Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) is continuing to work hard throughout the Covid-19 outbreak to ensure that learners can come back to fully functioning schools once they can reopen safely.
Cash Transfers have proven to be an effective incentive for learners to enroll in, and regularly attend school, and GESS is doing everything in its power to ensure Cash Transfers will be delivered to girls as soon as schools reopen.
GESS Team Leader, Akuja de Garang MBE has reiterated, “`We will ensure that these funds are available to girls as soon as possible once schools reopen. The safety of the South Sudanese people is our primary concern and therefore, to reduce crowding, we are exploring different methods for the delivery of Cash Transfers to girls.”
GESS will also continue to process cash grants to schools, known as Capitation Grants. These provide schools with much needed resources, particularly in addressing the immediate needs after a crisis. These vital funds will ensure that schools have the resources to reopen and that they are able to prepare safe and conducive learning environments.
Capitation Grants will be dispersed as soon as possible, helping schools to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. School Development Plans and Budgets will be retrieved and uploaded onto the Schools’ Attendance Monitoring System (SAMS – www.sssams.org), even while schools are closed, to ensure that new schools meet all of the requirements to qualify for Capitation Grants.
We want to assure learners, teachers, education managers and parents that we will be doing everything we can to make sure that Cash Transfers reach girls and Capitation Grants reach schools as soon as possible. Our priority is to make sure that children continue to learn and that communities stay safe.
For more information on Covid-19 and how to best protect yourself and your family call the toll-free number – 6666 – in South Sudan.
The GESS programme receives £70 million (GBP) of UK aid from the UK Government and $15 million (CAD) from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada. The Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI) leads the GESS programme, supported by implementing partners who provide technical advice. GESS is managed by a consortium led by Cambridge Education/Mott MacDonald, including BBC Media Action, Montrose, Leonard Cheshire and Windle Trust International.
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