Education Minister Praises UK Government For Donating Textbooks To Primary Schools

The Eastern Equatoria State Minister of Education Michael Lopuke Lotyam. [Gurtong | File]

Speaking during the receiving of the textbooks, the minister gave emphasis calling on the South Sudan to recognize efforts and commitment by the UK Government in supporting the new nation by improving education, the key factor for development and nation building.

He extended appeal to other international donors around the world for more intervention into the sector as the donated text books are still not enough among other needs.

The head of Gender Directorate in Torit County Elizabeth Aliardo highly registered her heartfelt to the government of United Kingdom for the support being administered by Department for International Development (DFID) in the country.

“Educating our young generation begins now as today is our future or tomorrow,” she said.

In October last year, the Ministry of General Education and Instructions in collaboration with United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID) launched new 9.3 million text books to be used for instructions at primary school level.

The textbooks printed by the DFID cost US $16 million are aimed at addressing the challenge of lack of text books in the infant nation and to improve illiteracy.

The books are for the five basic subjects in the South Sudan primary level education; English, Mathematics, Science, Christian Religious Education and Social Studies.

UK Parliamentary Undersecretary of State in DFID, Lynne Featherstone said the support was one part of the UK’s partnership with South Sudan. She added the support is meant to boost the lower education level in South Sudan.

South Sudan won her independence last year after decades of war which destroyed the education system among other sectors in the infant nation.

The South Sudanese Minister of Education and General Instruction Joseph Ukel said during the launch that South Sudan has 1.7 million children enrolled in school.

This is compared to just 700,000 children enrolled after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.

The country still stands at an illiteracy rate of at least 70 per cent according to the Ministry of General Education.

“We are happy today for this great achievement,” Ukel said in appreciation of the UK’s DFID efforts in supporting the education sector in the country.

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