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The South Sudan National Editors Forum (NEF) in collaboration with UNESCO South Sudan Office and other stakeholders has conducted a two-day workshop for editors and reporters on Conflict Sensitive Reporting.
The workshop that took place from 1-2 March 2018 at AMDISS Center in Juba strengthened the capacity of media professionals to report in a well-researched, factual, non-biased way and to contribute to dialogue, mutual understanding and eventually reconciliation and peace in the country.
The Media Development Institute (MDI), the training arm of Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) with support from UNESCO carried out a 4-day training workshop on “Safety and Protection of Journalists” to equip journalists with necessary safety skills as they do their work in the country.
The training conducted from 14-19 February 2018 at AMDISS Centre drew participants including MDI students, MDI Trainers and other media professionals.
South Sudan media stakeholders have used the occasion to commemorate the 2018 World Radio Day to call for use of radio to encourage local sports for peaceful coexistence in the country.
The event under the theme “Radio and Sports” took place on 13 February at the University of Juba Play Ground.
It was marked with speeches from different radio stakeholders and government officials graced with a football match between radio journalists and local football coaches as well as traditional dances from different cultural groups.
The Community Empowerment People Organisation (CEPO) and the Association of Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) with support from UNESCO and the UN Peacebuilding fund, UNDP, JMEC and the Government of Japan conducted a training for 50 journalists from 1 – 2 February in Juba.
The majority of the population in South Sudan is under thirty years of age. However, ongoing conflict, high unemployment and lack of consistent access to education risks leaving the generation of youth without the skills to politically, economically, and socially grow the world’s newest nation. Peace and the stability it provides are paramount in South Sudan.
The South Sudan National Dialogue Secretariat and the Association of Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) held a forum on 18 January 2017 to assess the state of freedom of expression and media ‘role in peacebuilding and to discuss the importance of Access to Information and Safety for all stakeholders during the National Dialogue process.
UNESCO is collaborating with various UN agencies and media associations to implement a new project aimed at strengthening the role of media in national dialogue and ongoing peacebuilding initiatives for lasting peace and sustainable development in South Sudan.
Forty community girls schools (CGSs) are conducting classes for 525 girls and 429 boys in Yambio and Nzara counties (former Western Equatoria State) of South Sudan as part of a project on Out of School Children (OOSC) being implemented by UNESCO in partnership with GPE and UNICEF South Sudan. As the target was to enroll 1,000 students, the number of learners shows a 95.4% success rate. The organisation that is overseeing the teaching and learning in the 40 CGSs is Africa Education Trust (AET)
Community Girls Schools (CGS) is a unique education program designed to accelerate equitable access to quality basic education for girls aged between 8-12 years in villages that have no established formal schools. It’s a modified education program which offers flexible learning opportunities to learners mainly in lower primary education, where girls are expected to constitute 70% of the total learners, and boys constitute the remaining 30%.
South Sudan is vulnerable to number of natural disasters, the most common being weather related such as floods, drought, heat waves, disease outbreaks and earthquake, to mention only but a few. All these hazards aggravated by climate change have increased in recent years in terms of intensity, frequency and complexity leaving behind them trails of several destruction of infrastructures, human misery and loss of livelihoods.
A three-day capacity building workshop on textbook development and evaluation concluded on 21 June 2017 in Juba, South Sudan. Opening the event, the Director General of the Directorate of Quality Assurance and Standards Mr. Omot Okony Olok expressed his gratitude for UNESCO’s support to the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI) and called on the participants to make good use of the input and discussions at the training.
As part of its ongoing support to the national and state level Directorates of Alternative Education Systems (AES) of the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI), and as its contribution to the effort being exerted to improve the literacy situation in South Sudan, the UNESCO Juba Office has refurbished the Aweil Women Multi-Purpose Learning Centre (AWMLC) at a cost of close to $76,000. The funding for the work was secured from the US Government supported, Literacy and Basic Life Skills for Women and Girls in South Sudan, project.
The Skills for Life + Toolkit helps teachers give children and youth information and skills to make things using appropriate technology that will help them during emergencies. The Skills for Life + Toolkit contains:
Research has shown that young people in schools benefit from special programmes that teach life skills. Life skills promote positive health practices and reduce risky behaviour. Life skills are especially important during an emergency. It should be used along with the Skills for Life picture charts for children.
On the morning of the 27th of February 2017, H.E. Mr. Shinichi Saida, Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia visited the IICBA offices for the signing ceremony, on behalf of the government of Japan, providing funding of a sum of 1 million USD to IICBA. The funds will go towards IICBA’s project, ‘Teacher Training and Development for Peace-Building in the Horn of Africa and Surrounding Countries’, which will support teachers and teacher educators from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.
Training young leaders in conflict resolution and peace building, business skills and project management, and future-oriented approaches of the Sustainable Development Goals has become essential. From 6 to 10 February 2017, young leaders from South Sudan and Northern Uganda were invited by the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) to be trained on these topics in a workshop in Kiryandongo, Uganda.
UNESCO Juba in collaboration with Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management has conducted two-day training workshop from 8-9 November 2016, in Juba.
UNESCO in partnership with UNDP and WEB4ALL, is running a “Peacebuilding and Literacy through Tech Innovation Bootcamp” for sixteen students from the University of Juba. The Bootcamp, organized in the framework of UNESCO’s YouthMobile Initiative, is scheduled to run from 24-28 October 2016 at Regency Hotel in Juba, South Sudan.
In a special interview for International Literacy Day UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation Forest Whitaker talks about his transformational work with young people in South Sudan and the key role literacy plays in the Sustainable Development Agenda.
What impact is your recently launched literacy programme having in Torit, South Sudan?
We had been working in South Sudan for a few years, and we asked some of the youth in our communities of action what they most needed. The most common answer we heard: books.