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The European Union (EU) together with its implementing partners UNICEF and WFP on 26.03.2019 launched its largest education programme in South Sudan. Tens of thousands of school children in some of South Sudan’s most food insecure areas in former states of Northern Barh El Ghazal, Western Barh el Ghazal, Warrap and Eastern Equatoria are the beneficiaries of this Education in Emergency programme.
The €24.4 million project provides 75,000 school children with hot daily meals; helps train 1,600 teachers, equips learners with educational supplies and provides psychosocial support services for 40,000 children who are currently enrolled in schools and those out of school.
"For these children that we assist, we hope that learning will help them to overcome inequalities, poverty, and deprivation of fundamental rights," said Dr. Sinead Walsh, Ambassador of the EU to South Sudan during the official launch. "Education is the key to long-term peace and we will continue to work with our partners, the Ministry of General Education, UNICEF and WFP, teachers, parents and communities to realise our dream of quality education for all in South Sudan.”
The EU Ambassador was accompanied by the Ambassador of Germany Jan Henrik van Thiel and Charge of France, Christian Bec on this trip to Aweil State.
South Sudan's Minister of General Education Deng Deng Hoc Yai hailed the EU for its continuous support in the area of education and challenged school children and parents to seize such an opportunity. "A friend in need is a friend indeed. So they (EU) are our friends indeed. They are standing with us at this difficult time," Yai said to a rouse of applause from the gathering.
The hosting Aweil State Governor Hon. Maj. Gen. Jaldit Malith Jal, UNICEF's Country Representative Mohamed Ag Ayoya, WFP's representative Simon Cammelbeeck, the National General Education Undersecretary, Aweil State officials, school management committee members, students and pupils attended the launch.