South Sudan

Education Cannot Wait in South Sudan

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Education is critical in averting the loss of another generation

Since the current crisis began in December 2013:

  • 1,188 schools in the three most affected States (Jonglei, Unity, Upper Nile) have closed.

  • Nearly half a million children and adolescents need education interventions due to the current crisis.

  • Over 9,000 children have been recruited into armed forces and groups since January 2014.

  • More than 90 schools in the country are occupied by fighting forces and internally displaced people.

  • Lack of education is a push factor for people to leave South Sudan to neighbouring countries so their children can continue to go to school.

Why Promote Education During an Emergency?

  • Education is life-saving and life sustaining, providing psychosocial support, strengthening survival skills and coping mechanisms.

  • Education is a community priority during emergencies in South Sudan1 .

  • Education is valued by parents as a means for protection; providing safe spaces for children and adolescents protect them from dangers and exploitation2 .

  • Education is critical for developmental needs of children and adolescents.

  • Education restores schools as zones of peace and learning.

  • Education is a fundamental human right.

What has happened so far?

  • The High-level Humanitarian Conference on South Sudan (Oslo, May 2014) recognised the importance of education and protection to avert the loss of a generation3 .

  • Education Cluster partners work to provide learning and protection in temporary learning spaces in IDP and Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites and emergency teacher training on life skills and psychosocial support.

  • Since 2014, more than 120,000 students and teachers have been reached with education activities.

  • However, education is not prioritized in the humanitarian response, receiving just 15% percent of funding needed. Funding for critical education in emergency projects is running out.

  • Education Cluster was the only programmatic cluster to not to receive Common Humanitarian Funds for July-December 2014. Most partners rely heavily on these funds for emergency education programs.