Impact of BBC Radio 4 Appeal

With your support, education is continuing in South Sudan and we have started a new term of radio education classes for a whole new group of students. Altogether the BBC Radio 4 listener community raised enough to give:


106,000 people the opportunity to listen to our radio education in the safety of their home


137 people the chance to learn again with our 6-month certified tutored classes


We wanted share just a couple of the stories of the new students who are excited to be starting their radio education.


Angelina never got to go to school. Her father refused to send her.

When she was a teenager, she thought if she saved enough money, she would be able to pay for her own education, so she started a small business. But even when she earned enough money her father still refused to send her to school.

He thought it wasn’t good for girls to go to school, so Angelina stayed home. She married and became a mother very young and never received the education some other girls were able to. She says whenever people around her spoke in English she would just laugh along because she was embarrassed she didn’t know what they were saying.

Now as an independent adult she feels she can now ‘open her mind’. Angelina started with our ‘reflect’ education programme for 1 year to receive a basic education in her local language. She is now eager to take her education to the next level with our Speak-Up programme.

Over recent years she has lost three relatives to the conflict. She says sometimes it’s been difficult to continue studying when you lose people, but studying for the first time makes her feel empowered. She is happy to be part of the upcoming tutor group with Speak-Up and to finally learn English.

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Sampson was in his 8th year of school in 2013 when the conflict broke out.

He lost both his parents in the initial fighting in early 2014. He went to live with his uncle but his uncle has many children and there wasn’t enough money to send him to school as well.

He felt frustrated because he knew he would have been able to continue to Secondary School if his parents were still alive. He was particularly frustrated because he wanted to improve his English.

So, he was excited when he discovered Speak-Up tutored classes. He says he was excited because the Speak-Up classes because in addition to English, he will learn things like life-skills, health and hygiene, which aren’t covered in traditional school.



Pricilla says she feels the threat of conflict has always been a continued risk in her community.

Pricilla was happily attending her 7th year of school when she lost both her older brother and older sister. She had to drop out of school to help her family and look after her younger siblings.

As the conflict got more intense though, Pricilla said she felt like there were no opportunities for her other than to get married and to have children. She felt that even saving money so she could go to school wasn’t a good idea. She saw so many people who were trying to study but kept having to run away because of fighting and miss so many classes.

She was so happy to find Speak-Up because it was flexible and she didn’t have to worry about missing classes. She has classes in the evening so she can work in her garden during the day. She is finding her new classes really enjoyable and is excited to learn in both her local language and English.

Learn more about our Speak-Up programme and supporting education for women like Pricilla.

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