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Spotlight on South Sudan

Project highlights

With your support, Plan’s Education project is under way in eight African countries – Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mali and South Sudan.

This project is changing lives by giving local people access to education, one of the best tools there is for combating poverty. Highlights of our work over the last six months include:

School construction and supplies

  • 5 new primary and secondary schools
  • 25 new water points and 22 latrines
  • 60 sets of sporting equipment
  • 35 learning corners stocked with books

Teacher training

  • Curriculum and co-curriculum training for 250 teachers
  • 40 learning centres established for hundreds of teachers to participate in self-directed professional development

Skills training

  • Market gardening and soap making training for more than 300 women
  • 90 Village Savings and Loans groups giving women access to financial literacy, small business loans and the opportunity to increase their incomes and support their children.
Spotlight on South Sudan

The world’s newest country, South Sudan is also one of the most under-developed, with an estimated eighty percent of its population living in poverty. With illiteracy rates even higher and only half of its children in school, this central African country has some of the world’s worst educational indicators, particularly among girls.

With your support, we’re helping to change that picture. Our investment in education and ensuring that thousands of girls and boys in South Sudan get the chance to go to school and build a better future for themselves, their families and country.

Plan’s project

Our Education project in South Sudan has benefited 2,400 children between the ages of six and fifteen in two rural communities.

With your help, we’ve assisted with the construction of two new schools, complete with furniture, books, and educational resources, as well as clean water points and separate girls’ and boys’ latrines. We’ve also helped train teachers and create programs for students in critical areas, such as reproductive health, life skills, nutrition and child rights. Just as importantly, we’ve helped these communities increase local awareness of the importance of education all children. As a result, enrolment has seen a steady increase over the past six months, especially among girls.

To ensure that these investments are sustainable, we’ve helped these communities establish parent, teacher and student associations as well as school management committees to oversee programs and improvements. Community ownership is critical to the long-term success of these projects. Getting involved from the outset, local people have come together to build and maintain their new schools, and they will play a central role in their ongoing management.

Thanks to donors like you, these initiatives are helping to ensure that thousands of children in South Sudan have the chance to go to school and pull themselves and their families out of poverty.

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