Children Right To Education Is Collective Responsibility Of Parents And Government: Commissioner

Torit County Commissioner German Charles Ojok addressing residents in Torit. [Gurtong | File]

He believes the move will help eradicate or reduce a wider vacuum of illiteracy which exists due to successive wars in the Country before the independence time until now.

The leader urges both parents as well as the government to properly start build the future of the nation saying it is time to stand up for kids or children but not waiting for the next day.

Advocating for private sectors to come up building or establishing more private schools in the region so to swallow up the growing population, Hon. Ojok swears that if he himself would acquire enough land, he could have now started investing in building a private school to accommodate school going children.

Recounting the 1976 Soweto’s streets of South Africa brutal incident where thousands of black school children taking to the street were witnessed massacred, the leader Ojok equates Soweto’s streets to Uganda’s insurgency by Lord Resistant Army which maimed millions of innocent people especially underage children across the region of Uganda, South Sudan, Central Africa Republic (CAR) among other regional countries in East and Central African regions.

The leader made the remarks on celebrations of African Child Day in Torit.

In South Sudan 7.3% of girls in South Sudan are married before they reach 15 and 42.2% between the ages of 15 and 18. This is contributing to the large numbers of girls who are dropping out of primary school before the end of the eight-year cycle; while around 37% of girls enrol in primary school, only around 7% complete the curriculum and only 2% go on to enrol in secondary school.

The passing of the Child Act in 2008 represented a key milestone in legal reform for safeguarding children’s rights in South Sudan and prohibits the marriage of children under the age of 18. However, knowledge and implementation of the law remains limited.

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