Campaign To Promote Girl-Child Education Starts

A banner displayed during the launch on Friday at Torit Freedom Square. [Gurtong]

The move seeks to raise public awareness among the state communities, girls in particular in Eastern Equatoria.

The State Political and Administrative Affairs Adviser Felix Otuduha Siro while condemning the reluctance by particular groups to jointly stand up and push to ensure creating friendly environment towards the Girl-Child Education campaign, appealed to girls to help broaden the awareness messages’ state-wide.

The Parliamentary Committee Chair on Education at Eastern Equatoria Legislative Assembly, Angela Ajana Pio, encouraged parents at all levels to send their young daughters to school and pledges the assembly commitment to supporting the girl-child education in the state.

The state Education ministry’s Director General Adelio Ojina Quinto on behalf of his Ministry, deeply registered thanks to all the supporting partners of the launched project in the state and countrywide.

He appealed for parents to come in for support by exerting more efforts campaigning for the girl-child education in the state.

However, a section of the state leaders have disapproved the existing South Sudanese customs where girls are continually denied rights to education, calling on parents to take both boys and girls to schools equally.

A report reveals that the Girl-Child Education project targets about 200,000 girls countrywide.

According to last year’s Household Survey for South Sudan, less than one third of all South Sudanese aged 15 or older can read and write.

The literacy rate among women is even lower at 19%.

Although girls’ education has improved since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, these figures show that much work lies ahead.

In South Sudan, girls continue to be marginalized and denied access to education, with only 37.1% of eligible girls enrolled in primary school and just 1.3% enrolled in secondary level education.

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