Stakeholders discuss how to document learning outcome assessment for South Sudan with support from ECW

Tuesday 14 December 2021

Stakeholders during the inception meeting in Juba. Photo: Daniel Danis/Save the Children

December 14, 2021, Juba - South Sudan - The Ministry of General Education and Instruction and development partners are moving closer to finalizing the terms of reference document which will enable the collection of a Joint Learning Outcome Assessment in South Sudan.

The proposed assessment seeks to generate 2021 baseline data on the levels of literacy and numeracy skills among learners in South Sudan. It will also act as a baseline through which interventions towards enhancing education outcomes in South Sudan will be assessed - especially focusing on learners’ well-being.

Education Cannot Wait is supporting the initiative to kick-start discussions on conducting the learning outcome assessment for South Sudan.

A one-day inception workshop was held on Monday, December 14, 2021, to provide an opportunity for participants to capture the final round of comments and feedback from the stakeholders and at the same time provide an opportunity to validate the Terms of Reference.

The participants are drawn from the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MOGEI), Save the Children International, UNICEF – GPE, UNESCO, JICA, Windle Trust International, Windle Trust International, Norwegian Refugee Council, and Finn Church Aid.

They explored key learning questions, scope and looked at lessons learned from the previous learning assessments in South Sudan, and developed a proposed work plan and timelines including a roll-out of the request for proposal.

Edwin Kimani, Multi-Year Resilience Programme MEAL Manager said:

“[The inception workshop] will give the green light to Ministry of General Education Instruction and stakeholders to engage in the next course of action for the assessment."

Since the coronavirus pandemic was reported in South Sudan, the education sector was heavily disrupted across the country – leaving children with very limited prospects of maintaining any form of learning at home. The government finally reopened schools in May 2021.

The literacy rates among children in South Sudan, however, continue to be among the lowest in the world. Since the reopening of schools, the Ministry of General Education and Instruction and partners have endeavored to ensure that all learners recover and make up for any learning losses experienced during the lockdown.

The majority of the children are classified to fall among different categories of marginalization which in turn deprives them the access and retention to school which would ultimately improve their levels in the education outcomes.

The proposed national assessment would offer a critical background for future formative assessments on learning. The exercise will be guided and led by the Ministry of General Education and Instruction who will convene the Assessment Technical Working Group to coordinate the study.

 

Edwin Kimani facilitating the inception meeting. Photo: Daniel Danis/Save the Children

Edwin Kimani said:

“This assessment will study the numeracy and literacy assessment, gaps on learning outcomes data, explore on factors affecting the progress of learning, build on developing a capacity strengthening framework for MOGEI in conducting learning outcomes assessment, and present recommendations on enhancing learning outcomes among learners.”

The assessment framework will further include inception and mobilization, fieldwork support, data collection, analysis and reporting, validation, and dissemination.

The stakeholders at the inception workshop pledged to harness commitments from all stakeholders on funding for the learning outcomes assessment.

They resolved to present the outcome of today’s meeting to the Ministry of General Education and Instruction in order to validate the document and share input on quality control.

About Education Cannot Wait [ECW]

ECW is the first global multilateral fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises. ECW’s investments are designed to usher in a more collaborative approach among actors, ensuring relief and development stakeholders join forces to achieve quality education outcomes.

Through the South Sudan Multi-Year Resilience Programme (MYRP), 'Education Can’t Wait' project aims at 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 that support their holistic wellbeing and development.

Save the Children, as the agent, is leading a consortium with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Finn Church Aid (FCA), and 9 sub-contracted implementing partners(IPs).

 

Written by: Daniel Danis/Save the Children

Edited By: Tito Justin/Save the Children