In 2015 Across commits to the concept of OPEN DATA. As part of this commitment, Across is publishing project data in an IATI-compliant way. Across will begin publishing IATI compliant project data as from February 2015, starting with a UKAID funded Girls’ Education Challenge project in South Sudan that is a joint partnership with Red een Kind (Help a Child). Across will initially publish data that needs to be published.
The Lead organization in South Sudan is Red Een Kind (ReK) and the key partner organization is Across. The education focus is on lower and upper primary. Target location is Rumbek East County in 25 schools. The impact on learning targets 12,336 marginalized girls.
Across complies with Red een Kind’s belief in sharing information and knowledge in order to make cooperation easier. Across therefore commits to publish financial data.
Integrated Response Program is being implemented in two refugee camps of (Lasu, Gorom) and urban refugees in Juba town with integrated program interventions. The intervention sectors are education, health and HIV, livelihood, WASH, community services and protection to support the refugees achieve self-reliance. The refugees in the two camps of Gorom and Lasu are from Ethiopia (from Gambella) and from Congo respectively. The urban refugees are drawn from other different countries.
Construction of schools for the refugee community so that children get access to education. Currently there are three primary and one secondary school constructed and providing services to 3,242 students in primary schools including pre-school and 364 students in secondary schools.
There are also pre-schools and adult literacy where teachers are assigned
Recruitment, training and deployment of teachers, so far 105 teachers (25 female) were recruited, trained and deployed to serve in those schools. Among the teachers 81 are from refugees and 24 teachers are from host community.
Provision of accommodations for teachers serving the refugee community
Provision of scholastic materials and school uniforms to children from refugee community. in addition, in some cases, to school fees are covered in private schools
Establishments of PTA (Parent and Teachers Association) and training of the same. Accordingly, there are 40 PTA members running the schools management
Assisting students post primary institutions
Conducting awareness campaigns for girl child education
Constructing children friendly spaces for playing games and provision of playing equipment and materials
Supporting examination fees for candidates of primary and secondary senior candidates
Engaging students in different social clubs and supporting the same
The Specific objectives are:
Population has optimal access to education
Health status of the population improved
Nutritional wellbeing improved
Risk of GBV (Gender Based Violence) are reduced and quality of response improved
Protection of children strengthened
Community mobilization strengthened and expanded
Supply of potable water increased or obtained
Population lives in satisfactory conditions of sanitation and hygiene
Population has sufficient basic domestic and hygiene items
Services for groups with specific needs strengthened
Left: teacher training; Centre: A peace mission in a cattle camp; Right: Vegetable production supported by ACROSS
Health & Education
ACROSS’ Health and Education programmes in Rumbek East work closely with the Ministries of Education and Health. In 2016 ACROSS trained 8 health managers in order to strengthen the supervision of health facilities.
ACROSS trains teachers and supervisors in the education sector. Head teachers from Rumbek East reported in 2016 that they were now receiving regular supervisory visits from Payam and County school inspectors, and attributed this to ACROSS’ programme. ACROSS also helps children to stay in education, particularly girls, incentivising boys to support girls’ learning and education. Thanks in part to ACROSS, 574 girls and 230 boys continued in education in 2016, while 105 girls and 63 boys completed their education.
The Health & Education programmes contain a significant peacebuilding element, which also involves the local church. ECS bishops of Akot and Rumbek dioceses, Bishops Isaac and Alapayo, alongside clan leaders, government officials and NGOs, have worked hard to mediate between youth of rival clans. ACROSS has played its part in bringing people together and through the use of Digital Audio Players, particularly in cattle camps. Revenge killing and clan fighting were significantly reduced in 2016. Rival clans were able to stay together in one cattle camp and visit each other’s villages without restriction or fear.
Farming God’s Way
Supported by Tear Fund Switzerland, ACROSS ran refresher training to improve food security in Rumbek East, attended by 20 participants, following basic training in 2015.
Funded by the International Development Association and by Denmark, the Local Government and Service Delivery Project provides block grants for payam development, involves communities throughout the process, strengthens institutions, and provides project management support. ACROSS facilitates community engagement for the project, helping bomas and payams to identify their needs, develop priority lists and select projects. Thanks to ACROSS, women made up 46% of participants in community meetings, influencing the kind of interventions prioritised. Women, who fetch water from distant places, have particularly identified water as a pressing need. ACROSS has helped to set up Payam Development Committees and Project Supervisory Teams to supervise interventions once selected, following up with County Authorities and contractors when work is not proceeding as it should. Water User Committees have over 50% female representation.
In August 20-27 Radio visited various cattle camps in Terekeka, Central Equatoria. A number of success stories following impact of radio messages recorded in Digital Audio Players (DAP) were shared:
A. Peter Tongun Sub Chief of Joor Boma Lokweni cattle camp and area (centre) reports what he and his camp learnt:
Value life (Don't kill)
Hard work to avoid raiding
Live peacefully with people (use good words and good approaches)
Beneficiaries: 20 youth, 10 women, 70 children
Peter believes that youth will be transformed as they keep listening to radio messages. Across should keep coming and monitoring the messages and adding more messages.
B. Although he did not receive a DAP in the year Chief Magbang of Joor Boma Terekeka County listened to the messages from those who had. He said, "I have told those who are holding on to the DAPs to go to the churches and share the messages with those who have not had access to them. The messages remind me of a good leader."
C. In Ngamangu cattle camp Garbina and Lakenyi, the camp chief,
reported that the messages are good news to help people come out of the box of ignorance to the box of enlightenment. "We are now living as brothers and sisters. We want to share the same with others. Ours is like a school of peace building." Through the message on peace Lukenyi helped solve the fights in the cattle camp.
There are girls in Ngamangu camp some of whom would engage in sexual acts in the bush and would deceive their parents. They listened to the messages on HIV/AIDS, and on consequences of conflict arising when involvement in unofficial sex is discovered. They now want to involve their parents by introducing their suitors to them.
D. Ujungani Cattle Camp
Rt Camp Leader. There is a lot of improvement in the cattle camps as youth have listened to the radio messages. Many are turning away from raids and conflicts to handling matters peaceably.