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2017 TEDxBeaconStreet Interview with Tito Kuol. Tito’s passion for education took him from South Sudan to Harvard and now he conspires to return to improve education back home.

Tito tells of his epic journey from herding his father’s cattle in South Sudan and how several people conspired to help him receive an education in a refugee camp, boarding school in Kenya, and ultimately earn a place at Harvard – all amidst a civil war raging back home.

His personal legend is to improve education back in South Sudan so that children like him won’t have to go to refugee camps for basic education. But to do so, he needs financial support. He shares his story with the hope that it depicts the greater need for and the importance of education in his country. It’s inspirational and a call to action.


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Tito Kuol

Tito Kuol

Tito is a 22 year old freshman at Harvard University from South Sudan. He was born in a village with no school, and with no means of access to education. Under his older brothers’ influence, he because a refugee at age 9 as a means to get an education in Kenya. Through a winding road he has found his way to Harvard. Tito’s story is inspiring, but as he succinctly put, he does not need his story to help himself, but he does need his story to help him do what it is he wants to do – start a school in his own village in South Sudan. Tito wants to make sure that no youth in South Sudan need to leave their home to get educated, and he is currently on a mission to find out how he can make that a reality.