The Ministry of General Education and Instruction on the 16th September 2019 launched new school textbooks to harmonise teaching and learning in South Sudan. The initiative is part of the Global Partnership for Education, which is financed by the European Union and other donors.
For years, since attaining independence, South Sudan has been using textbooks from neighbouring countries. For the first time, with these new textbooks, school teaching will become consistent across the country and fully aligned with the South Sudan curriculum.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, Christer Hermansson, the European Union’s Head of Cooperation, encouraged the South Sudanese Government, represented at the ceremony by the education ministries and the Parliamentary Committee on Education, to adequately increase the funding for the education sector.
"The European Union firmly believes in the right to quality and inclusive education for all," Hermansson said. "Giving the opportunity to every South Sudanese to exercise their right to education is crucial to the future of South Sudan. It will help the country to make the transition to a knowledge-based economy, with peace and prosperity for all."
Hon. Deng Deng Hoc Yai, Minister of General Education and Instruction, acknowledged the support by the donors, especially the European Union's contribution to increasing teachers' attendance by providing salary incentives through the IMPACT project.
According to Hon. Kuyok Abol Kuyok, Undersecretary, Ministry of General Education and Instruction, the textbooks are written by South Sudanese for South Sudanese and for a better South Sudan, and should therefore be properly used and taken care of.
Hon. Yien Oral Lam Tut, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, reminded participants that: “Higher and general education should be linked, like the steps in one ladder" to climb to a better future. Primary education is indeed the foundation of both knowledge and thus job prospects of South Sudanese youth.