Earlier this week, GESS finalised a review and planning meeting in Juba. This important, bi-annual meeting brought together all implementing partners working in the ten states and the three administrative areas of South Sudan.
The review and planning meeting, which lasted for six days, was amongst other things:
- To check the progress made in the programme since last year.
- Gain deeper understanding of cross-cutting issues in the Programme, like disability inclusion and safeguarding; and
- To plan for the fourth year of the Programme.
The meeting was attended by over 50 individuals, including donor representatives, representatives from the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI), and GESS implementing partners, commonly referred to as State Anchors.
Whilst giving remarks at the meeting, the Honourable Undersecretary from MoGEI, Dr Kuyok, applauded the Programme for its impact on learners, especially girls. He noted an increase in the number of girls enrolled in schools. He further encouraged GESS’ partners in the field to continue their hard work, recognising the unfavourable conditions under which they often work.
The GESS programme is in its fourth year of implementation and is committed to realising its goals of increasing enrolment, retention, and completion of education for girls in South Sudan.