South Sudan



The education system in South Sudan is embryonic and over-stretched. There is a severe shortage of trained primary school teachers. The adult literacy rate is very low and is even lower amongst the 15-24 year-olds at 42%. Plans are underway for a national curriculum review, which will lead towards an incorporation of life skills into the curriculum. A Life Skills Program funded by UNICEF is currently being developed by the Ministry of General Education; it will include modules in human rights, gender equality, gender-based violence reproductive health and comprehensive sexuality education.


South Sudan has some of the lowest health indicators in the world. Less than 40% of the population has access to any form of health care. HIV prevalence among the 15-49 year olds is estimated at 3%. Knowledge is also low for HIV/AIDS, while the practice of risky sexual behavior is very high. Cultural and gender norms, high rates of early marriage and teenage pregnancy only exacerbate this situation.
The National Reproductive Health Strategic Plan (2011-2015) is working to ensure youth and adolescents have access to quality and comprehensive youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services and education.

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Workshops held at The National Cultural Festival in Mozambique

20 October, 2014   |   Blog, Events, Our people, Technical Coordination Group

Every two years, the Ministry of Culture organizes the National Cultural Festival in the province of Inhambane in Mozambique. The festival hosts domestic and international artists, cultural agents, and practitioners for a weeklong celebration of dive...


Education plays key role in ending teenage pregnancy across Eastern and Southern Africa

6 November, 2014   |   Blog, Our people, Technical Coordination Group

Every girl has the right to complete a quality education – however, the realities are that many do not make it through to their graduation. Teenage pregnancy is a significant cause to increased school dropout, with persistently high rates across E...


Take a stand on World AIDS Day

1 December, 2014   |   Blog, Our people

Today marks World AIDS Day. Every year, December 1st is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. According to UNICEF there were 2.1 million adolescents (10–19 years) living with HIV in 2013, 8...

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Wonderful to have young reporters asking their questions to our high level panelists today at @UNESCO #UNESCO dialogue hosted by South Africa's Dept of Basic #Education on scaling up #comprehensivesexualityeducation #CSE #CSENOW #YouthSRHNow Children's Radio Foundation #SaveTheChildren

[Photos by Czerina Patel]

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Group photo of some following today's UNESCO High Level Policy Dialogue on #comprehensivesexualityeducation hosted by the Department of Basic Education in South Africa ! #ESACommitment #YouthSRHNow #CSENow #sexualityeducation #knowledgeispower

[Photos by Czerina Patel]
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‪#UNESCO Regional Director of #EastAfrica Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta & #Sweden Education Minister Gustav #Fridolin on SAFMNews Channel 404 this morning talking about the urgent need for govts to commit to #comprehensivesexualityeducation #CSE #CSENow #YouthSRHNow‬

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