Archive for the ‘Education’ Category


As a concerned citizen, I totally disagreed with our government’s decision to hire 20,000 foreign teachers

By Marko Mawien Mareng, Kampala, Uganda

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Alliance high school’s Students under a tree {Chueei} during exams – August 2010

February 8, 2016 (SSB)  —  It seems that ‘foreign teachers’ will play fundamental roles in South Sudan as a result of the increased need for South Sudan children and adults alike to learn the new things in and around the globe. While on the one hand South Sudanese are readily in need of better education but the first thing to be done is to bring peace and later on hiring of some foreign experts from other countries but not in one country like Zimbabwe, on the other hand am also suspicious that our government is openly resenting these same teachers for encroaching on our homeland and its longstanding social and family values.

Am talking in reference with an article published by Sudan tribune entitled “South Sudan to hire 20,000 Zimbabwean teachers”. With regard to this article published by Sudan tribune as a concern citizen of this country am not convinced by the government to hire foreign Zimbabweans as teachers in this country. I was expecting some few experts to be hired if at all South Sudanese are not capable to deliver high quality education. The government should have hired some few consultants to come and train south Sudan nationals on education sector.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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The first form one students of Alliance [2009]. Front line from left; Akau, Achol, Thon, Guet, Bol, Amer, Chol. Back line from left; Diing, xxxxxx, Bok, Ngong, Deng, xxxxx, Alier

January 27, 2016 (SSB)  —  It is obvious that we the people of Jonglei have uttered enough complaints for something that we would fight for at any cost. It seems that South Sudan has been liberated, but Jonglei has yet to be liberated from the enemy within. Therefore, it is now our obligation to use the right hammer on the right nails, and we are hoping that comrade Aguer is overwhelmingly seen as the right man for this job.

For far too long, we have shown faithfulness to our neighbors, but now, these more languorous approaches are not working. Therefore, we must adopt better language to get our messages across. Governor’s actions may be looked at or considered as a regional war if it takes such turn, but if the intent is to maintain security in the state, then such actions are the only way to contain these many problems in Jonglei.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Dr. John Gai Yoh on his strategic views of South Sudan Education System

Dr. John Gai Yoh, South Sudan Minister for Education, on his strategic views of South Sudan Education System

January 14, 2016 (SSB) — There is a saying that, “some people do passed through academic but academic never passed through them”!!! As it is well stated, you may be wondering why such a scenario happened to academicians who were been trusted with vast knowledge gained for more than sixteen years (16) of higher learning programs such as eight years (8) for primary education, four years (4) for secondary education, and another four years (4) for the university learning and after graduation, a person is regarded as an educated person and being assigned at any level to deliver services to societies, but recently it is discovered that learners and teachers data base contained 13 concepts which make it difficult for some people to reveals their proper results in education in term of delivery system.

Moreover, the above subject signifying the role of teaching to those who were qualified to teach, the reliable men and women who are entrusted to teach others either in primary, secondary, or in universities, and to develop a unify system of education in the Republic of South Sudan. May be we are not far away from the truth, the reality of passing through academic but academic itself never passed through some of us and that is why in fact we failed to make little progress in education in South Sudan as eleven years passed by zero percent.(0%) compared to well structured, technology, and modern education outside the country. We chasten education after like chasing the wind.

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The Ministry of Higher Education, (Directorate of Private, Foreign and Philanthropic Institutions), and Process of Accreditation in South Sudan Private Universities.

By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

January 8, 2016 (SSB)  —  The history of accreditation in South Sudan Universities both Public and Privates institutions have low turn’s lack of nationalism to make South Sudan a better academic inclusive and conducive environment that may attract even foreigners to study in our richest new nation where we have different types of resources than any other nation in the world that may also engulf international attention on academic studies.

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Education as a Priority in South Sudan

By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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First lady, Mama Ayen Mayaardit

January 4, 2016 (SSB)  —  It is with carelessness that our country left many children out of the school system in South Sudan, especially young girls, most of whom aren’t educated beyond the 6th grade level in which Minister of Education should be blame and hold accountable for this. These young girls are more likely to be married at a tender age, at a time when they should still be in school. We have heard so much about war in the past months and years, but we have yet to hear more than a whisper about the small number of girls who have completed the 8th grade.

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The South Sudan national curriculum should emphasis more on Cognitive, Affective and Psycho motor domains since they are the basis of learning.

By Ustaz Mabior Rioc Manyang, Juba, South Sudan

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The first form one students of Alliance [2009]. Front line from left; Akau, Achol, Thon, Guet, Bol, Amer, Chol. Back line from left; Diing, xxxxxx, Bok, Ngong, Deng, xxxxx, Alier

December 4, 2015 (SSB)  —  Building a strong and independent nation on the basis of the new national curriculum is a collective responsibility of every member in the society. When I talk about nation building, I mean designing a comprehensive and education-centered curriculum as it was passed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology three months ago. This was meant to render quality education to all south Sudanese who have been subjected to illiteracy during the Sudan civil wars. Here, let me elaborate more on curriculum design, development and assessment as they are central to teaching and learning in the classroom. The curriculum should consider both the cognitive, affective and the psychomotor domains as they are the strong basis of learning.

