GESS research found that 4,780 schoolgirls across South Sudan were pregnant in October 2020.
This number is thought to be higher than usual due to COVID-19 school closures.
Many of these girls have been at risk of being refused access to school to sit their examinations and/or to finish their education.
In a landmark moment for pregnant girls, the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI) issued a circular in January 2021 that orders school management and teachers to allow pregnant and nursing learners back to school to sit their examinations and to complete their education.
No pregnant or nursing learner shall be refused access to education or final examination and all pregnant and nursing learners shall be proactively encouraged to continue learning in schools of their choice.
In this new video released today, on the day that schools reopen across the country, we speak to pregnant and nursing learners to find out what this Ministry directive means to them.
Watch the video:Tags: Behaviour Change, Build back better, FCDO, GESS, girls' education, Global Affairs Canada, South Sudan, UKaid