Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) is a programme that will transform the lives of a generation of children in South Sudan – especially girls – through education.

GESS is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of South Sudan and funded by the UK Government.

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Who Manages GESS

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) leads the GESS programme, supported by implementing partners who provide technical advice.

At State and County level the State Ministries of Education, Science and Technology (SMoEST) take the lead in programme implementation, supported by partner NGOs, or ‘GESS State Anchors’

Implementing partners include BMB Mott MacDonald (lead), BBC Media Action, Charlie Goldsmith Associates and Winrock International.

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Who Benefits From GESS?

GESS activities will primarily benefit 200,000 girls in upper-primary and secondary schools across all the ten states. An estimated 300,000 boys will also benefit from the improved learning environment.

Education management will also benefit from the introduction of an electronic attendance monitoring system - South Sudan School Attendance Monitoring Systems (SSSAMS) or Ana Fii Inni (I am here). Teachers and education managers will receive training and their strengthened skills will improve the quality of education. Parents and communities will also be targeted by awareness raising activities aimed at improving their understanding of the value of education and changing attitudes towards girls’ education.

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