Let’s Learn benefits of Education
By Moses Gum Degur
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Enrolment stands at 750,000
The enrolment of school children in various schools across the country stands at 750,000 as of last week. It is expected to rise above the number in recent days.
Minister Deng Deng Hoc said he expected the enrolment this year to pass 1.5 million learners in the country.
1,850 School operating
At least 1, 850 schools are currently operating in the country with good number of students registered.
GESS authorities said, according to School Monitoring Attendance system, they track these schools through daily attendance reporting book.
The schools that opened last year were 3000 out of 6000 schools country wide.
School drop out
Over 1.8 million children dropped out in South Sudan last year.
Eastern Equatoria, former Warrap and lakes recorded high numbers.
47,000 teachers’ country wide
The minister of General education said his ministry trained 47,000 teachers to help transform education system in the country.
He said they include female teachers to give lessons to children.
Deng said he expect quality teaching from them for they are fully equipped with teaching skills.
In former Northern Bahr el Ghazal
67 schools received a Capitation Grant in the month of March alone.
The provision of cash aimed at improving the physical and learning environment of the school.
The GESS office said they received 587 School Development Plans & Budgets, which means more schools will soon receive the grant.
In former Jonglei,
GESS trained 8 ‘Girls’ Education Champions’ in Bor and Twic East counties. The Champions will work voluntarily in their communities to support positive changes in knowledge, attitudes & practices towards girls’ education in South Sudan.
In Boma state
A new secondary school opens for the first time, said the minister of General education and Instructions Deng Deng Hoc Yai.
He said Boma state has never had a secondary school but has now come to reality to realize the importance of education in the state.
He said the new school will have children of the state have access to education services.
Boma state has been one of the least developed states in South Sudan. For the past years, the area witnessed cycle of child abduction which analyst said is the threat to growth of children.
In Fashoda state
10 schools reopen after security improves
More than 10 schools reopen in Fashoda state months after the conflict halt in the area, Education Minister said.
Deng said, the improvement of security in areas like Fashoda, is a step that will make children go for learning.
He said education in conflict affected areas have been in standstill due to fighting between government and oppositions forces.
Thousands of people left greater upper Nile for refuge in neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya.
Teachers moving with cattle
As part of Pastoralist education, teachers are moving with cattle keepers to enable young people follow a formal education.
Minister Deng said they are implementing a programme to povide opportunities, to help those in camps expand their interest on education.
He said pastoral families in cattle keeping States residing in camps migrate to different areas to graze and water their livestock.
Minister Deng said despite the random movement and onset of rains, they are continuing with education.
He stressed the important of pastoralist education as to empower pastoralists to have better control over their marketing chains, including numeracy skills to count and record cash earned and improve their negotiation skills.
In South Sudan many children and young people lack access to basic education, while adults receive no support to improve their livelihoods.
Last year in 2017, the pastoralist education programme was launched in the country. The curriculum known as the adapted Pastoralist Livelihoods and Education Field Schools (PLEFS) curriculum and the Pastoralist Education Program Strategy Framework was developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in partnership with Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI), Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries (MLF) and Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS).
“It is our long-term vision to see to it that pastoralist communities receive adequate services and infrastructure to improve their livelihoods,” says James Janka Duku, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries.
South Sudan, the newest country in the world, has some of the lowest educational indicators, with education of girls being among the lowest. Very few girls who begin primary education continue to secondary school; in 2016, 128,000 girls started primary school, but only 2,700 girls completed secondary school.