UNICEF supports improved field monitoring of education programmes

02 September 2020
A student in the schoolyard
UNICEFSouthSudan/Ryeng

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN, 2 SEPTEMBER 2020 – Yesterday, UNICEF South Sudan handed over a vehicle to the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI) to improve field monitoring of education programmes. The vehicle is funded by the African Development Bank.

Even though all schools are closed in South Sudan as a Covid-19 prevention measure, UNICEF and partners are ready to support the government to reopen them in a safe manner, as soon as the Government of South Sudan gives the green light. Monitoring of education programmes will be key in the first phase after the reopening, as the schools have been closed for a long period.

“Before the pandemic reached South Sudan, 2.2 million children were out of school, and now an additional 2 million children are out of school. A whole generation of children is hit, and we rely on solid partnerships to catch up as soon as the schools are opening,” said Mads Oyen, acting Representative of UNICEF South Sudan

With funding from the African Development Bank, the MoGEI, UNICEF and partners will improve equitable access to quality education for children in South Sudan. The funds will be invested in teacher training and the rehabilitation and expansion of 35 primary schools and 10 County Education Centers in four states where learning has been greatly affected by the conflict. The project is aiming at enrolling over 30,000 pupils.

Media Contacts

Helene Sandbu Ryeng
Communications Specialist
UNICEF South Sudan
Tel: + 211 921 61 5824

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