South Sudan seeks to achieve gender equality in education
sense that we promote gender equality in education,” Hoc said in Juba during the country’s annual education review conference.
The conference convenes educationists to discuss achievements and failures of the education sector during the past 12 months.
South Sudan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world as only 15 percent of women and 40 percent of men in the country’s 8 million population are able to read or write, according to a 2008 census.
Hoc said the country has made significant progress in advancing girls’ education as the number of girls in primary schools has increased to nearly 1 million in 2015 compared to less than a quarter of a million in 2006.
He said the country has also increased the quality of education by increasing the number of teachers in the country from 19 000 in 2006 to 37 000 in 2015, and the government-led Girls Education South Sudan initiative is now supporting 130 000 school girls in South Sudan. – Xinhua
HEADS UP: Children on their way to school carry water containers for their teachers near Prikro.