20 March 2023

Efforts to ensure school children access national exams are keeping career dreams alive

It’s early morning in Bor Town, the Jonglei State Capital, and hundreds of primary students flood the streets - many excited to sit their Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE). For Abiel Elijah Deng, a 16-year-old St. Andrew Primary eight student, sitting for these exams means a lot, “For me to change my community where the rule of law isn’t…, School Administration’s remain committed, In his speech while addressing the candidates ahead of their first exam, Jacob Nhial, the Principal of another Bor based Primary School, St. Andrew commends the efforts of UNICEF and its partners in supporting the delivery and administration of the examinations. “Education is a child’s fundamental human right but this can't be fulfilled when…, What it takes to deliver exams, Ayuen David, Jonglei State Education Officer, emphasizes the difficulty in coordinating and delivering national exams to hard-to-reach areas in the Greater Jonglei Region, “Coordinating a time bound and highly guarded commodity like the examinations - and more so moving it to insecure and inaccessible areas - is quite challenging. The delivery…, Students relish the opportunity to advance their education, Abuol Alier, a 16-year-old primary eight student from Bright Academy Primary School, who dreams of being a lawyer, said having sat for the national exams was the successful conclusion of her eight-year primary journey. “After sitting for my exams, I felt excited more than I could ever feel. For eight years, I have been studying and now being able…
30 September 2022

South Sudan: Securing a brighter future for children affected by conflict

During conflict, education helps the country, the community, to keep up to date with information. When pupils come to class, it helps to take their focus away from the sound of gunfire and from taking part in criminal activities. Kutio Wilson Martin Science teacher, Mongbondo School In 2011, South Sudan became the world’s newest nation when it…, Millions of children are out of school, In South Sudan, there are an estimated 4.75 million school-aged children – including 472,452 internally displaced children. The country has one of the world’s highest proportions of out-of-school children, as about 3 in 5 children have never set foot in a classroom or have dropped out. To compound this, pandemic-related school closures forced 2.8…, Laying the foundation for quality education, Going to school provides South Sudanese children with an essential sense of normalcy in the context of the violence, displacement and poverty that they have endured. The first major GPE grant of US$36 million for 2013-2018 (GPE I) was implemented during a complex period of armed conflict. While most donors shifted priorities and moved to…, GPE promotes an inclusive process, The current GPE grant of $41.7 million (GPE II) aims to reduce the number of out-of-school children by 15%, thus increasing access to quality education. GPE II was developed through an inclusive consultative process led by MOGEI, involving the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, donors, development partners and civil society organizations.…, Reducing the number of out-of-school children, Despite the unprecedented emergency created by COVID-19, which delayed program implementation, several interventions have already been completed. GPE supported a mapping exercise to identify locations with the highest concentration of out-of-school children and profiled their learning levels and educational needs. girls speaking in front of…, New textbooks and teacher training, To improve the quality of education, the GPE program has funded the printing and distribution of 462,700 teacher guides and more than 4.9 million textbooks, which benefited  more than 2.3 million students . The provision of textbooks and teacher guides marked the first opportunity for children and teachers to access much needed instructional…