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 Minister urges more effort to educate out of school children

Minister of Education and instructions, Deng Deng Hoc speaks yesterday (Photo by Sasuk):

By Sasuk Taban

The Minister of Education and Instructions has appealed for more efforts to ensure that the 2.2 million children who are out of school to access education.

Deng Deng Hoc made these remarks during the presentation of the USAID supported Emergency Education Program in South Sudan on Monday in Juba.

“We need to double our efforts to ensure children get access to education.  If we do not, the 2.2 million children out of school will increase to 2.4 million,” Deng warned.

He said that the project had exceeded expectations and added that the Sustainable Development Goal four (SDG4) on education is meant to transform the lives of South Sudanese children.

“If children are given the chance to receive education, they can do much better and therefore it is vital for us to keep on working together to achieve the SDGs,” the he added.

Wendy Wheaton, the Acting Director Education South Sudan, USAID Bureau for Africa said that every child has the right to education and further urged the partners to ensure that the right to education is provided for.

Andrea Suley, UNICEF Deputy Country Representative said that it was vital for the partners to ensure that children learn in a peaceful environment.

“Children can create a better future for themselves if they get access to education,” she said.

Anthony Juma, a beneficiary of the programme from Vienna Star Academy said due to the support from UNICEF, they no longer lack school materials. He said they have enough classrooms and the teachers are well empowered through trainings.

Emergency Education Program in South Sudan is a three year USAID funded project that began in 2014 and is being implemented by UNICEF through the Ministry of Education and Instructions.

The aims and objectives of the programme was to provide safe and temporary learning spaces, supply of relevant and adequate learning materials, support accelerated learning programme (ALP), training of teachers and delivery of lifesaving messages in coordination with the Ministry of General Education and Instruction.

The programme has so far managed to attain numerous successes. 464,844 children were enrolled in primary schools far exceeding the 300,000 target, 10,874 teachers successfully completed in-service training, 1,885 Parents Teacher Association/ School Management Committees were trained.

Through the project, at least 1,047,707 textbooks and other learning materials were distributed and 661,147 boys and girls received psychosocial support services.

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