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With Cash And Skills Training, South Sudanese Women Carve Path To Food Security And Economic Empowerment

With Cash And Skills Training, South Sudanese Women Carve Path To Food Security And Economic Empowerment | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
Hundreds of women in South Sudan are transforming their lives with valuable new vocational skills learned through a social and economic empowerment training program supported by the World Food Programme and Women for Women International.
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Mount School York to help set up South Sudan Girls' School - Girls' Schools Association

Mount School York to help set up South Sudan Girls' School - Girls' Schools Association | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
The Mount School in York is to help establish a new boarding school in the world’s newest country, South Sudan. Yorkshire Post 29/5/13 The campaign to create the Ibba Girls’ School is being led by Bridget Nagamoro, who is said to be the only girl ...
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The personal initiative Jean Hartley is taking to start a school in South Sudan is remarkable.  I would be pleased to meet her one day.  A more detailed article is available at (http://j.mp/11lRgFI) and the fact that her private school is backing her is also unique.  I hope they can raise enough funds to the tremendous needs of the school girls in Ibba County, South Sudan.

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South Sudan focuses on ICT to rebuild

South Sudan focuses on ICT to rebuild | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it

Towards the end of 2012, it was reported that much is expected from the country’s pan-African e-Network Project to develop numerous projects using technology and e-government as the basis for infrastructure development across Africa.

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This is a good scoop on ICT events and plans in South Sudan.  Apparently India is investing heavily in medical education as well.  

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Sudanese students offer an insight into their other world

Sharon Sandy never expected her work at a Traralgon school would involve arranging medical examinations in Africa.
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It is encouraging to hear of stories where the teachers are engaging parents and coaxing the stories of past violence and hunger out of her students through writing.  Way to go Ms. Sandy.  I look forward to seeing a copy of your students' first work, "Donkeys Can't Fly on Planes."

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Flaws in South Sudan National School Exams

Flaws in South Sudan National School Exams | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
South Sudan's first ever high school exams, which began this week, have been marred by a shortage of test papers and poorly written questions, officials and students say.

Josephine Keji, ...
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Having questions on the national high school exit exam that were not covered in class is common for other countries, but missing the questions altogether is another challenge that South Sudanese students have to face this year.  Voice of America reports that in some cases there were not enough papers for the students to test at all.  For the country's first national high school exit exam, I hope that leaders will not be discouraged but learn from these mistakes and improve for next year.

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School Dropouts - Sudan Vision

School Dropouts - Sudan Vision | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
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Ahmed Mohamed Salih, 13, lives in Mayo suburb of South Khartoum. He left school and presently works in polishing shoes, earning 20- Sudanese pounds a day.
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The school drop out trend in South Sudan is an indicator that much more could be done to keep students in school.  Many do not have parents to make sure they stay in school due to the number of orphans from the wars.  So the incentive system needs to target the young students.  This is similar to the article in the Economist that found the reason so many Muslims turn to extremism is because of a lack of respectable jobs.  With these South Sudanese students, they too have a felt need--relevancy.  If school is not relevant and is taking money rather than helping them earn money, there is less incentive to stay in high school when one can earn good money on the streets.

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'Lost Boy of Sudan' Gabriel Bol Deng returns to Lenox school to share his life ... - Berkshire Eagle

'Lost Boy of Sudan' Gabriel Bol Deng returns to Lenox school to share his life ... - Berkshire Eagle | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
'Lost Boy of Sudan' Gabriel Bol Deng returns to Lenox school to share his life ...
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I like it that Gabriel is sensitive to the girls' situation. It is hard to change the culture, but easy to drill wells at the school.
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Oil production in South Sudan to resume this month - Livemint

Oil production in South Sudan to resume this month - Livemint | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
Livemint Oil production in South Sudan to resume this month Livemint The development will boost OVL's production, with the explorer expecting to produce 6.865 million tonnes (mt) of oil and equivalent gas in the current fiscal compared with around...
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Resuming oil production with Sudan will bring positive changes for the education sector of South Sudan.  Nine dollars per barrell is much more agreeable than $36.  And hopefully the line out through Ethiopia or Kenya will be finished being scoped out soon.

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Irondequoit students find colorful way to help South Sudan

Irondequoit students find colorful way to help South Sudan | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
Third graders at the Discovery Charter School in Irondequoit raised more than $900 to help build a school in Sudan.
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What a precious way to give back to the world while still in USA primary school.

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Returnees build their own village back in South Sudan

Returnees build their own village back in South Sudan | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
After some 20 years living in Khartoum, the 1,600 returnees were stranded because they no longer had family ties or a place to go.
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It is heartbreaking for a people to have no place to call home and moving to see how they are coming together to start a new village.  What a super example of teamwork.  There are so many places like this that need educators to teach their children.

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Upper Nile to lose over 200 Sudanese teachers by end of year - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

Upper Nile to lose over 200 Sudanese teachers by end of year - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
By Julius N. Uma December 12, 2012 (JUBA) - KEY FACTS ON EDUCATION IN UPPER NILE
• In 2012, primary school enrollment increased to 208, 347 compared to 186,939 in 2010
• The numbers of primary school building increased to 420 in 2012 compared to 362 that existed by the end of 2010
• In 2012, at least 136,993 boys enrolled in primary schools compared to 103,898 girls
• The Education ministry receives between 5-7% of the state budget, despite being the largest ministry in Upper Nile
• A grade 14 teacher in Upper Nile receives a monthly pay of SSP 280 ($70) while a Grade 9 (college graduate) gets SSP 792 ($180).
• South Sudan’s Education for All (EFA) Goal 4 is a 50% reduction in adult illiteracy by 2015, yet it remains one of the least funded.
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These stats are encouraging and much higher than they were just a few years ago.

