Schools for South Sudan

Jim Day / WXXI

The first public screening of a WXXI documentary on an effort to build schools in South Sudan took place Tuesday night at The Little Theatre in Rochester. 

Free Screening Tonight: Schools for South Sudan

Apr 22, 2014

In January 2013 WXXI’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer traveled to South Sudan to explore the issues of education, diversity, and racism in the war-torn country.  She shares her findings in a full-length documentary that focuses on the unique ties between Rochester and this young African nation.

A free screening of the "Schools for South Sudan" documentary starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Little Theatre. A panel discussion moderated by Biandudi Hofer will follow the screening. The screening is open to the public and seats are first come, first served. Click here for more information on the documentary and the panelists.

According to some Rochester-based non-profits, vocational schools are a solution to youth unemployment in South Sudan. Rochester resident, Kuc Majak, launched the Vocational Institute for the Children of South Sudan to assist in this effort. A school is currently being built in his home village of Aweil, in Northern Bahr El Ghazal State in South Sudan. In this interview he shares more about the project, the importance of vocational training in South Sudan, and challenges he’s encountered with his mission.

Joining Hearts and Hands

For the past several weeks on WXXI’s Need to Know Rochester, viewers have learned about the connection between the city on the Genesee and some of the villages throughout South Sudan. Local non-profits, many founded by former Lost Boys of Sudan, are working to bring stability and hope to the people of their homeland.

But the work doesn’t stop in South Sudan. Rochester-based non-profits like Joining Hearts and Hands (founded by Bill and Joanne Cala) are also on the ground on the continent of Africa building schools and health clinics in an effort to improve the conditions of orphans and their communities. 

In the final installment of WXXI's Schools for South Sudan series we examine the ongoing conflict in South Sudan and new initiatives by local non-profits to help bring change and stability to the nation.

From a city on the Genesee to a village on the Nile, we learn about Rochester-based nonprofits working to improve the living conditions of their neighbors....in Africa. This is the 5th installment of WXXI's Schools for South Sudan series.


Feb 14, 2014

In the 4th installment of WXXI's Schools for South Sudan series learn how Rochester is working to promote girls' access to education in a country thousands of miles away from here.

WXXI News presents the 3rd installment in the Schools for South Sudan series. Viewers get an inside look at the Ajong Primary School in the village of Mayan-Abun and how it's helping to rebuild an area ravaged by decades of civil war. The school was built through the support of the Greater Rochester area community.

Schools in remote, war-torn villages in South Sudan are being built through the support of the Rochester area community. Learn the back story of this project and how those involved overcame surprising resistance. It's all part of WXXI's Schools for South Sudan series.