According to a recent survey and analysis by a campaign group, South Sudan was ranked as the toughest place in the world for the girl child to get education on gender equality basis.
The findings follow just as the world marks the girls’ education day. This Year’s Theme was;- Empower girls before, during and after crises. The theme was aimed at highlighting and addressing the needs and challenges girls face throughout their development stages and most commonly in terms of Education.
According to the findings by the ONE campaign, the reports are based on the proportion of girls without access to schools, the average number of years girls attend school and the female illiteracy levels in the nation.
Other factors are Teacher-to-Pupil ratio and public time spent on education.
The campaign group says 73% of girls in South Sudan do not go to primary school and the government spends just 2.6% of its total budget on education.
South Sudan is followed by the Central African Republic and Niger on the toughest place in the world for the girl-child to get an education index. On marking the girls’ education day, some girls in Juba have called for action to improve the environment in which girls learn.
Good enough, The Director-General for planning and budgeting in the Ministry of General Education acknowledged access to education as major a challenge to a girl child in the country.
“As a ministry of education, we are fighting very hard to ensure that by the end of our strategic sector plan that we have developed and we are now implementing which is 2021, we should have forgotten about gender disparity in South Sudan,” said George Mogga.