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A classroom for Asholl

South Sudan, December 4, 2012

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Asholl loves school so much that she wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

The second grader would stay in class all day if she could: "I like learning to read and write. I am bored when I have to stay home and it is raining. There is nothing to do."

But in Bentiu, South Sudan, near the disputed border with Sudan, there are no classrooms, let alone the pencils and paper Asholl needs to do her lessons.

Classes held under the trees are often canceled due to rain or even aerial bombardments as conflict between the two countries continues. Asholl brings a stool with her to school so she doesn’t have to sit in the mud, but other students are not so lucky.

Now, thanks to new temporary learning spaces built by Mercy Corps, Asholl and her classmates have safe, dry places to focus on their education. They have pencils and paper for studying, markers and glue for imagining, globes and books for exploring.

At just seven years old, Asholl is now able to dream big and trust that she’ll have the opportunity to keep learning.

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