Skills for Nuba Mountains (SNM) is a registered independent and non-profit organization established in 2014 by the development professionals from the Nuba Mountains, Sudan in response to the weak skills and low capacities among the communities in the region. SNM is legally registered by the Ministry of Justice, Republic of South Sudan under the registration number 2167 as well as with Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) under the registration number 544.
SNM was born out of a recommendation arising from a capacity-building workshop held in Heiban County in April 2014 in the SPLM-N controlled areas of the Nuba Mountains Region, which brought together 164 participants drawn from civil society and SPLM-N government as well as traditional leaders and women and youth representatives. The idea was to establish an organization to build and strengthen the capacities of local communities given that the region has weak human capacity, which had arisen from continuous marginalization of the region during the colonial period but more so by successive regimes of Sudan since independence.
During my primary schooling, I used to collect tamarind and baobab fruits and baked bread for sale in order to pay my school fees. I finally dropped out in class six when school raised the fees but gained momentum and rejoined class seven in 2013. I joined class eight in 2014 and my mother struggled to pay for my examination fees, which enabled me to sit for the final examination (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education).
Amani Adam Omar, Student
“The saddest time of my life, was when I had to leave school for two months just before my final primary examinations, as I was unable to raise the registration fees.” – Eighteen-year-old Amani Adam Omar, a female student at Kurumba Boarding Mixed Secondary School.
When I came home, I found that St. Joseph in Gidel and Kurumba Secondary schools were open and so I opted to join Kurumba School. My uncle encouraged me to go back to school while my father protested saying that I had to get married and that it was better for boys to study than girls. In my family, my father always encouraged my brothers to study but told us girls that we should look for suitors and get married. I felt my father only kept us for marriage purposes. This discrimination made me hate myself for being a girl.