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St. Bakhita Girls School at Diocese of Torit, Narus, Eastern Equatoria Southern Sudan SD - Our School's History

Our School's History

The Right Reverend Bishop Paride founded St. Bakhita's Day and Boarding Girls' Primary School, Narus, back in 1994. It's main objective is to help girls of Southern Sudan, whose schooling has been disrupted by the civil war. This War has been devastating for the country, involving the Northern Muslim government forces, and the predominately Christian forces in the South. The school was founded during aerial bombardments by the Islamic Fundamentalist Government of Khartoum,which forced thousands of Southern Sudanese to flee from their areas of settlement to the nearby boarders of Uganda in the South, Kenya in the South-East and Ethiopia - Eritrea in the East. The plans for starting St. Bakhita Girls' Secondary School, Narus was conceived by His Lordship Bishop Paride Taban and the late Rev. Fr. Leo Traynor, a St. Patrick Priest from Ireland in 1994. This was immediately after the opening of the primary section. St. Bakhita Girls Secondary School, Narus finally opened up on 19th march 2001 with Form One class only. Since then one class has been added on each year only. This year 2003, the school has reached Form Three level and by next year 2004, it is hoped to have all the four classes i.e. Forms 1, 2, 3 and 4. Furthermore, hopefully, the pioneers of the school will sit for their first Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K. C. S. E) next year. Narus is located in the Diocese of Torit in the Eastern Equatoria region of Southern Sudan. Eastern Equatoria covers an area of approximately 80,000sq. Km. the region is mainly scrubland with plains to the East and hills to the South and West. The population is approximately one million. Access to Southern Sudan varies with location, however Narus is accessible by road (one hours drive) from Northern Kenya. Supplies and personnel are therefore reliably transported from the neighbouring country of Kenya with some caution arising from the rough roads, occasional bandits, cattle rustlers and inter factional fighting. The school had a humble beginning with only a small number of girls being taught, fed and sheltered under trees. Some generous people then donated buildings for classrooms and dormitories. This has enabled a reasonable number of girls to enroll and now our classes' range from Pre-Unit to class eight. At the moment we have 697 girls and the number increases every term. The presence of the school among the pastoral group of people has had a positive impact on their lives in that they have now began to value education; and therefore, a few willingly bring their daughters to school. This was not the case before, because a girl-child was seen primarily as a source of wealth, which was received as a dowry of cows. The school motto is, "Forward Ever Backward Never" which aptly desribes the needs of the country. Of the schools currrent 697 primary pupils, 500 are from the Internally Displaced Peoples Camps (IDPs) comprising of various tribes without boundaries i.e. Dinka, Nuba, Kuku, Madi, Acholi, Azande, Toposa, Lotuho, Murle, living in Lobone, New Cush, Ikotos and Kakuma displaced Camp. There are also boarders from the government of Sudan held towns of Juba, Torit who have had to seek education outside of these government held areas. The balance of the student's population is made up of war orphans and the local Toposa children. The school currently has 19 teachers and 12 supportive staff. Most of the teachers are experts brought from the neighbouring country of Kenya since there are very few natives who are qualified. Not only do the students benefit from their education, but indirectly the members of the local wider community also gain. There is an increase in employment opportunities and income generating activities. Experience has shown that appropriate investment in women's development and empowerment provides almost guaranteed returns to the community within which they reside. The increase of educated women within a community will also have an effect on the numbers and capacity of women participating in future decision-making and policy formulation in Southern Sudan. There will also be an opportunity for girls and women to contribute towards the reduction of discriminations in social and administrative systems in South Sudan. SUBJECTS TAUGHT. i. Vernacular ii. Reading iii. Writing iv. Physical Education v. Aids Education vi. Arabic vii. Kiswaihili viii. English ix. Mathematics x. Christian Religious Education xi. Science xii. Geography xiii. History xiv. Civics xv. Business Education ACTIVITIES. We believe that "a healthy mind lives in a healthy body"; hence we have some various games provided to the girls for relaxations after class hours, e.g. football, netball, basketball, table tennis, chess, ludo, and scrabble, to mention but a few. Small gardening is also practiced but due to the harsh weather we are forced to irrigate. We grow some greens and vegatables for a balanced diet. There are some clubs like debating clubs which are meant to polish the children's' eloquence and presentations before the public. This is done between the two schools of St Bakhita Girls' Secondary School and St Comboni Boy's Primary School, Narus. ST. BAKHITA GIRLS' SECONDARY SCHOOL, NARUS SOUTHERN SUDAN C/O P. O BOX 52802 NAIROBI (KENYA). Brief history (background of the school). The plans for starting St. Bakhita Girls' Secondary School, Narus was conceived by His Lordship Bishop Paride Taban and the late Rev. Fr. Leo Traynor, a St. Patrick Priest from Ireland in 1994. This was immediately after the opening of the primary section as a foresight of how the girl child could be assisted to pursue further education (secondary studies) after completion of the primary level. St. Bakhita Girls Secondary School, Narus finally opened up on 19th march 2001 with Form One class only. Since then one class has been added on each year only. This year 2003, the school has reached Form Three level and by next year 2004, it is hoped to have all the four classes i.e. Forms 1, 2, 3 and 4. Furthermore, hopefully, the pioneers of the school will sit for their first Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K. C. S. E) next year. Much as the school is purely meant for the girls, at the moment it is also absorbing in some limited numbers of boys taking into account that secondary schools at the moment are very rare in this part of the Sudan. Activities. The school at the moment is offering the Kenya Syllabus because it is situated near the Kenya boarder and at the end of the day arrangements can be made for them to take up a recognized national examinations (K. C. S. E) in order to have future back up certificates; and even be able to pursue further education. Subjects offered. 1. Agriculture 2. Biology 3. Chemistry 4. Physics 5. Mathematics 6. English 7. Kiswahili 8. Geography 9. History 10. Social Education & Ethics 11. Christian Religious Education 12. Business Education Extra Curricular Activities. i: Cultural activities (Music, Dance & Drama), ii: Games & Sports, iii: Planting of trees and vegetables gardening. Clubs. 1:Debating Club. 2:Journalism Club.

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