Ngor Majak Anyieth
South Sudan, East Africa
Majak is a South Sudanese social entrepreneur who believes in the power of, and uses education to enable young South Sudanese transform their lives, and their communities.
Majak develop an appreciation for education at a young age. Growing up in a war-torn South Sudan, Majak educational opportunities we limited. At the age of 13 years, he moved to Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya, where he received most of his early education through the support of refugee agencies in the camp.
Majak is an alumni of the African Leadership Academy, a two year leadership program that identifies and prepares the next generation of African leaders; and the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, Majak started his organization, Education Bridge, to promote peace and provide educational opportunities to many South Sudanese who were still bearing the consequences of the Sudan civil war.
Education Bridge builds and operates schools in South Sudan that focus on helping students develop peacebuilding skills.
Education Bridge’s first goal is to increase access to quality secondary education in South Sudan. In particular, we focus on girls education in a country where child marriage is common and the female literacy rate remains well below the literacy rate of the male population. Their second goal is to help students develop peace-building skills. They hope to help alleviate ethnic conflict among younger generations in South Sudan by using their peace-building curriculum and also by creating diverse school communities, where students from different ethnic groups can safely interact with one another.
Majak and his team have realized these goals so far by opening their first South Sudanese school, Greenbelt Academy, located in Bor, Jonglei state in South Sudan.
We began our partnership with Majak and Education Bridge in 2019. Our initial grant helped improve the infrastructure of their flagship school campus by building an additional block of classrooms to replace a temporary shelter.