meet Nicki Pfaff

 Nicki Pfaff volunteered at Marial Bai Secondary School and is an extraordinary teacher in the Bay Area that continues to support VAD and inspire her students. We are so happy to have Nicky’s support in South Sudan and her incredible outreach to her students and community. Nicky tells us,   “I became involved with the VAD around 2010 when I traveled to South Sudan with a group of teachers to train Marial Bai Secondary School teachers in curriculum planning. I spent about six weeks in Marial Bai, holding teacher and administrator workshops, and marveling at the tenacity of the students to get an education. Each student was wholly dedicated to their education, and it inspired me as a teacher to prepare their instructors as best I could. The students of the Marial Bai Secondary School have had a lasting impression on me, and my own teaching practice, and I am eternally grateful for this experience.”

Nicki Pfaff volunteered at Marial Bai Secondary School and is an extraordinary teacher in the Bay Area that continues to support VAD and inspire her students. We are so happy to have Nicky’s support in South Sudan and her incredible outreach to her students and community. Nicky tells us,
 
“I became involved with the VAD around 2010 when I traveled to South Sudan with a group of teachers to train Marial Bai Secondary School teachers in curriculum planning. I spent about six weeks in Marial Bai, holding teacher and administrator workshops, and marveling at the tenacity of the students to get an education. Each student was wholly dedicated to their education, and it inspired me as a teacher to prepare their instructors as best I could. The students of the Marial Bai Secondary School have had a lasting impression on me, and my own teaching practice, and I am eternally grateful for this experience.”


 On May 11, VAD co-founders Valentino Achak Deng and Dave Eggers joined author Khaled Hosseini for a panel discussion about how storytelling leads to positive action in the world. The panel was moderated by KQED’s Rachel Myrow at  The Tech  in San Jose, California. This sold-out event provided attendees with thoughtful conversation about the importance of education and how to best support refugee communities. It was followed by a reception where new and old VAD supporters could meet each other and chat with Dave, Valentino, and Khaled.   If you would like Valentino to come speak to your community, please email info@vadfoundation.org.

On May 11, VAD co-founders Valentino Achak Deng and Dave Eggers joined author Khaled Hosseini for a panel discussion about how storytelling leads to positive action in the world. The panel was moderated by KQED’s Rachel Myrow at The Tech in San Jose, California. This sold-out event provided attendees with thoughtful conversation about the importance of education and how to best support refugee communities. It was followed by a reception where new and old VAD supporters could meet each other and chat with Dave, Valentino, and Khaled.


If you would like Valentino to come speak to your community, please email info@vadfoundation.org.