The people of South Sudan are considered as the poorest of the poor worldwide. Nowhere else it is so hard to grow up as a child. For a long period of time children were not able to learn reading and writing at all. Even though the situation has improved, there is still a great need for well-trained teachers, scholastic materials as well as proper school buildings. For almost one third of the Southern Sudanese children, lessons take place in the open air. But to ensure a peaceful future for the people of South Sudan, the majority of the children have to receive quality primary education.

This is also the case at Ginyapoli Primary School, where schooling is reduced to a minimum. The documentary A SCHOOL DAY WITH DIANA reflects one day in the life of a 13 years old Sudanese schoolgirl, which stands exemplary for many other girls in South Sudan. Diana is talking about her everyday life, the lessons at school, her future wishes, dreams and fears. The film gives a deep insight into the simple lifestyle: living with an extended family in a tukul (local hut), the every day way to school, her lessons and the work Diana has to do for her family before and after school. Dianas example shows how hard it is to achieve one of the Millennium Development Goals, ‘primary education for all’. Until the year 2015 all children all over the world, girls and boys, shall be able to complete a full and high quality primary education. A SCHOOL DAY WITH DIANA stands as an example for countries, which have not yet achieved this goal, due to poverty or as in South Sudan due to a long lasting civil war.

Background South Sudan: As result of one of the longest civil wars in Africa, Sudan and especially the population of Southern Sudan is considered as one of the poorest of the poor. South Sudan is listed amongst the least developed countries in the world; many places are without any infrastructure at all. Primary health care systems, roads bridges and schools were almost entirely destroyed by over 20 years of civil war. Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in January 2005, between the SPLA/M (Sudan People Lieberation Movement/Army) and the Government of North Sudan, the newly formed Government of South Sudan in cooperation with international organizations was able to improve a lot for the sake of their people, however the establishment of a well functioning and effective primary education system will still take some time. Still occurring conflicts caused by internal ethnical division and through violence caused by the Ugandan LRA (Lord Resistance Army), are hindering the process additionally.

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Thank you for sharing this amazing opportunity for us to visualize and truly realize the struggles is getting an education in the global south. Diane's tale holds the story of so many, making this documentary a powerful tool for us all to use to truly understand not only the power of education but the importance it is to support the minds of the south. To ignore the power of knowledge is to ignore our key resource in making the world a safer, healthier, and more environmentally friendly place. Nik, this is an inspirational first entry on PulseWire and I can only imagine how your future words are going to touch me and this community as a whole. Thanks and I look forward to reading more from you.

With friendship, Carri Pence

Dear Carri,

thank you so much once more for your feedback, I am glad that you appreciated the movie. I fully agree, and I trust that knowledge is universal, and thus is meant to be exchanged amongst us all. Through this sharing and communication of knwoledge, I foresees a future of unity in diversity, a vital expression of peace.

I wish you a wonderful day. IN UNITY, Nik

Dominik Lehnert

Xchange Perspectives e.V. Deisenhofener Str. 4 D-81539 Munich, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 177 89 31 53 5 Skype ID: nik.lehnert

Dear Nik,

Thank you for sharing Diana's story, and the story of so many women and girls in Sudan. What a beautiful girl with a bright mind, dedication to her family and drive to succeed.

These quotes from Diana struck me the most:

"In Sudan I am frightened of wars, of snakes and of lions, I also fear crocodiles and elephants. The disease I always get ill of is malaria. Many times I have had malaria."

"I fetch 10 containers of water per day."

"I do not have time to play with my friends because there is a lot of work to do at home. Sometimes I do my homework, sometimes not because of so much work"

"I dream of being a doctor in Canada."

By sharing Dianna's story with the world, you are creating awareness to the issues in this region. While I was fairly familiar with issues of water, the worth of a woman, and malaria, something that I had not thought much about before is the urgent need for proper teacher training rural Sudan and other regions of Africa. This is something I am left thinking about... as well as sweet Dianna and her dream to be a doctor.

I hope that you will continue sharing your work, projects, lessons learn, solutions, and videos with our community.

In friendship, Jade

Dear Jade,

thank you so much once more for your feedback, I am glad that you appreciated the movie. I loved working with Diana, her family and the community she lives in. It is amazing how little people need, how one can be happy considering the harsh conditions, realizing that we can and should learn a lot from people around the world.

Working with Diana was a true source of inspiration. Outstanding how outspoken she is. I remember, when we were looking for our protagonist, how she addressed the problems and joys so directly in front of all her classmates and the teachers. Taking the culture of Sudan and the role of women into account, the only word crossing my mind is 'Courageous’.

Unfortunately I haven’t been in touch with her since 2009. I heard she is in Juba now with one of her aunts, doing her secondary classes. It would be awesome to meet her again, see and film how her life has developed and how close she is to realizing her dream.

Wishing you a wonderful day, with all your dreams coming true. IN UNITY, Nik

Dominik Lehnert

Xchange Perspectives e.V. Deisenhofener Str. 4 D-81539 Munich, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 177 89 31 53 5 Skype ID: nik.lehnert

Thanks do much darling for sharing this post.......while looking forward to read more from you. I met a woman from Southern Sudan sometime ago, and the news was heartbreaking! I was shedding know we were taught how war affects individuals, then we learn to take care of women first and children because these sets are the most hard hit by war. Thanks for sharing her story and givine the world an example of what chidlren are passing through in this zone. Thanks so much friend.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre 512 Road F Close Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

the struggle for the education becomes so much tough in the part where the basic needs are more important than other things in life. Yet this story shows, how difficult it is to make people convince that why education is important and its is the most better way to convince through the people who belongs to one of them!!

A great story !!! It makes me to think about the many parts of nepal where the basic needs is the first thing they choose in life!! and an education is far away behind their life!!!

thank you so much for sharing it!