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Ambassador Page commended the state government for keeping the projects alive, especially the girl’s school, which is being attended by students from four South Sudanese states this year.
She stressed the importance of education for poverty reduction and urged girls to board at the school.
There they would be safer from early pregnancy and other hindrances outside to pursue education.
Western Equatoria Governor Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro told Ms. Page the state had remained peaceful after conflict erupted in Juba on December 15, between government and opposition forces, spreading to several other states.
He said Western Equatoria’s priority was education, which was key to success in life and development.
The government would build and assist schools, while student enrolment would remain the responsibility of parents and community.
Minister of Education Pia Phillip said the state government believed educated women in politics would reduce conflict and poverty.
Women who had gone to school would also value education for their children, he said.