UNICEF South Sudan: Cluster Leads Newsletter, June - July 2017

Report
from UN Children's Fund
Published on 31 Jul 2017

Education Cluster

IMPACT project IMPACT, funded by the European Union, is registering data and enrolling teachers in the Human Resource Information System to ensure effective management of the teacher workforce and plan for the professional development of teachers. This is being rolled out by Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI) officials, with technical support from Charlie Goldsmith Associates with training sessions at state and county level to ensure sustainability. IMPACT will also pay incentives to 30,000 primary school educators over a period of 18 months.

The project aims to support the education system by improved stability and equitable access, retention and completion in primary education.

In order to start and continue receiving incentives, solid assurance systems, on both teacher attendance and payment, have been put in place. A ‘grace period’ in which pupil admission registers for 2017, >=1 pupil attendance report for 2017 and the 2017 teacher list have been agreed on by the MoGEI as the requirements for the first set of releases. Driving accountability and assurance (with the completion of the human resources information system roll-out) from September 2017, the full set of requirements will then be applied. To date, 1,492 schools have fulfilled the requirements for payment (the names of schools and number of teachers who are eligible to receive incentives can be found on https://sssams.org/impact/profile.php) and the number of supported locations will be scaled up to reach 30,000 teachers by the end of September 2017.

Education Cluster webpage

The South Sudan Education Cluster webpage has been reviewed and populated with key resources to support service delivery. The webpage now comprises assessment tools and reports, education datasets (lists of schools and education management information system reports) dashboards on partners’ presence and response, programmatic resources (life skills, literacy and accelerated learning programme manuals and handbooks), standards and guidelines (South Sudan Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies and Teachers’ Code of Conduct for Education in Emergencies), advocacy briefs and meeting minutes. The website can be accessed through https:// www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/operations/south-sudan/ education. The Twitter account has also been revived to share the latest news and updates. It can be accessed at @SSudanEdCluster