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Rift Valley Institute

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A school where girls come first

Marol Academy is a community primary school in Southern Sudan, in Warab state. It opened in 2008 with 350 students and seven teachers. Founded by Dr Jok Madut Jok, an RVI Fellow born in Warab, the Academy is one of a handful of functioning schools in the state. Unusually, in a region where women have historically been excluded from education, it has more girl pupils than boys, the result of an extended campaign to persuade local families to send their daughters to school. The Academy is, in the words of its founder, Dr Jok Madut Jok, “a girls’ school that accepts boys”.

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