Wärtsilä supports primary education in South Sudan
South Sudan, which proclaimed independence in 2011, is one of the world’s youngest countries. Widespread violence has gone on in the area for decades, and in 2016, South Sudan was listed as the second most fragile state in the world. More than two million South Sudanese have been forced to flee from their homes. Non-governmental organisations work hard to help bring stability to the area by providing education and support as well as emergency relief for those who have lost their homes.
Fortunately, the Karika primary school has not suffered from the unrest in the Mundri area, from which some people have fled to Karika. The area surrounding the school is calm and the children’s studies continue uninterrupted. Nearly half of the students of the school are girls, which is significant in a country with the highest female illiteracy rate in the world.
Education builds hope and continuity
“Education – primary education for children as well as vocational and agricultural training and teacher training for adults – is vital to increasing the local community’s well-being. In addition to useful skills, it provides the people with continuity, hope for the future, and perhaps also a better understanding of each other, which could one day help end the cycle of violence in South Sudan,” says Marko Vainikka, Director, Corporate Relations and Sustainability, Wärtsilä.
Wärtsilä works continuously to support local communities wherever it operates. Social responsibility is an important part of the company’s sustainability actions, and Wärtsilä is committed to improving people’s lives by participating in initiatives, development projects and organisations around the world. Wärtsilä is also a member of the UN Global Compact initiative.