HART supports Marol Academy near Luonyaker in Bahr-El-Ghazal. Described as a 'Girls school, which Boys may attend', Marol emphasizes the need to promote female education.
Marol Academy was founded in 2007 on the belief that, “to build healthy communities, states, and a nation, girls must be educated equally with boys”. This is embedded throughout its work. HART has worked with Marol Academy since 2008.
It began as a classroom under a tree at the first ever school in the village. Now there are 850 students in the primary school and 250 in secondary school. The challenges of retaining girls at the secondary level are particularly pronounced, and across the country, only 1.6% of secondary school age girls are enrolled in secondary school. In 2015, daily attendance at the Secondary School reached 180 men and women. Lawrence, head teacher at Marol Academy Secondary School, said of their work, “I have seen the fruits of the work that started in 2011 up to date, in that Marol is now known all over South Sudan because of the excellent academic performance. I am very proud to be part of Marol.”
We continue to be deeply grateful for the work of Naomi Pendle, a teacher from Wellington College, England, who came as a volunteer with a HART delegation in 2009, and who in 2010, on her own initiative, helped to develop the school and established a transformational teacher training programme based at the Academy. Marol Academy has succesfully evolved to become a sustainable organisation which no longer requires HART’s focus, although we are still able to pass on funds.
Visit Marol Academy’s website here.