South Su­dan seeks to achieve gen­der equal­ity in ed­u­ca­tion

African Independent - - 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

PIC­TURE: AFP

HEADS UP: Chil­dren on their way to school carry wa­ter con­tain­ers for their teach­ers near Prikro.

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