Creative Writing: Importance and Impact for Girls and Women of South Sudan

Creative Writing: Importance and Impact for Girls and Women of South Sudan
William Jackson CEO MetaverseWP / One Africa Forum Technology Education
Director and Aida Correa Jackson of One Africa Forum, Author and Artist

Mr. Jackson, and his wife Aida are esteemed speakers from
One Africa Forum, they will be joining online to shed light on
the significance of creative writing in the lives of the girls
and women in South Sudan. How their lives and how the skill
of writing can be shared with the millions of girls and women
of South Sudan using the process of
“Creative Writing: Importance and Impact” program.
Mr. Jackson is an educator of 33 years in public and higher
education, he has been writing since 2008 on multiple
local (Jacksonville, Florida), national (United States) and
global digital and traditional writing platforms centered
around empowering African youth, teens and young
adults.

The emphasis that writing can empower and allow
South Sudan girls and women to express their
thoughts, imagination, explore creativity, address
social issues, emotions, and ideas in a powerful and
impactful way. Writing can empower the voices of
girls and women. The use of writing allows the mind
to expand beyond where the physical limitations of
creativity, open doors of literary innovation,
self-expression and build self-respect and the
mastery of language development.
Historically African writers have unique perspectives
of the world around them and how the world is impacted
by African innovation, achievements and the transfer of
knowledge and discovery. The “cradle of civilization”
and the impact of writing that has followed man since
cave drawings as a form of expression.
Writing in the form of storytelling is a powerful tool to
build historical relevancy in the contributions that have
been made by Africans not just across the continent,
but globally. Recognizing and respecting that African
writers and storytellers are just a important as
European, Asian, and other cultures.
From the writings of Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and
Ngugi wa Thiong’o and many others, women and men
have created a dynamic legacy in writing that has influenced
the social structure of political power, economic influences
between the rich and poor across Africa and even the
educational infrastructures that are still adapting to
digital technologies that are changing how African boys
and girls are taught and their access to information
and knowledge.

Ngara, Emmanuel 1985 has stated that, “to fultill its social
function adequately, literature must be able to speak to
the wildest spectrum of society possible… It must reach
the masses of the people in the writer’s society and at the
same time speak to universal man and women equally,”
pg 46.
We must not forget the children of Africa, to many times
they are forgotten and only seen as structural necessities
to be viewed as the fodder of wars, pestilence, disease and
invisibility. Children must represent a vision of the possibilities
for changing the colonized and war-ravaged communities that
are present across South Sudan and even all of the African
continent. Education across Africa needs to be decolonized
from European thinking, children should be seen as a path to
a better future for Africa as a continent. A nations future
successes and failures are based on the educational levels of
each generation. If a nation does not value the education of its
children from infant to adults, ultimately that nation stay at
the lowest levels of poverty, because its children will not be
employed in careers that will allow for investments for
growth, development and elevation.

Poverty is the results of the lack of educational respect and
opportunities, there needs to be infrastructures in place that
can adapt to and blend with the ecosystems of technological
growth and achievements. Ngugi wa Thiong’o has commented
that as the process of unique educational experiences for
South Sudan girls and women grows, education can be used
as a tool to prepare them for the changing world of information,
intellectualism and intellegence. Using this example that is happening
in South Sudan, it represents the hope of South Sudan to grow as
the girls and women grow. Women are the foundation of education,
they are the first educators in the family, they show by teaching,
modeling, collaborating and practicing strategies that have been
handed down through the ages of mothers, grandmothers, aunts,
and other women across the family structure.

Africa can build its independence and stay independent
from the foundations of its educational building blocks of
literature and information sharing. Storytelling that brings the
building blocks of connections and family to one another. The
words of Charles Cantalupo shares the value of writing stating,
“Writing has always been my way of reconnecting myself to the
landscape of my birth and upbringing. Providing the stories that
encourage family connections, bonding and even community path
was to social order.
The writings that the girls and women will be engaging in will
ultimately influence social engagements because it will encourage conversations on levels not done before with girls and women
sharing their experiences and even visions for their futures.

Their visions will ultimately change and influence their futures
because their writings will open their souls to potentials of freedoms
not known before. Through these writing elements change will come:
1️ Self-Expression:
Creative writing is a tool for self-expression, enabling us to share
our unique perspectives and stories with the world.
2️ Empathy and Understanding:
Through writing, we can develop empathy by stepping into the
shoes of different characters and understanding diverse experiences.
3️ Healing and Catharsis:
Writing can serve as a therapeutic outlet, helping us process
emotions, heal wounds, and find solace in challenging times.
4️ Advocacy and Social Change:
Words have the power to inspire, raise awareness,
and drive positive change in society. Writing can be a means to
advocate for important causes that are important to South Sudan
girls and women.
5 Building Solidarity:
Between girls and women, the writing process will build a sisterhood
of solidarity to show their common goals, objectives and desires for
their personal well-being.

Stated by Ngugi wa Thiong’o “the souls of the people gain a new independence,” that is achieved by the creative spirits and social
relationships developed between girls and women of South Sudan.