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…

IRAN CLOSES ALL SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES OVER CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Iran is closing all schools and universities until March 20 as the coronavirus death toll in the country hits 107, the health minister announced Thursday in a televised news conference.Aside from the other measures, Saeed Namaki encouraged the public to reduce its use of paper money as it is aiding the spread of the new coronavirus and said authorities will begin manning checkpoints to limit travel between major cities.He said…

Security Council Welcomes South Sudan’s New Power-Sharing Agreement, as Special Representative Briefs on Recent Events

Permanent Representative Urges Lifting of Sanctions, as Civil Society Member Urges Government to Exclude Listed IndividualsSecurity Council members cautiously welcomed the new power-sharing agreement to end the conflict in South Sudan today, as they heard updates on recent developments from the senior United Nations official in that country and a national civil society representative.The briefers described the challenges ahead, while emphasizing the importance of ensuring that women are well represented…

Graduates at vocational centre in Bor: “we will transform our families and South Sudan”

Last week, Jacob Mayom Malueth and 32 other young men and women graduated after six months of coursework at the vocational training centre in Bor, run by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. They were the tenth batch to do so since December 2015.With this knowledge we will transform our families and South Sudan, said Mr. Malueth proudly as he received his certificate of agricultural skills.Other students obtained proof…

Delegates Express Concern over Rising Unilateralism, Coercive Economic Measures, as Special Committee on Charter of United Nations Opens Session

Opening its 2020 session, members of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization expressed concern about a rising tide of unilateralism, debated longstanding questions on the merits and legality of sanctions and weighed such novel topics as the role of conciliation in the Organization's broader dispute resolution toolbox.Also emerging on the first day of the session �…
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