In a context marked by fighting, displacement and a severe economic crisis, only very few children in South Sudan have access to quality education. ACAPS deployed an assessment expert and an analyst to the Education Cluster in South Sudan to support identification of the most effective activities to resume education in a safe and sustained way. The Education Cluster Assessment provides insights on the status of education in South Sudan, the impact of the crises and inform decision making on the prioritisation of resources. 

In a context marked by fighting, displacement and a severe economic crisis, only very few children in South Sudan have access to quality education.

The assessment employed a two-pronged approach: a comprehensive questionnaire which was administered in 393 primary schools (the findings of which are representative at the national level) and a light questionnaire administered to 76 County Education Officials (to enable geographic prioritization). Data collection took place in November 2016.

Key findings include:

  • At the time of the assessment, 25% schools which were open at any point since 2013 were found to be non-functional. The large majority of schools closed due to insecurity, followed by the delayed or non-payment of teacher salaries.
  • At least 31% of schools open during the time of the assessment had suffered one or more attack by armed groups or forces since December 2013.
  • Compared to the average number of teachers registered at the start of 2016, teacher presence on the day of the assessment had decreased by 31%. Delayed or non-payment of salaries accounted for the majority of reasons for teacher absence.
  • Key informants were asked to state what they perceive to be the three priority areas of intervention. Both county officials and key informants in schools prioritized teaching and learning supplies over all other types of interventions.

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