• Girls lead the way in the world’s newest country

    The newest country in the world is not yet two months old. South Sudan is now one of the poorest nations on the planet where a 15-year-old girl is more likely to die in childbirth than finish primary school.

    As South Sudan finds its feet on the world’s stage, I spent time with young girls who are not only going to school but who will be part of building the country from scratch.

    Don Bosco is the only fully functioning vocational centre in the whole of the country and it is boldly helping girls lead the way in independent South Sudan.

     

    The centre teaches mechanics, electrical engineering, building, printing, IT and woodwork. These trades are essential in providing skilled workers who will build a brand new country.

     

    It was interesting not only to find girls who are receiving an education but also those studying stereotypically masculine trades, and excelling at it.

     

    This collection of portraits provides a rare glimpse into the possibilities bubbling in one of the most underdeveloped nations on earth.

  • Don Bosco - women build a new country in South Sudan
    Don Bosco - women build a new country in South Sudan
  • Don Bosco - women build a new country in South Sudan
    Don Bosco - women build a new country in South Sudan
  • Rebecca is the lead student on the building course
    Rebecca is the lead student on the building course
  • Mona is on the wood work course
    Mona is on the wood work course
  • Don Bosco - women build a new country in South Sudan
    Don Bosco - women build a new country in South Sudan
  • The woodwork class
    The woodwork class
  • Don Bosco - women build a new country in South Sudan
    Don Bosco - women build a new country in South Sudan
  • Monica is on the printing course
    Monica is on the printing course
  • Grace is on the printing course
    Grace is on the printing course
  • The electricians course
    The electricians course
  • Miriam is on the electricians course
    Miriam is on the electricians course
  • Monica is on the electricians course
    Monica is on the electricians course
  • Monica is on the electricians course
    Monica is on the electricians course
  • Don Bosco - women build a new country in South Sudan
    Don Bosco - women build a new country in South Sudan
  • Esther is a student on the mechanics class
    Esther is a student on the mechanics class
  • Don Bosco - women build a new country
    Don Bosco - women build a new country
  • Don Bosco mechanics class
    Don Bosco mechanics class
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