South Sudan: New Education Drive Targets 500,000 Kids

Children attend the launch of the Back to Learning campaign, in Juba, the capital. Two of the children are holding a banner bearing their school’s name and motto.

A cross-section of youths living within Kampala took it up upon themselves yesterday, sickness capsule to conduct a voters’ education outreach program for peaceful election.

The youth clad in white T-shirts and caps embossed with electoral commission logos moved from Jinja road, to Entebbe Road, Wandegeya, Bukoto, Nakawa and Bugolobi and back to Centenary Park carrying placards and banners calling for peaceful elections.

Youth engagement they said is key

Youth engagement they said is key

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One identified as Kasule when asked on their involvement in the election process, revealed that youth participation is key in the decision making process of the country.

Kasule says besides several avenues being used to call on Ugandans to go and vote; engaging youths like them and other partners through fun filled activities like skating, road drives with the aspect of music dance and drama, would help get more youth to love and appreciate the voting exercise.

Onlookers show support to the cause

Onlookers show support to the cause

As the youth walked peacefully through the streets, they chorused “Twagala Dembe” (we want peace) as onlookers applauded them.

They said their message targeted not only youths like them but all people of voting age in Kampala who are either pessimistic or indifferent about the election exercise.
An initiative to educate over half a million children in South Sudan was launched today by the Ministry of Education, this Science and Technology with support from UNICEF.

The Back to Learning initiative (phase 2) will target vulnerable communities across South Sudan by providing learning opportunities for children currently not attending school, either due to conflict or obstacles such as distance or family finances.

UNICEF last month announced that about 1.8 million children are out of school in south Sudan

This year’s campaign builds on the success of phase 1 of the initiative which allowed more than 360,000 children to access education in 2015.

South Sudan has some of the worst education indicators in the world with only one in 10 children completing primary school.

The conflict that erupted in 2013 has forced more than 400,000 children out of school and has significantly decreased primary school enrolment.

“We made great progress last year but there are still too many children not receiving an education,” said Dr. John Gai Yoah, Minister of Education and Technology.

“That is particularly an issue for girls and children uprooted by conflict.”

The Back-to-Learning 2 initiative will provide an integrated education in emergencies package for displaced children and adolescents in conflict-affected areas, and a basic education package for vulnerable children and adolescents in areas that have not been affected by the fighting.

“A child not in school is a child robbed of her rights and her future,” said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF’s Representative in South Sudan. “Societies will not function if we fail to educate our children”

UNICEF says to provide access to learning opportunities for the more than half a million vulnerable children and adolescents aged 3 to 18, UNICEF and partners require US$75 million.


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