22.06.2011 - Education Sector

South Sudan: independence offers the chance to build a quality education system

© UNESCO/B. Desrus

UNESCO has called on the international community to deliver an education “peace premium” in South Sudan on the eve of its independence.

In a Policy Paper launched on 21 June in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, UNESCO documents the insufficiency of education across much of the country, where over 1 million primary school age children are out of school. South Sudan also has the world’s lowest recorded enrolment rate in secondary education and extensive gender disparities. Nevertheless, since the peace settlement in 2005, South Sudan has also witnessed some extraordinary gains in education.

The paper, entitled Building a better future: Education for an independent South Sudan, was produced by UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report team, an independent team hosted by UNESCO.

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Policy Paper

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