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The American School of South Sudan Education Empowerment Early childhood development

​Our faculty currently consists of a chief administrator, a deputy chief administrator, principal, dean of students and one teacher. Right now, Juba Kidz Zone is the only operating school of The American School of South Sudan, providing an educational and developmental program for children age 2-5. Next school year, starting in August 2015, the school will open 1st grade for children age 6-7. By 2020, The American School of South Sudan hopes to be operating a complete Pre K-12th grade program divided into four institutions:

Juba Kidz Zone: Nursery, Preschool, and Kindergarten

Bassey Academy I: Elementary School, Grades 1st-4th

Bassey Academy II: Middle School, Grades 5th-8th

Dr. Wal Duany School of Excellence: High School Grades 9th-12th

​The American School of South Sudan aspires to offer internationally competitive educations with language development, technology proficiency, and activities that foster cultural, emotional, and physical development: such as music, sports, and art. 

The plans for The American School of South Sudan were interrupted in December 2013 when Juba was riled by internal conflict. As a precautionary measure, Juba Kidz Zone was shut down temporarily. Despite ongoing violence, the nursery/ pre-school program reopened in February 2014. The eager return of many of the students intensified the determination to expand the school and provide education to more children.

In July 2013, after four years of steady growth, the sisters expanded their vision into a full Pre-K 12 program called: The American School of South Sudan. The new goal of The American School of South Sudan (TASOSS) would include multiple school sites providing proper curriculum and resources to all ages of children in South Sudan. They wanted to give South Sudanese youth complete primary and secondary education, empowering them to pursue advanced degrees internationally and then return to South Sudan to contribute to their nation. 

In 2009, sisters-in-law Nok Nora Bassey and Aprelle Duany were searching for a nursery school in Juba, South Sudan for Aprelle's daughter. They wanted to find an educational environment where she would be empowered to grow, play, and learn with other children- but they were not able to. The lack of education opportunities in Juba was concerning and outside of Juba, it was even worse. Nok and Aprelle were determined to create a solution. Later that year, they put the resources together to open their own preschool in Juba: Juba Kidz Zone.

During its initial days, the Juba Kidz Zone school was a small, ground-level building with one chalkboard, a few chairs, three teachers, and twenty-five students. The school quickly received an impressive amount of financial support, which allowed for the building of a new, air-conditioned, two-story facility.