South Sudan

OVERVIEW

EDUCATION

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.

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

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.

Updates and Stories

Workshops held at The National Cultural Festival in Mozambique

20 octobre, 2014   |   Blog, Nouvelles, Notre Voix,

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...

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L’education joue un role cle pour mettre fin aux grossesses chez les adolescentes en Afrique Orientale et Australe

6 novembre, 2014   |   Blog, Notre Voix,

Chaque fille a le droit de compléter une éducation de qualité. Cependant, la réalité est que beaucoup n'arrivent pas jusqu'à la fin de leur études. La grossesse des adolescentes est une cause importante de l'augmentation de l'abandon scolaire,...

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Prendre position sur la Journée Mondiale du SIDA

1 décembre, 2014   |   Blog, Notre Voix

Aujourd'hui est un jour marqué par la Journée Mondiale du Sida. Chaque année, le 1er Décembre est consacré à la sensibilisation à la pandémie du sida causée par la propagation de l'infection au VIH. Selon l'UNICEF, il y avait 2,1 millions...

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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

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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

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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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