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Twic East Girls Scholarship Program (TEGSP) to conduct the first fundraising event in Sydney, Australia this coming Saturday, the 22nd of August, 2015

By Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA

Twic East Girls Scholarship Program (TEGSP) to conduct the first fundraising event in Sydney, Australia this coming Saturday, the 22nd of August, 2015

Twic East Girls Scholarship Program (TEGSP) to conduct the first fundraising event in Sydney, Australia this coming Saturday, the 22nd of August, 2015

August 21, 2015 (SSB)  —  Dear communities, families and friends in Sydney, Canberra and all over Australia, you are cordially invited to the Twic East Girls’ Scholarship Program (TEGSP) first official fundraising event this coming weekend in Sydney.

The scholarship program was launched this year to promote girls’ education in the war-torn country of South Sudan, particularly in refugee, and displaced persons, camps where many South Sudanese are living.

The mission and vision of the program is to cultivate young women that are reflective life learners for change. The founders of TEGSP entirely believe in power of education as the main way of empowering women.

The program aims to sponsor girls with good academic merits and leadership qualities whose parents are not capable of paying for their school fees.

The Program Team is welcoming all South Sudanese and well-wishers in Sydney, as well as in Canberra and other states, to come and offer their full support to the project.

Music and entertainment will be provided and there will be guest speakers too. Come one, come all!!!!!

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Education in South Sudan Tilted Towards Black-market Learning!

By Sunday de John, Juba, South Sudan

Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

July 9, 2015 (SSB)  —-  Like most South Sudanese, I am not a very learned person. I do not have the best education on earth. Too, I am not a naysayer on people’s education. I am just a worried man. Worried about the future of my young country. It is this country that I am worried about. My country is being held back by use of shortcuts, shortcuts such as quick accruement of unworked for wealth, undeserved power, unreliable dexterity and above all, illiteracy wrapped in black-market education.

Despite being a country of great abundance, the copiousness of our resources has no positive impact on us individually and as a nation. Yes, in our disposal are varieties of abundant resources, but we shall abandon them either unused or misused. That is the truth about this great country.


By Wenne Madyt Dengs, Juba, South Sudan

July 7, 2015 (SSB)  —-  Although distance learning offers more people an opportunity to attain higher education, it is not all advantages and benefits. Distance learning has costs, requires compromises and self-motivation is essential for success.

It would be a great shame for young nation like South Sudan to have thousands of students who graduated via distance education system. South Sudan will lack Medical Doctors and Engineers! Distance learning does not always offer all the necessary courses online. Students pursuing a specific certificate or degree program may not have all the necessary courses available through distance learning so it is not suited for all subjects. For example, you can study a history lesson completely online but you cannot perform nursing clinically online. For some courses, physical classroom attendance will be mandatory to complete the course.


By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

June 30, 2015 (SSB)  —  The Vice Chancellors of the five public Universities in the republic were reshuffled last year by the country’s president and the Chancellor of the universities. The five public universities are University of Juba, Bhar El Ghazel, Upper Nile, Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology and University of Rumbek.

The University of Juba was headed by Aggrey Abate while John Akec was somewhere heading the University of Northern Bhar El Ghazel which is now a project.

A visit to the University of Juba on 29.6.2015 tells me that some fundamental changes are underway in the first university of the country. This institution of higher learning was founded in mid seventies immediately after the Addis Ababa peace accord. The University was transferred to Khartoum during the second civil war in the south. It only returned in the years from 2005 through to 2011.



By TEGSP Team,

Where do we start? On behalf of Twic East Girls’ Scholarship Project we thank everybody who attended the Launch of TEGSP from the bottom of our hearts.

Words cannot express our gratitude, appreciation and the support we received on this very special day. Ninth of May, 2015 (09.05.2015) will go down the history of amazing Twic East people as the day Twic East Community in Queensland, Australia made a stand to educate our girls back home.

To our brothers and sisters who came from all corners of this great nation (Australia) we thank you. Thank you so much to our mother Martha Arok Kuek,


our Twic East first Lady Achol Garang Aguer and all Twic East’s mothers who attended the event.


Thank you to our interim Federal Leader for Twic Youth Chol Mawaidit Majok, your leadership if fulfilled with support, care and mainly action will always be our backbone. On behalf of the girls the scholarship aim to help, we thank you.

