South Sudan Literacy Rate At 27 Percent

Torit East pupils entertaining guests in June. Statistics estimate that 2.2 million people between the ages of 15 and 40 are illiterate and that only 1 in 10 women are able to read and write. [Gurtong]

According to the 2008 national house hold census survey South Sudan stands at 8 million people though then semi-autonomous Southern Sudan government disputed the figure alleging it could be more.

Toby Lanzer, the UN Chief Coordinator of the Humanitarian Affairs in South Sudan however, estimated of recent the latest figure would stand at 12 million.

On September 8 South Sudan will join 194 nations worldwide to mark literacy day in Yambio.

The marking will advocate and highlight the importance of literacy in peace and development of South Sudan.

“Further statistics estimate that 2.2 million people aged between the ages of 15 and 40 are illiterate and that only 1 in 10 women are able to read and write” in the country – a challenge that requires nation mobilisation the agencies have said.

Women are more disadvantaged when it comes to accessing literacy learning opportunities in the country, the agencies added.

“South Sudan urgently needs to promote literacy and create a literate environment that will help advance its development goals to all its citizens,” added the agencies.

The Ministry stated that, Illiteracy is one of the top national challenges and thus requires political commitment, national mobilization and coordinated action toward attaining the literacy development goals.

This year celebration which will be marked under the theme “Literacies for the 21st Century,” UNESCO hopes that communities, the Government of South Sudan, development partners and the private sector will join hands in promoting literacy for peace, social and economic improvement, and nation building. 

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