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Children from the Ngo Halima Elementary School. This school serves over 100 students. Schools in South Sudan have no capacity to absorb this large number of students. Most of the schools here are operating in temporary structures, often under trees.

How Many Children will be able to use the School that BCA is building?

The school project is the first major undertaking by the Balanda people to address the need for education in their community in the Republic of South Sudan, which at this moment, does not have the single operational primary, intermediate, and secondary schools. To accomplish this strategic goal, the association has contracted with Hangar-41 architectural firm in Denver, Colorado to design and construct twenty five (25) classrooms college preparatory primary and intermediate school (two schools in one) academic complex for one thousand students (1000) grade one through eight in Wau, South Sudan. This amounts to forty students (40) per classroom.

It is important to note that the school project itself will be carried out in six phases with phase one of the project to include six classrooms, an administration building, cafeteria, library, bookstore, storage facility, a clinic, and water tank. The association plans to start with six classes or two hundred and forty students (240) and increase the size of the school in terms of number of new students by two classes or eighty students (80) each year until the school is at its full capacity of one thousand students in eleven years from now. The goal is to start small at first and then grow the school each year over the next one decade.

Where will the School be Built?

The South Sudan School Project is being implemented in Wau, Republic of South Sudan, a new nation which came into existence on July 9, 2011 after fifty five years of two civil wars between then Northern and Southern Sudan. The school will be built on the land purchased in February 2010. The area of the land for the school is 600 meters long by 400 meters wide (240,000 square meters), and the plan is underway to purchase additional land for future expansion.

What is the total cost to build/finish the school?

It is important to note from the outset that the South Sudan School Project will be constructed in six phases with phase one and two constituting the major portion of the project. The estimated total cost to complete phase one, which will include six classrooms, an administration building, library, clinic, bookstore, cafeteria, water tower, and storage facility for materials and supplies is four hundred and fifty thousand U.S dollars ($450,000.0). The exact final costs will be made available once the engineering blueprints or construction documents are completed and the bill of quantity for the whole project is issued.

How will this school building positively affect the community?

In the Balanda Community in both Western Bahr Ghazal State and Western Equatoria State, where literacy rate and access to education is nearly zero, once this School Project is completed, it will immediately begin to raise the literacy of our community and provide access to quality education for Balanda women who have been blocked from accessing education in over a century. In fact, we project that when the school begins to graduate large number of students in ten to fifteen years from now, it will have huge impact on workforce in the States of Western Bahr Ghazal and Western Equatoria as well as the entire Republic of South Sudan in that the school will be graduating a pool of quality students who can then be trained to be nurses, teachers, carpenters, doctors, and lawyers.

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