LAST_UPDATEThu, 21 Jun 2018 10am

South Sudan To Roll Out First National Education Curriculum In 2018

JUBA -- South Sudan will roll out its first-ever national education curriculum in February 2018, seven years after the East African nation attained independence from Sudan, China’s Xinhua news agency reported according to the ministry of general education on Thursday.

Deng Deng Hoc Yai, South Sudanese Minister of General Education told Xinhua on Thursday that the new curriculum seeks to provide the best quality of education comparable to the best education systems in the world.

Yai said the national curriculum is geared toward developing good citizens, successful life-long learners, active and productive adults and responsible members of society.

He said the usage of a foreign curriculum in primary and secondary schools across South Sudan would end this year.

The official revealed that 47,000 teachers are going to be trained to pave way for the introduction of the new curriculum in all schools throughout the country in February 2018.

"We are doing our best to establish a robust education system that provides quality education equitably to all learners be they children, youth or adults," Yai said.

Since gaining independence from Sudan in 2011, the world's newest nation has been using syllabus of its neighbours namely, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.

South Sudan's education indicators remain among the worst in the world caused by protracted conflicts and underfunding by the state.

According to statistics from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), South Sudan has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world, currently standing at 73 per cent.

Official date from the ministry of education indicates that 1.8 million school-going children are currently out of school due to conflict.

Yai said gender disparity in education remains a major concern for the government as the numbers of girls enrolling for education continue to be low compared to boys.

In a related development, South Sudan's Education Ministry and the country's football governing body launched a program seeking to empower two million South Sudanese children with football skills.

Under the new partnership, learners between 12 and 20 years would be required to take mandatory football lessons in schools.

Francis Amin, President of the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA), said the program would help improve the standard of football in the east African country.