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Improving the learning environment for girls

More girls are completing school in North Kordofan State thanks to a Plan International Sudan programme to increase the quality of school buildings.

Girls studying in a new classroom
Girls studying in a new classroom.

Abeer, 12, is in the 7th grade at school in North Kordofan State. In the past she struggled to perform well due to poor school buildings.

Her school used to be built from local materials which meant is was very difficult to learn when it was either very hot, cold or raining heavily. Abeer and her classmates were forced to sit on the ground in over-crowded classes making it very difficult to write in their exercise books and keep clean.

“We did not have water inside school for drinking, washing our hands, toilets or planting trees, but now we have source of water and our school environment looks green,” said Abeer.

Following the work undertaken to improve her school, Abeer has been able to get the highest marks in her class for the past 2 years. She also noted that other members of her class had improved their academic performance and that girls no longer need to go home during school time to get water or use the toilet.

Since the changes to the school, the number of girls attending has also increased from 618 to 700 and the completion rate has gone up too.

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