Samuel K Majok (our website designer) words cannot thank you enough our brother. Your creativity, your gentle and humble heart and your support are forever appreciated.

Thank you to our Twic East leaders in Queensland Abuoi Garang Keer, Akol Maluk and Bul Deng-mach, and to leaders of all Payams in Queensland. To federal Twic East leaders of all Payams: those who have responded to us and those who are yet to, Deng Agok Ageer of Ajuong Payam, Aweng-Maliet of Pakeer Payam and the rest of the Payam’s leaders we thank you, your support and respond is truly appreciated.


Over all, there is a quote that goes “I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do, I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.” 
― Amy Poehler. We forever want to be with our Duk Brothers. This Quote by Amy Poehler is a true definition of Duk County.


There is no word/s in the English Directory that will ever describe/express how thankful we are, how appreciative we are and how much the support our neighbor Duk community has given us. Dukeen’s support has left a mark of true partnership and great support in the hearts of Twic East girls. Anyang Tiop Anyang as the Duk Youth leader we thank you. Thon-Malual Deng Jok as representative of Duk community Leader we thank you with the bottom of our hearts. To every single Dukeen who attend our event yesterday, we appreciate your inputs. Mike Dee and Daniel Deng Kurt
 you are very talented artist with big hearts. May you always succeed in your dreams.

Not to forget the 11yrs old Margret Aguil Ador Deng


who refused to go home with her mother by putting in a request (Mum can I stay to help Amer & the girls with cleaning). Margret’s help amazed and inspired us in so many ways. As little as she is, she stays up mobbing floor, picking cans, undressing the chair covers till 3am in the morning. What a great service in the name of Twic East girls! Margret we thank you.

To everyone else we have not mentioned who attended our event and who have supported us in so many ways, we appreciate and thank you sincerely. We are looking forward to work hand in hand with you in our near future.

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For daily update, visit our website: or our facebook’s page or send us email on With all efforts, determination, passion and humility should and may we educate our girls.

Kind regards

Project Team

By Emmanuel Malual Makuach, Kenya

February 27, 2015 (SSB) —  Thousands of South Sudanese student in the North Rift Valley are gathered to listen to the education attaché at the South Sudan Embassy in Kenya, Madam Dicho Elizabeth Clement.

Madam Dicho wanted to acquaint herself with the challenges facing students in Kenya, particularly in the North Rift Valley region and part of western Kenya.

This is the first time since she took over that the students from various public and private universities has used the occasion to explain their challenges to her.

The students are also asking the government to assist those who are studying outside the country. They are requesting for financial assistance. Among the challenges students face are imposed conditions such as the 20 percent pay by foreign students in public universities and colleges in Kenya.

There is also the question about the money transfer systems, which delayed their school fees and therefore affect their studies every year. For example, some students are missing the semester because they have gone home to get school fees.

The students call upon the government to consider the policy of money transfer, arguing that the government and relevant authorities should priorities the educational needs of South Sudanese students in foreign countries.

The education attaché at the Embassy of South Sudan, Madam Dicho, assure the students of the commitment of the government, saying that she remains available for resolving or assisting in sorting out the students’ problem were necessary.

“We are available for advice and counseling, giving direction and other support that the office can afford,” she assured the students. She continued saying that the office is aware of the students issues that ranges from tuition fees, certificates authentication, need for guidance and counseling, and moral support.

“As far as certificates are concerned, we advise that any student that is ready to leave South Sudan to go to any country should observe to take note the following:  if you are primary leaver, make sure your certificates are stamped or verified by the central ministry of education science and technology and then authenticated by ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation in Juba, South Sudan.

Also if you have completed both primary and secondary schools, make sure the ministry of foreign affairs and international trade of the republic of Kenya and any other relevant concerned authority authenticate your certificate before you leave for another country to study, furthermore the office of education continuing advising the students to registered and joined recognized institutions mandated by the commission for higher education.

If you finish well, you are the human resources that the country South Sudan need. For the students’ financial support, we do not have any at the moment because the current political turmoil in our country makes our financial difficulties back home.

The Embassy encourages and requires that every South Sudanese students in Kenya to register with the embassy.  Therefore, we have a form for collecting the students’ data for Kenya; we would like to know how many you are here in Kenya. Thanks you.”

