ECW-MYRP supports education in emergency partners to validate education needs assessment for South Sudan.

Thursday 11 November 2021

November 11, 2021 - Juba South Sudan: Members of the South Sudan Education Cluster have met in Juba to validate key findings and themes from an Education Needs Assessment recently conducted with funding from Education Can Not Wait (ECW) project supported by the Multi-Year Resilience Programme (MYRP). Photo: Daniel Danis

Save the Children International as a grant management agent together with the Norwegian Refugee Council and Finn Church Aid is supporting the Ministry of General Education and Instruction through the Education Cluster to conduct the Humanitarian Needs Overview.

This will feed into the Humanitarian Response Plan after the validation by participants from MoGEI and other Education in Emergency partners. The Cluster members provided their feedback on the research document presented by a consultant on Education Needs Assessment in South Sudan.

According to 2021 data from the School Attendance Monitoring System (SAMS), gross enrolment in South Sudan accounts for slightly over 2.5 million learners enrolled in Early Childhood Development (ECD), primary and secondary education, of which 48.8% are female learners.

In 2020, the number of out-of-school children in South Sudan was 2.8 million of which 53% were girls and 20-60% were children with disabilities. The Humanitarian Needs Overview also shows that food insecurity, folds, violence, and conflicts significantly affect regular attendance to and retention at school, among other needs and demand barriers.

As part of the efforts to support Education in Emergency, the draft findings, among others, indicate that the least likely group of children to participate in education are; children without a parent or guardian, Child-headed households, Learners with disabilities, Young mothers, Married learners, and Pastoralists children.

County officials, education leaders, and community members attributed the reasons for school dropouts particularly among girls to marriage, pregnancy, domestic duties, School fees, and lack of food and school fees.

Additionally, cases of dropout among boys were attributed to lack of school fees, Cattle rearing and lack of food, Employment, Marriage, Insecurity in or around schools. The respondents also noted that there is an inadequate number of schools in the remote areas of South Sudan following years of conflicts.

George Mogga, the Director-General of the Directorate of Planning and Budgeting in the Ministry of General Education and Instruction said:

“Most of the returnees are coming to a village without school, but before they left, there were schools. However, most have expressed interest in joining TVET to earn skills for making a living.”

This is in line with ECW’s objective of ensuring that out-of-school children (OOSC) in priority areas have flexible, responsive routes into learning opportunities that support their transition into further levels of education and their holistic wellbeing and development.

 The validated findings of the Education Needs Assessment will inform the education sector and humanitarian needs overview and humanitarian response for South Sudan.

 Mr. Mogga stated:

“This validation is for us to present what is really happening on the ground. If we don’t do our work, the humanitarian intervention in South Sudan will continue for a very long time. But if we do well, the interventions will reduce.”  

 Some of the needs projected by the respondents include regular payment of teachers’ salaries, rehabilitation of school infrastructure, including classrooms, supply of teaching and learning materials, school equipment such as benches and chalkboards, school feeding programs, and assistive devices for persons living with disabilities, among others.

 About MYRP

The South Sudan Multi-Year Resilience Programme (MYRP) is grounded in the reality of South Sudan, where a systemic change in the education sector will be needed to drive results for all children, with a focus on girls and children with disabilities, while also supporting recovery and the return of refugees and IDPs and the transition from emergency to development.

 As grant agents, Save the Children International led consortium with Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Finn Church Aid (FCA) works with 17 Implementing Partners to ensure that the project objectives are achieved working across 6 States in South Sudan – under the direct supervision of the Education Can Not Wait (ECW) Steering Committee chaired by the Undersecretary in the Ministry of General Education and Instruction and co-chaired by FCDO and USAID.

 Written by Daniel Danis/Save the Children