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How Access to Water Impacts Education
Team11: Kayla Skinner, Alex Lisko & Dreyson Conyers 
Children in South Sudan face many difficulties, including access to clean water. Along with the tedious task of acquiring water, they also face the spread of disease (most of which is caused by lack of hygiene) which takes their time away from learning. Therefore, between this lack of access and widespread diseases, constraints are placed on children from receiving proper education.
Issues in South Sudan
88% of diarrheal diseases are a direct result of unclean drinking water, lack of sanitation, and insufficient availability of water for hygiene 
(“Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene”).

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UNICEF reported, “Low rates of primary school completion and high gender, geographic, and wealth disparities pose enormous challenges to the development of South Sudan” (2016). 

South Sudan’s education rate is among one of the lowest in the world according to UNICEF. For example, the adult literacy rate stands at 27% and 70% of children aged 6-17 have never stepped into a classroom in their entire lives (2016).
In Linda Sue Park's A Long Walk to Water, Nya's daily routine was fetching water for her family. This time could’ve been used to help further her education, even though culturally, women and children are the providers while men go to school and get jobs. Unfortunately, Nya had to abandon her education to bring water to her family for basic things like bathing and cooking. Norms for young men caused young adolescents to receive more access to education whereas young men did not. 
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What Can We Do?
Partnering with the Global Partnership for Education in order to increase the capabilities of teachers in South Sudan could create improved curriculum development, and the creation of temporary safe schools.  For example, “In 2005 the GPE approved a five year grant to South Sudan of just over $36m. Of this, $19.9m has been disbursed for curriculum development, learning assessment, training in school governance and school construction” (Letters 2017). If we push collaborating with GPE to further the efforts to provide access to clean and potable water for women and children in South Sudan, the progress will continue.

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