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The Cultures of Resistance Scholarships

Deadline: 20 March 2015

Thanks to a very generous philanthropic donation received from the Cultures of Resistance Network Foundation and the American Friends of SOAS (AFSOAS), a set of new postgraduate scholarships are now available at SOAS. That donation has been matched by an additional contribution from the SOAS Students’ Union to make up the Cultures of Resistance Scholarships at SOAS.

The scholarships will benefit people from countries that have been affected by wars and extreme poverty. This scholarship embodies the values of the Cultures of Resistance Network Foundation, which seeks to empower and enrich communities – especially those that have been affected by armed conflict – through the promotion of human rights, justice for victims of war crimes and the enrichment of civil society and robust grassroots democracy.

Security conditions permitting, scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply their knowledge and skills for the betterment of their societies. In the case of refugees or those fearing repression and censorship in their home countries, we expect that they will seek employment/work/study abroad toward the aim of improving the future of their home country and that of its citizens. We hope that scholarship recipients will pursue careers that, among other things, promote universal human rights, international law, equal justice for all and the enrichment of civil society and robust grassroots democracy.

Two Cultures of Resistance Scholarships will be available in 2015/16. Each scholarship is valued at £15,000 in total. Fees will be deducted from this amount and the remainder will be used toward maintenance.   In addition, each scholar will benefit from a 20% reduction in their tuition fees, from free accommodation at International Student House (ISH) and food vouchers to be spent in the ISH restaurant.

Eligible programmes

The following full-time programmes are eligible:

  • MSc Development Studies with special reference to Central Asia
  • MSc Globalisation and Development
  • MSc Migration, Mobility and Development
  • MSc Violence, Conflict and Development
  • MSc Development Economics
  • MSc Political Economy of Development
  • MA International and Comparative Legal Studies
  • MA Dispute and Conflict Resolution
  • MA Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
  • MA Human Rights Law
  • MA International Law
  • MA Law, Development and Globalisation
  • LLM Dispute and Conflict Resolution
  • LLM Environmental Law
  • LLM Human Rights, Conflict and Justice
  • LLM International Law
  • Part-time programmes are not eligible.

Candidate Criteria

Although priority will be given to students resident in Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Kashmir, Kurdistan, the Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza), Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tibet, Western Sahara, Yemen, West Papua and Papua, the scholarship programme is also open to students resident in the following countries/territories:

Algeria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bir Tawil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chechen Republic, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, East Timor, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Golan Heights, Georgia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  • Candidates must hold (or be expected to obtain) a good honours degree, preferably first class, from a UK institution or overseas equivalent.
  • Candidates should describe in their personal statement of their admission application:
  1. how the political situation in your home country, especially violent conflict, war, poverty, and/or military occupation, has shaped your experiences and ambitions in life.
  2. how these experiences have affected your interest in human rights, social justice, and grassroots democracy.
  3. what academic and social issues you plan to explore during your studies at SOAS.
  4. what you hope to do upon completion of your program at SOAS.
  5. what the most pressing problems are in your home country and how the pursuit of education at SOAS in your chosen field would promote human rights, social justice, equality, and the enrichment of civil society in your home country.
  • Candidates must have an offer of admission to pursue a full time eligible programme by the scholarship closing date.
  • Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2015.  If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.

Candidate Assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by an Advisory Panel, consisting of three academic members.
  • The assessment of your application will be based on the information provided in your scholarship application and in your on-line admission application for admission. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statement and other relevant information.
  • On your intention to pursue careers that, among other things, promote universal human rights, international law, equal justice for all, and the enrichment of civil society and robust grassroots democracy.

Scholarship Application Deadline

  • Scholarship Applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 20 March 2015.
  • You must submit a complete online application to your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship.  Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance.  Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Notifications of Results

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of July.  If you have not heard from us by the end of July, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.

Scholarship Application Procedures

You should follow two steps:

  • STEP 1Apply for your programme

You must submit a COMPLETE on-line application for admission.

Applicants must have an offer of admission to pursue one of the eligible programmes at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline. A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degrees obtained outside of the UK, two references, CV and a personal statement.  The panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with your on-line application for admission.  Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of the year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.

  • STEP 2: Apply for the scholarship

You must apply for this scholarship via the on-line scholarship application form.

For enquiries, please contact:

Scholarships Officer
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5094/5091