Yesterday we celebrated National Girls’ Education Day with our annual Careers Fair for secondary school girls in Juba. The celebration was held at Juba Day Secondary School, where over 400 girls participated, including girls from the the host, Juba Day, and 5 neighbouring schools.  What options are available to girls when they leave Senior 4? […]

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At a Press Conference in Juba yesterday (21st June, 2017), the Honourable Undersecretary of the Ministry of General Education and Instruction announced that 1.3 million pupils have now been enrolled in the Schools Attendance Monitoring System (SAMS) for the 2017 Academic Year. “We would like to thank our partners UK aid and Girls’ Education South […]

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“Education provides the essential building blocks for lasting peace”, says Akuja de Garang, the Team Leader for Cambridge Education’s Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) programme. This fierce commitment and her determination to promote education for all in the war-torn country of her birth, has led her all the way to Buckingham Palace where she becomes […]

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The conflict in South Sudan spread to the formally-peaceful Greater Equatoria region last year, causing mass displacement. Many left for neighbouring Uganda, whilst some fled to the relative safety of Juba. This influx of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to the capital city has placed a large strain on resources and services, including schools. In many schools, facilities […]

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As we approached the midpoint of the Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) programme last year, we began to reflect upon lessons learnt. As a development programme, successfully operating in an ongoing and ever-changing conflict setting, the potential for knowledge sharing on best practice is huge. So how has such a comprehensive programme continued to deliver […]

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The Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s (ICAI) review, published yesterday, on ‘The effects of DFID’s cash transfer programmes on poverty and vulnerability’ gave an overall rating of green/amber. This means that achievements have been made in most areas, but more could be done to improve programme effectiveness. One of the recommendations is that “…cash transfers […]

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