Mary MacKillop Sudan school to open

06/07/2011

Jonathon Ngor
Jonathon Ngor.
The upcoming opening of the Mary MacKillop School for Girls in South Sudan will realise the vision of CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta New Arrivals Program Family Support Worker Jonathon Ngor.

The school, which will eventually comprise a primary and secondary school for more than 250 girls, opens within days of South Sudan's celebration of its independence from North Sudan on 9 July.

Jonathon, a refugee who was orphaned in war-torn Sudan at the age of seven, founded Southern Sudan Educates Girls (SSEG) after he arrived in Australia some years later under the humanitarian assistance program.

The opening of the schol is the result of the tireless work and fundraising by Sydney's Sudanese Catholic Community, assisted and supported by the Archdiocese of Sydney and the Archdiocese's Catholic Education office.

Land for the school was donated by people of the South Sudan town of Aweil, where the school is sited, and the rest of the funds for building and materials continue to be raised by SSEG.

Ahead of its official opening, 60 youngsters aged between six and eight already taking lessons at the school.

Read a full report on the school's opening at the Sydney Archdiocese Site

Learn more about CatholicCare Social Services's New Arrivals Program

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