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The characteristics and qualities of a great teacher are about guidance, direction, counseling leadership in the education set up

By Ustaz Mabior Rioc Manyang, Juba, South Sudan

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The first form one students of Alliance [2009]. Front line from left; Akau, Achol, Thon, Guet, Bol, Amer, Chol. Back line from left; Diing, xxxxxx, Bok, Ngong, Deng, xxxxx, Alier

December 2, 2015 (SSB)  —  According to Prof. J.C Sekamwa, teacher is like a father who loves all his children equally regardless of their behaviors and manners. However, Prof. J.C. Ssekamwa is a renowned Ugandan professor who has been teaching since 1958 and he has taught me together with my colleagues different education course units at St. Lawrence University in Kampala, Uganda. My academic interaction with him in a numerous occasions has put me in a position to learn more about education and the moral principles of a professional teacher. However, in his teaching, he would always tell us that teaching and learning is the opposite of the same coin and each supplements one another.

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For the Republic of South Sudan to have quality and relevant education, the government should allocate enough resources of all sorts to education sector.

By Ustaz Mabior Rioc Manyang, Juba, South Sudan

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Alliance high school’s Students under a tree {Chueei} during exams – August 2010

November 29, 2015 (SSB)  —-  Resources are defined by Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English as “the means, money, property and skills that are available to someone or an institution for the purpose of achieving specified objectives”. By resources, I am referring to learning facilities, materials and personal factors such as qualifications and experiences. These resources are known as educational resources in the education context and are classified as financial, human, or material resources. The allocated funds are used for meeting teachers’ and administrators’ salaries, providing teaching and learning materials to schools as well as the training and professional development of teachers, teacher residential facilities, administration and maintenance of buildings and facilities.

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What is Government in the View of Dr. John Garang? Dr. John Garang Talking to the SPLA Military Officers about Leadership and the Role of the Government in Readiness for the Post-CPA Era in the Republic of South Sudan

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The Genius of Dr. John Garang: Speeches on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA); Paperback – November 26, 2015 by Dr. John Garang (Author), PaanLuel Wël (Editor)

November 27, 2015 (SSB)  —  With the advent of peace, comrades, we have reached a new phase of our armed struggle, a new phase of transforming the guns and the bullets—that is military power—into political power, and using the political power to achieve socio-economic development rapidly. This is because there is no meaning of revolution—the revolution is meaningless, unless it makes our people happy, unless the masses of our people, as a result of our glorious revolution, become prosperous.

Socio-economic prosperity quantifiable with the degree to which people go ahead and advance in their individual and communal lives: they get food, they get shelter, they get clean drinking water, they get healthcare services, they get social amenities, they get economic infrastructure such as roads, they get jobs and so forth. Unless we provide these essential services to our people, unless the revolution provide these things to our people, then the people will prefer the government of the NIF that provide salt to the government of the SPLM that does not provide anything to its people.

This is simple arithmetic: if the SPLM cannot deliver anything and we just shout REVOLUTION! REVOLUTION!; and yet the cattle of the people are not vaccinated; their children are not vaccinated or sent to school; there is nothing to eat, there are no roads, there are no basic necessities of life—there is no cloth, no needle, not even a razor blade—when the barest minimum of essential things of life are not available, then the people will drive us into the sea, even though there is no sea here, they will find one. Mind you, we have no other choice.

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By Ustaz Mabior Rioc Manyang, Juba, South Sudan

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Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

November 27, 2015 (SSB)  —  According to Yoloye (1980), he defines education as weapon for combating ignorance, poverty and disease: as a bridge between confusion and comprehension, As dam for concerning man’s store of civilization, as a rocket for transporting man from a state of intellectual subservience to a state of intellectual sovereignty. Here, I am recalling the anecdote of a proud professor with the shabby boy who was the boat rower and what went wrong eventually.

One day long ago a certain learned professor, theoretically at least, well versed in philosophy, psychology and Mathematics made arrangements with a boatman in the islands to take him across the river in a rowboat. The professor proudly considered himself as educated, rich, and a master of life and a shabby boy was poor who seemed not to have studied much and only a boat rower. As they were going, the proud professor idly wondering how best to pass the time during crossing, thought of showing off his knowledge to the boatman, so he asked the shabby boy few questions before he was drowned.

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By Ustaz Mabior Rioc Manyang, Juba, South Sudan

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The first form one students of Alliance [2009]. Front line from left; Akau, Achol, Thon, Guet, Bol, Amer, Chol. Back line from left; Diing, xxxxxx, Bok, Ngong, Deng, xxxxx, Alier

November 25, 2015 (SSB)  —  Education is a wider concept with no single standard definition agreed upon by the scholars and academics. Plato defines education as a process of drawing and guiding children towards the principle which is pronounced right by law and confirmed as a truly right by the experience of the oldest and the most just. In other words, education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, positive attitudes and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research.

