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UNICEF South Sudan’s Back-to-Learning plan for 2015

Back-to-Learning in South Sudan: Ensuring all children have access to learning opportunities

30 October 2014

The on-going crisis in South Sudan is aggravating an education system that was already fragile. UNICEF South Sudan is addressing the crisis in education with an Education in Emergency plan called Back-to-Learning in South Sudan: Ensuring that all children have access to learning opportunities [PDF]

The Back-to-Learning campaign will cover all ten states of South Sudan and have a duration of 14 months, starting from 1 November 2014 to 31 December 2015 and will reach 400,000 children and adolescents.

The key activities take a dual tracked approach aimed at two geographic groups to ensure that all children across South Sudan are able to access education opportunities, no matter where they live:

The Integrated Education in Emergencies package will address Internally Displaced children and adolescents in the Protection of Civilian sites and other locations in six of the conflict- affected States with tailored education programmes for different age groups and will include:

  • Access to quality education, including teacher training, establishment of Parent Teached Association (PTAs), child-centered learning to include core curriculum and life skills- based education, and psychosocial support to allow traumatized children to re-enter education;
  • Social Mobilization to map cultural and social bottlenecks that prevent access to education and use of mass media campaigns to deliver peacebuilding messages and promote education as the right of all children, even in emergencies;
  • Establishing learning spaces in conflict-affected states which include sex-separated sanitation facilities and potable water; and
  • Education supplies that include school bags, stationery and textbooks.

The Basic Education Package for out-of-school children and adolescents will reach vulnerable children in the remaining four States and will include:

  • Teacher training in pedagogy, Child-Friendly School approach, life skills and peace education, alternative education and support given to PTAs;
  • Social Mobilization in those non-conflict States where there are high numbers of out- of-school children in order to raise awareness with parents and the communities on the right to education and promote educational opportunities for girls and boys;
  • Improve learning environment to include school Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities and; 
  • Education supplies, including a basic Back-to-Learning package.



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