As South Sudan joins UNESCO, major challenges in education lie ahead

Posted: October 29, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Education

29 October 2011 –

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today welcomed the recently independent country of South Sudan — which has some of the worst indicators for education levels in the world — as its newest Member State.At a ceremony today in Paris, where UNESCO is holding its general conference at the agency”s headquarters, the flag of South Sudan was raised alongside those of UNESCO”s other 193 Member States. The ceremony took place two days after South Sudan completed the procedures for ratifying the agency”s constitution.In her welcome message UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova noted that the country of eight million people faces “immense challenges,” but pledged that the agency would support the nation to strengthen its education system and train teachers and other education professionals.UNESCO, through its International Institute for Educational Planning, will work with the UN Children”s Fund (UNICEF) to draw up a plan to help South Sudanese authorities tackle their major education needs.

The latest global monitoring report on education from UNESCO, released in June, found that South Sudan is last in the world league table for enrolment in secondary education and second-last for net enrolment in primary-level education. Textbooks are in short supply, usable classrooms are unavailable and there are not nearly enough trained teachers.

Women and girls are particularly badly affected. Just eight per cent of women in South Sudan know how to read and write and there are estimated to be only 400 girls in the last grade of secondary school across the impoverished country.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=40246&Cr=South+Sudan&Cr1=

South Sudan: UNESCO tasks South Sudan on educational development

New York, US – The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Saturday urged South Sudan to dedicate resources to address shortfalls in its educational sector. UNESCO, which welcomed South Sudan as its newest member state, said the country had some of the worst indicators for education levels in the world. PANA learnt that at a ceremony in Paris, France, where UNESCO is holding its general conference, the South Sudanese flag was raised alongside those of UNESCO’s other 193 member states. The ceremony took place two days after South Sudan completed the procedures for ratifying the agency’s constitution.

In her welcome message, UNESCO Director-General, Ms. Irina Bokova, noted that the country of eight million people faces ‘immense challenges’, but pledged that the agency would support the nation to strengthen its education system and train teachers and other education professionals.

‘UNESCO, through its International Institute for Educational Planning, will work with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to draw up a plan to help South Sudanese authorities tackle their major education needs,’ she stated.

She said: ‘The latest global monitoring report on education from UNESCO, released in June, found that South Sudan is last in the world league table for enrolment in secondary education and second from last for net enrolment in primary-level education’.

Bokova also said that, ‘textbooks are in short supply, usable classrooms unavailable and there are not nearly enough trained teachers’.

‘Women and girls are particularly badly affected. Just eight per cent of women in South Sudan know how to read and write and there are estimated to be only 400 girls in the last grade of secondary school across the impoverished country,’ the UNESCO chief added.

Pana 30/10/2011

http://www.afriquejet.com/educational-development-2011103026307.htmlSouth Sudan to join African football body

JUBA, 29 October 2011 (NASS) – The Republic of South Sudan will join the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the association governing football on the continent, permanently by February 2012, Captain Duop Pouch Joak, the deputy chairperson of the South Sudan Football Association has announced.
Captain Joak made this announcement when he met Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information and Broadcasting and Official Government Spokesman late last week. He urged the government to take sports seriously as a possible source of revenue.
“The government should not only consider petroleum as a source of income but also consider football as well because it can generate immense income besides uniting the nation in the fight against tribalism and negative ethnicity”, he said.
He also urged the government to develop sporting facilities such as stadia to enable the country to participate in international sporting events organized by international bodies such as FIFA. He expressed confidence that the Republic of South Sudan has the potential and experience to participate effectively in regional and international football. He also called on the government officers to support the development of sports in the country.
On his part, Dr Marial underscored the role of sports in promoting the image of nations worldwide. He cited the case of Kenya whose image has been enhanced by its athletes. He also expressed confidence that South Sudan has what it takes to curve a niche for itself in sports, including football.
“I know that in Europe the budget for sports is bigger than it is in Africa but I want to assure you that the government will support sports and the youth unreservedly”, he said.
Reported by Martin Jada, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)

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