South Sudan

The Republic of South Sudan became the world’s youngest country on 9 July 2011, following the conclusion of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and a partition with its northern neighbour, Sudan. The fledgling country has, since its birth, known relatively little peace, security and stability. Political in-fighting amongst the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has fuelled tensions and conflict, particularly between the country’s two largest ethnic groups – the Dinka and the Nuer. The ongoing conflict has wreaked havoc on South Sudan’s infrastructure and school-age children, producing scores of internally displaced people and refugees, stretching the country’s already thin resources.

South Sudan
source(s): UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/14

Main Barriers to Education

  • Lack of schools infrastructure
  • Conflict & insecurity
  • Lack of qualified teachers

Interventions to Barriers

  • Ensure safe learning environments
  • In-service training for teachers, head teachers & PTA's
  • School construction with WASH facilities

In spite of the country’s challenges, South Sudan has embraced education as a cornerstone of development. Since independence in 2011, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) has elaborated the first ever policies and strategic plans to realise the goals of EFA. South Sudan aims to make 2022 the year it achieves EFA, the MDGs and hopes to be a fully literate society by 2040.

Of the issues affecting South Sudan’s education sector, conflict and insecurity are paramount inhibiting factors. Displaced children and refugees from Sudan often end up in locales where access to education is limited or incapable of absorbing their influx. In addition, gaps in teacher training and severe shortages of schools adversely impact the country’s school-age population.

In an attempt to redress South Sudan’s education sector, EAC has partnered with UNICEF and UNHCR. The former will, amongst other activities, establish and rehabilitate learning spaces with WASH facilities and procure and distribute teaching and learning materials to target schools. The latter will prioritize teacher training, especially for those who serve refugee populations, accelerated-education programmes and community sensitisation with regard to the importance of girls’ enrolment. 


Geographic Location: East Africa

Languages: English (official), Arabic, Dinka, Nuer, Bari, Zande, Shilluk


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