UK Government Reaffirms Commitment to Girls’ Education

February 7, 2022 1:22 pm

Alicia Herbert OBE, Director of Education, Gender and Equality in Juba.

Alicia Herbert OBE, Director of Education, Gender and Equality and UK’s Special Envoy for Gender Equality and Helen Grant, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education visited South Sudan last week. The delegation visited GESS-supported schools to reaffirm the UK government’s commitment to girls’ education.


Helen Grant stated, “Visiting South Sudan in my role as the UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education is a real honour. This is my second time in the country having visited with the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee in 2012. Girls’ education is a top priority for the UK government, and I am campaigning for every girl in the world to receive 12 years of safe, quality education.”


On Tuesday last week, the delegation visited Radio Miraya to discuss the UK’s commitment to girls’ education in South Sudan. The team emphasised the need to make education a priority, saying that “Education is the key to success”.  Listen to the radio appearance, here: Radio Miraya / UK’s support to Gender equality and girls education in South Sudan (


After the radio station appearance, the representatives visited St Joseph’s Primary School in Juba. The visit allowed for interaction with learners and school administrators.  The learners and school administrators voiced their concerns including the need to ensure boys particularly those with disabilities are not left behind and for teachers to receive a regular and fair salary.


On Wednesday of the same week, the delegation visited Yei Day Secondary School and Narrow Gate Primary School in Yei River County, Central Equatoria State.

Speaking to learners at Yei Day Secondary School, the visitors encouraged learners, including pregnant and nursing learners and those with disabilities, to continue their education. “You are South Sudan’s future leaders. I already see some of you portraying qualities of a leader. You have great aspiration therefore continue to work for it,” said Helen Grant.


The visiting team stated that, alongside donations to support education, the government plays a role in improving the education sector; “The support to education in South Sudan lies not only with donors, but also your government,” Helen Grant concluded.




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