Sharon, Diana, Josephine, Mercy and Imelda have just entered their third year at St. Bakhita’s School for Girls. They study a range of subjects: English, Kisawhil,; Maths, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, History, Geography, Christian Religious Education Agriculture, and Business Studies. In their latest school reports, each of the girls achieved subject grades that placed them in the top third of their year. Outside of lessons, the girls have the chance to enjoy extracurricular activities such as sports and drama.
The boarding facilities at St. Bakhita’s benefit the girls in a number of holistic ways. They are free from a long, exhausting walk to and from school, which would impact on their concentration and capacity for learning. They don’t have to wake up early to collect water or carry out household chores. They are also protected against cultural and social practices which may impact on their education, such as early marriage and childbirth. Ultimately, they are free to learn in a safe environment, and they are thriving in it.
Diana enjoys the comforts of boarding—the supply of clean water, for instance— while Sharon and Imelda love the fact that boarding gives them the chance socialise with girls from other tribes. Mercy loves the friendly atmosphere of the school, and for Josephine, St. Bakhita’s is the thing that makes her most happy in life.