Such a commitment to girls’ education deserves a celebration. And celebrate is what we did! Last Wednesday we hosted the public launch event for the second phase of the GESS programme – a 5 year £70million commitment from DFID.

The learners added a true splash of colour – performing songs and dances, drama and poetry – a true display of their gratitude for the GESS programme. This show of thanks was performed in front of the Minister of Education, our donors from the UK and Canada and education partners. We also received testimonies from two beneficiaries from the first phase of the programme. These girls received the cash transfer on multiple occasions and are now preparing to study journalism and accounting, respectively, at university in the region.

Catherine Palmier, Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of Canada to South Sudan served cause to further celebrate by expressing Canada’s support for the GESS programme, to which it will be contributing up to an additional 15 million Canadian Dollars (CAD) over three years.

We will continue through the programme with the same spirit that was displayed at the event to ensure that the learners of South Sudan are given the best possible start in life, especially hard-to-reach girls.

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