This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
This came in a press release sent to Gurtong by the UNICEF Communication Officer, Swangin Bismarck.
The survey was conducted among young people aged 10-24 years in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Eastern Equatoria States collecting knowledge and perceptions on various issues including education, youth services, peace, recreation and sports.
â€œIt is our hope that the findings of the survey will help to guide actions, not just by government and partners, but also by young people themselves, enabling them to contribute positively towards the development of the new country,â€ said Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF-South Sudan Representative.
The Youth LEAD Project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is an integrated youth initiative that aims to enhance the capacities of youths through livelihood skills development including functional literacy, enhancing the development and provision of youth services, promoting dialogue on youth policy and supporting government capacity development in the youth sector.
The survey identifies â€œlimited resources within schools, inadequate infrastructure and limited education opportunitiesâ€ as some of the issues hindering youth development. â€œLack of youth friendly spaces, traditional livelihood approaches and negative stereotypes are hindering girlsâ€™ development,â€ the survey further reveals.
The report also reveals the disturbing prevalence of HIV and AIDS, low employment opportunities and concerning support of violence among young people.
The survey presents pertinent information that will contribute towards developing a body of knowledge on youth issues thereby informing delivery of services and policy dialogue.
Youth representatives, state commissioners and key youth related ministries are participating in the dissemination workshop which will be presided by the Minister for Youth, Culture and Sports Dr. Cirino Hiteng and the UNICEF South Sudan Representative Dr. Yasmin Haque.