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Decades of neglect, and years of civil war, have left South Sudan with very limited educational opportunities, a shattered school infrastructure and a lack of qualified teachers and basic learning materials. Generations of South Sudanese people have gone without access to education and the country’s literacy rate is the world’s lowest at only 27%.

The number of people who have been excluded from education is enormous. Currently over 50% (or 2.2 million) of primary school aged children are out of school – making it the country with the highest rate of out-of-school children in the world. Girls are among those who toll the most horrible in accessing education. Parents with very limited means will often priorities boys’ education, and girls are often kept at home due to cultural beliefs.

The lack of adult literacy and education greatly hinders youth ability to engage in economic activities and hinders the growth and peaceful development of the country. There is a need for promotion of non-formal alternative education options to help provide people with the essential literacy, numeracy and vocational skills they need to support themselves.

The challenges of the formal school system also need to be addressed to bring an end to a cycle that leaves children without any access to education. Fewer than 50% of schools have a permanent building. Most schools have no learning materials, teaching aids, wash facilities and furniture. The low number of educated adults means there are very few educated and qualified teachers in South Sudan.

RDAA Priorities

  • Support education in emergency
  • Improve the quality of teaching and learning through innovative and flexible teacher training
  • Providing livelihood education alongside literacy and basic education to support employment and self-employment of out of school youth.
  • Promote girls’ education through community based support
  • Provide vocational training and adult learning programme
  • Providing livelihood education alongside literacy and basic education
  • Strengthen parents’ and communities’ involvement in education