First GESS Program Successful-Team Leader
Participants at GESS’ lessons learn conference at European Union Compound on Wednesday 18th April, 2018 (photo by Moses Gum Degur
By Moses Gum Degur
The team leader of Girls’ Education South Sudan has said the program to support girls’ education was a success in the previous year.
Akuja De Garang said they have been successful in primary and then secondary schools in the past GESS Program in the country.
She revealed the success of the program in a conference to hear “GESS Lessons Learned” convened in Juba to share outcomes of past GESS program on Wednesday organized by GESS and Department for International Development (DFID).
The event attracted education partners, beneficiaries, teachers and school management committees to share outcomes, lessons learnt during the past GESS program in South Sudan.
The event was marked with Films shows, stories from beneficiaries and trained teachers.
However, Akuja said the drop out of school children for both boys and girls remain a major concern.
Akuja stressed that inclusivity of quality education to impact learning outcomes remain an obstacle due to lack of trained and gender and balanced teaching force.
She added that seeking opportunities to synergies in cash transfers program is a key to success and those rural and urban variations are constraints in improving education.
The GESS team leader said the continued violence and conflict in the country has ruined the process that believes in supporting all children in the nation.
Jamesco Deng Deng, GESS state anchor for former Northern Bhar-e-Ghazal state explained that they faced challenge when reporting data to School Attendance Monitoring System due to closure of Vivacell network.
He said their work as anchors was to mobilize, help school teachers transfer daily data from school and assist in development plan.
“We are not sending record in time because of poor network. After the closure of Vivacell most of our school teachers could not afford to send in a day but could use the attendance registrar for the first time. Later on people will come to where is network then the data is sent,” Deng said.
He said the challenge was the late payment of teachers’ salaries which sometimes made them not to report to school but said they continue to advise them to remain teaching despite the economic crisis.
Another GESS state Anchor Mr. Julius Yuga said reaching communities to create awareness on importance of girls’ education is a step to encourage enrolment to schools.
He said GESS work has been instrumental as it gives cash to female students to transform and encourage them stay in schools.
Mr. Julius said supporting girl’s education is a priority to promote the performance of learners.
GESS beneficiary Ms. Tina Arora from Juba Girls’ Secondary School said the GESS Cash transfer helped her continue with studies.
She said despite how less the cash transfer was, she managed to set up a small business to help generate income.
“The time I received GESS Cash transfer, I was able to make a business to keep money coming and to reduce the burden of transportation and breakfast,” she said.
Ms. Tina advised her colleagues not to rely only on GESS money but should use their minds to do other things to improve their living conditions while in school.
She called on the Girls Education program management to keep supporting girls for the purpose of educating the future generation.