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S. Sudan has highest numbers of school drop-outs globally: U.N


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

April 24, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) - South Sudan has the highest proportion of out-of-school children among conflict zones globally, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said.

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Child soldiers sit with their rifles at a ceremony held on 10 February 2015 as part of a disarmament campaign overseen by UNICEF and partners in Pibor (AFP)

The agency, in a new assessment, said over 25 million children are missing in conflict zones across the 22 countries.

Continued civil war between the two South Sudanese rival factions is said to have been to have denied an estimated two million South Sudanese children access to education.

According to UNICEF, South Sudan has the highest rate of out of school children at the primary school level with close to 72% of children missing out of education. Chad at 50% and Afghanistan at 46% follow the list of nations with the highest rates of school drop-outs in global conflict zones.

According to the new report, the three countries also have the highest rate of girls who remain out of school, at 76% South Sudan, 55% of Afghanistan and 53% for Chad.

South Sudan has also recorded the second highest rate of out of school children at the lower-secondary school levels after Niger (68%). South Sudan at 60% is followed by the Central African Republic (CAR) at 55%.

UNICEF said the children denied access to education at conflict zones across the 22 countries across the world are children aged between 6 and 15 years.

"At no time is education more important than in times of war," said UNICEF chief of education, Josephine Bourne.

"Without education how will children reach their full potential and contribute to communities and economies?" she asked.

Last year war-torn South Sudan was home to the highest proportion of out of school children in the world with 51% of primary and lower secondary age children forced to stay out of schools.

The U.N appealed for $25 million to get back children back to school.

The young nation attained independence in 2011, but plunged into civil war two years later after President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy turned rebel leader, Riek Machar of plotting a coup, an accusation the latter denies.


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  • 25 April 09:15, by Eastern

    This is another outcome of the gun culture in South Sudan; just go on....!

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    • 25 April 09:27, by jubaone

      Jienges used to go after cows and refused school. The results after 30-40 yrs, most are poorly educated and rely on manual and poorly paid jobs (security guards or just join the army). No technocrats and highly educated people. They now are trying with fake degrees from bogus universities like Telar Deng, Mayik Ayii, Malong with a PhD?? It is a process and they need another 50yrs

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      • 26 April 04:03, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Jubaone, wake up and read little more. Bill Gate never finish college, but he given a ph.D degree from Harvard university. Also many other leaders around have gained their degrees through honor degree. Therefore, don’t be fool that general Awan never finish college, he is not educated. He is more educated than anybody when went to four years university. Remember he has hands on training throughou

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        • 26 April 05:30, by lino

          Bill Gates is not a high school drop, but never went to university or college!!!
          South Sudanese kids just ended being criminals even in Western Countries baby!!!

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  • 25 April 09:15, by Sunday Junup

    Kiir Kuethpiny will never read this as a news since he never known the goodness of being Educated.

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  • 25 April 09:44, by Eyez

    It’s so sad indeed, that the tribal government of Kiir, has yet again, managed to set another World’s worst record by being the country with the most out of school children and dropouts.

    Your topical Jienge culture, where education is not valued as much as cattle grazing, has finally shown its face.

    That is what happens to idiots who don’t know ’jack’ about running a competent government.

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  • 25 April 15:54, by Diversity

    We are losing a beautiful generation.

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  • 25 April 17:11, by lino

    The school drop-outs exist even among South Sudanese in diaspora. Big number of kids don’t finish or graduate from high school in Canada, USA, Australia, and Europe. Though we used to be good during the war of struggle, but our kids don’t follow our footsteps.
    They are all caught up with earning money; whether steal from public fund or given from charity!!!

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