However, the most agreed definition of education is that, it is a process of transfer, consumption; accumulation and adoption of skills, knowledge ability and change of attitudes among the individuals or between groups of people. It is both a conscious and unconscious process that aims at creating desirable changes in both individuals and the society in which the inhabitants interact. Education may also include informal transmission of such information from one human being to another. Any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

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November 23, 2015 (SSB)  —  There are many women’s activist groups in Juba and hundreds nationwide championing women’s and girls’ rights. Their objectives include, but not limited to girl child education but there seems to be little impact if any at all.

In South Sudanese communities, girls and women play central roles. In most of our traditional settings, women take care of children from birth to adulthood. And I should say mothers continue to shape our characters till death part us. This is because many communities practice polygamy and men have little control over individual children. Every woman therefore grooms her children. The stress that comes with many wives overstretches man’s ability to influence his children. Even in monogamous communities, women also play central roles in uprising children as men search for food, defense the territory and take public services.

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Story of Hunter, Lion and the Buffalo Bull

Posted: October 27, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Contributing Writers, Education

By Kuach Deng, Calgary, Canada

”Until the Lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter”-Chinua Achebe.

October 27, 2015, (SSB) — Once upon a time, there was a skillful hunter whose life was always revolving around hunting for a living and for a recreation as well. One day when he was in deep thick jungle as usual, he came to contact with Koor- human-eater and so he ran away for his dear life.

While the human-eater was chasing him, a buffalo bull saw the human-eater and thought he would come to harm his youngsters and so he started chasing after him too. The hunter was about to lose stamina and so he climbed on the tiptop of a tree. Then, the human-eater   was also afraid that a buffalo bull would catch up with him and kill him, he climbed on the same tree as well and sat at the middle of the tree’ branches and buffalo bull stood under the tree.

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The rise into National Academic Scene! – Alliance High School (Bor) is the dream school of your Child!

By Makwei Achol Thiong, Bor, South Sudan

The first form one students of Alliance [2009]. Front line from left; Akau, Achol, Thon, Guet, Bol, Amer, Chol. Back line from left; Diing, xxxxxx, Bok, Ngong, Deng, xxxxx, Alier

The first form one proud students of Bor’s Alliance High school [2009]. Front line from left; Akau, Achol, Thon, Guet, Bol, Amer, Chol. Back line from left; Diing, xxxxxx, Bok, Ngong, Deng, xxxxx, Alier

October 16, 2015 (SSB)  —-  In 2008, a group of ten students from Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science & Technology voluntarily opened an Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) centre under a tree at Hai Machuor Church, Bor town. Being at the neighborhood of the University, the neighboring community was well placed to benefit from such community service programs from the New University.

The vision was to help primary school drop-outs (those who are too shy to continue with primary education because of their age), the demobilized child soldiers and all those who didn’t have the chance to learn during the long period of liberation struggle which ultimately ended with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.

ALP program is designed in a way that the Eight years of primary education are condensed to four and the learners sit for Primary Leaving Certificate in which the successful ones either join secondary school education or branch to technical or vocational schools.

Another motivational factor for opening up the Centre was for the newly created university to find it easy to interact with the community. The centre was an eye-opener as many who joined got the learning environment less intimidating and favorable for those who are critical of their age. As old as 60 years old learners enrolled.

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By Kur Wël Kur, Australia

Mamer Deng Jur's new bookSeptember 25, 2015 (SSB) — On 27 July 2015, I announced on this site, the coming of Mamer’s book. Finally, it made its way out so the anxious readers have already immersed and filled themselves with some bitter truths, which surrounded refugees’ lives in Kakuma refugee camp. Imagine a place, where every need: water, food, and good health is a struggle: there is [was] such a place in Kakuma. Life at its extreme.

Extreme in the sense that memories of it will be buried with most of us, who struggled and lived in the camp. Regardless of our present lives, bad or good, whether in Western countries or in Africa, Kakuma has a “special” place in our hearts. Mamer squeezed out every bit of that camp-life into his memoir. The shocking truths that oozed out of the book are testimonies of a grown young man who was once a child-refugee. Grown? How? Physical growth is God’s work but academic, spiritual and social growth are personal choices. Mamer has disciplined himself in aforementioned areas and he continues to thrive in them.

Launching it on the 19 September 2015, Mamer explained why he wrote the book and titled it as such: “The Life of a refugee today- Like being a new inmate in prison”. Humbly, he acknowledged the people who encouraged him to finish the book. Friend, I have already bored you, which wasn’t my intention. I am writing this article as an update of the book. The book is out and it has been launched.

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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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For more information, visit our website at www.twiceastgirlsscholarship.org or our email at twiceastgirlsscholarship@yahoo.com.au


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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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: www.twiceastgirlsscholarship.org or our facebook’s page www.facebook.com/twiceastgirls or send us email on twiceastgirlsscholarship@yahoo.com.au With all efforts, determination, passion and humility should and may we educate our girls.

Kind regards

Project Team