South Sudan Students, Teachers Back in School After 14-month Lockdown

JUBA , SOUTH SUDAN - Primary and secondary schools across South Sudan reopened Monday, a little more than one year after they were closed in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Hussain Abdelbagi, head of the South Sudan task force on COVID-19, urged teachers and students to continue social distancing and adhere to all other preventative guidelines as they return to classrooms. At the launch of the…

Students demand the reopening of Upper Nile University

Students at the University of Upper Nile are calling for the resumption of lectures as the month-long Covid-19 lockdown ended April 3. The call was made to the university administration during a peaceful demonstration held in the environs of the campus on Monday. Speaking to Radio Tamazuj, several students decried the continued closure of the institution since December 2019, calling it a denial of their right to education. “If it…

NATIONAL CONSULTATION HELD ON THE IGAD TEACHER TRAINING INITIATIVE; IGAD TO FORGE STRONG PARTNERSHIP WITH SUDANESE UNIVERSITIES

Khartoum, Sudan. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in partnership with the Government of Germany through GIZ, and the Government of Sudan conducted a two-day national consultation on the IGAD Teacher Training Initiative (ITTI) on 10 - 12 February 2021 in Khartoum, Sudan.The IGAD Teacher Training Initiative (ITTI) will provide training to 100 secondary school teachers in Sudan as well as an additional 100 teachers in refugee settings and host…

Hamdok accused of bowing to Islamist pressure over Sudanese school curricula

(KHARTOUM) - Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok is facing widespread criticism over his decision to freeze new school curricula that were rejected by Islamist and religious groups.   A number of Islamists known for their affiliation with the former regime, but also conservative religious groups launched a campaign against the director of the National Curriculum Center, Omer al-Qarray, who belongs to the Republican Brotherhood, a reformist Islamic group calling for…

Norway provides $10m to support education in S. Sudan

(JUBA) - The Norwegian government has signed an agreement worth about $10 million to support a safe return to school for children in South Sudan in 2020-2021.According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), with 2.2 million children not enrolled before the pandemic, South Sudan was already one of the countries with the highest proportion of out-of-school children.“Norway is committed to contribute to ensure children will return safely to school especially…

Bangladeshi peacekeepers boost local education in Wau

Bangladeshi peacekeepers based in Wau and serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan have donated textbooks and teaching material to a local school, specifically targeting internally displaced learners. “I am thrilled to see books in my hand, that has been a dream of mine for a long time. They bring us a light of hope,” said Omindo Malek, a student at the Bright Future School. Students in general…

UNICEF and UNESCO welcome the decision to reopen schools in South Sudan

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN - UNICEF and UNESCO welcome the decision of the Government to start reopening of schools in South Sudan. The reopening will happen in phases. Phase 1 includes the candidate classes, Primary 8 and Senior 4, and will start the first week of October 2020. Phase 2 includes all schools and grades and will coincide with the start of the academic year in February 2021. All schools have…

School activities resume as displaced return to Gunyoro in Eastern Equatoria

More than 190 children returning to Gunyoro village near Torit in Eastern Equatoria have resumed school activities, albeit under difficult circumstances.“During the 2016 crisis, this school closed because our people were scattered. They ran into the mountains, to neighbouring villages, or to Torit for their safety,” Eugenio Eryong, headteacher at what remains of Gunyoro primary school, tells a visiting team from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.Some of the…
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