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Over 2 million children out of schools in S. Sudan: UNESCO

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July 3, 2018 (JUBA) - At least 2.2 million school-aged children have dropped out of schools in South Sudan due to the ongoing political and economic problems in the war-hit nation, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said.

School pupils demand creating of a conducive environment for learning in Bor, May 22, 2014 (ST)

This was revealed during the launch of South Sudan out-of-school children study guide at a ceremony held in the capital, Juba.

"In the wake of persistent fragility conflict, at least 2.2 million children across South Sudan are now out of school, a figure that is projected to rise, if nothing is done," said UNECO’s country representative, Sardar Umar Alam.

The report, he said, is part of a global initiative that highlights the challenges of out of school children in South Sudan initiated in 2013.

"The number of out-of-school children in the country has increased in recent years and this trend is projected to continue, reaching over 2.4 million children in the next two years, if present circumstances are maintained," stressed the official.

The country representative for the UN Children Fund (UNICEF), Mahimbo Mdoe said children from rural areas of the country are more likely to be excluded from school than those in urban areas.

South Sudan’s education minister, Deng Deng Hoc Yai assured stakeholder that the country will work to ensure all girls and boys are enrolled in class, despite the ongoing war and economic troubles.

"We need to act so quick to reach the children that are out of school because every child deserve to be given opportunity to learn," he said.

The report demonstrates the urgency of the needs to tackle the issue of children out of school more quickly by ensuring all those out of school have the opportunity to go to back to school, he stressed.

The conflict in South Sudan, now in its fifth year, has displaced millions of people into neighboring countries since it started in mid-December 2013.

(ST)

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  • 4 July 2018 09:07, by jubaone

    This is clear, that the jienge regime initiated a worthless war that has displaced over 4 m people. Our kids are doomed, while they have cleverly rescued their own "mini jienges" to outside the country. With stolen monies, they can at least educate their little jienge idiots to perhaps takeover the country in future

  • 4 July 2018 23:27, by lino

    Very bad!!! This is not what people expected of an independent country!!! Gen. Kiir should have self talk every night of what have happened to $4 billion dollars that meant for infrastructure including building schools for kids, hospitals for sick, and road for interaction and trades between southerners instead of pointing fingers that he gave responsibilities to others in his governments!!!

    • 4 July 2018 23:31, by lino

      The years you spent in the jungles fighting are gone in front of your eyes 👀!!! They are not going to repeat itself because your history has been written on rocks!!!
      Just a matter of time!!!! 🤠🤮🤪

    • 5 July 2018 20:54, by jubaone

      Lino
      Surely, do our kids need education? If illiterate jienges can buy degrees from Uganda or Kenya, become generals, ministers without going to school, so there’s absolutely no need for education. The Kiirminal, fugitive Malong are good examples



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