Low Girl- Child School Enrolment Highlighted

This article was last updated on May 27, 2022

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According to  Amref Health Africa young girls in South Sudan face extreme disadvantages in education.

“The secondary school completion rate is 2.8 percent with 1.3 percent being female students. Today, a young girl in South Sudan is three times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than to reach grade 8. Further, only 12 percent of teachers are females, showing gender inequalities”, says Amref Health Africa in a message to mark this year’s International Day of the Girl Child.

“It is important to note that South Sudan has the lowest development indicators in the world. An estimated three million children have no access to healthcare. Enrolment in primary schools is 44.4 percent and 37 percent female. In Secondary schools net enrolment is 1.6 percent and 1.3 percent female”, says Amref Health Africa.

The organisation’s spokesperson Musa Mahadi Salim told Gurtong  that Amref Health Africa is supporting Maridi Girls Boarding School for Science in Western Equatoria in a bid to the empower girl child to navigate through health careers.

“The school is designed to major in sciences. Currently the school has a population of 100 students, 50 girls in senior one and 50 girls in senior two.  The main focus of the school is gender health for development and focuses on increasing the human resources for health in the Republic of South Sudan Health care system”, says Amref Health Africa.

Salim said the school is a pilot model for future extension of the initiative to all the states of South Sudan, adding that Amref Health Africa is appealing for more investments in Health for Development for South Sudan project.

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