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How Your Donations Are Transforming a Community in Malakal, South Sudan - Five Talents

How Your Donations Are Transforming a Community in Malakal, South Sudan - Five Talents | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
Five Talents Program Director Suzanne Schultz Middleton shares the story of a community in South Sudan that is being transformed, thanks in part to donors who gave during a 2010-2011 matching grant campaign.
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Throughout this organization's six program areas, over 10,000 participants have been given what is often their first opportunity to become literate and numerate. In addition, over 1,700 have progressed to training in basic business skills and joined community Savings and Loan Associations (SLAs).

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Success from afar, South Sudan refugee boy ranked 4th

http://www.ntv.co.ke One of the surprises in the KCPE 2011 results was the excellent performance by a Sudanese refugee. Kuok Tito Yak was number 4 in the who...
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South Sudan crisis: Kenya and Ethiopia leaders in Juba for talks - BBC News

South Sudan crisis: Kenya and Ethiopia leaders in Juba for talks - BBC News | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
“South Sudan crisis: Kenya and Ethiopia leaders in Juba for talks BBC News The leaders of two of South Sudan's neighbours, Kenya and Ethiopia, have held "constructive" talks there in a bid to halt fighting, officials say.”
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This article has a good map showing which states are affected by the conflict.
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Determined young Sudanese refugee puts her education ahead of marriage | ReliefWeb

Determined young Sudanese refugee puts her education ahead of marriage | ReliefWeb | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it

"I would not leave the school compound until the trainer told me to join the group because I was distracting the class," she recalls. "It was like being back in school. I was so excited," she added of the month-long ECD course.

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This is an excellent example of the hunger so many young women and men have to be educated.  They are bucking the tradition of an early marriage (read teens), and seeking education.

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A new country rises from the ruins

A new country rises from the ruins | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it

 The country is bigger than France but has almost no infrastructure. Less than 1% of the people have access to electricity. “This place makes Afghanistan look developed,” says one of thousands of foreign helpers.

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This is an excellent article summarizing the current state of South Sudan.  It covers education, health care, security, business, infrastructure, among others.

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Analysis: South Sudan struggles to meet demand for education

Analysis: South Sudan struggles to meet demand for education | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
Five decades of war and upheaval in South Sudan has had an inevitable impact on education - almost three-quarters of adults in the world's newest country are unable to read or write.
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Yes, the education situation and illiteracy rate is awful, but there are people on the ground working to make a difference.  This weekend May 3-5, there is a teacher education conference in Yei, South Sudan.  About 450 educators are expected.  Yay for Yei.

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2013 South Sudan Scholarship, University of Westminster, UK | SCHOLARSHIPS TIMES

2013 South Sudan Scholarship, University of Westminster, UK | SCHOLARSHIPS TIMES | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
University of Westminster offers South Sudan Scholarship for the students of South Sudan seeking a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages.
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This is a good opportunity for students in South Sudan who have bachelors, but it seems the diaspora of South Sudanese is more likely to see this opportunity than the ones inside the country.  Although Internet is available in South Sudan via the cellular networks such as Vivacell, Zain, and MTN, they are very slow inside the buildings and decent speeds outside the buildings.  Other than Internet, opportunities like these need to be printed out and posted in public spaces in the country so that more can be aware of it.

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POTD: The kids @CoppellHigh loaded boxes for high school orphans in South Sudan #coppell #dallasnews http://twitter.yfrog.com/nt1vhpyuj

POTD: The kids @CoppellHigh loaded boxes for high school orphans in South Sudan #coppell #dallasnews http://twitter.yfrog.com/nt1vhpyuj | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
Click on the photo to comment, share or view other great photos (RT @waterisbasic: POTD: The kids @CoppellHigh loaded boxes for high school orphans in South Sudan #coppell #dallasnews http://t.co/4bVQvLkab5)...
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Way to go Coppell High.  Maybe you can come visit South Sudan some day and tutor some kids at a local high school.  

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Exchanging Daughters for Livestock: Child Marriage In South Sudan | Human Rights Watch

Exchanging Daughters for Livestock: Child Marriage In South Sudan | Human Rights Watch | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
JUBA — “You will marry this old man whether you like it or not,” Aguet’s uncles told her. Aguet, from South Sudan, was forced at age 15 to marry a 75-year-old man. Her family received 80 cows as dowry in exchange.
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For primary and secondary aged school children, a marriage that young may ruin their chances of ever completing their education.

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MGP Sam Childers Water drilling in South Sudan

MGP Sam Childers on water drilling in South Sudan (Mi è piaciuto un video di @YouTube da @KevinGEvans: http://t.co/BDrYsVkJ MGP Sam Childers Water drilling in South Sudan)...
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Sam Childers is the man Machine Gun Preacher movie was about.  He also wrote a book, Another Man's War.

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In South Sudan, many girls are missing out on school

In South Sudan, many girls are missing out on school | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
Today, July 9, South Sudan celebrates its first anniversary. Since independence, education has been a key priority for the government. But many challenges remain – especially girls’ access to educa...
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Let's get more South Sudan girls in school!  What they contribute to society after getting educated will be more valuable than their pre-education marriage dowry.

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Learning globally, acting locally at Vermont Commons

Learning globally, acting locally at Vermont Commons | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
Tenth-grade students at Vermont Commons School are learning about early modern history in their social studies class — but not in the usual way. “I decided to change things up,” said teacher Mark Cline Lucey. “After eight years of teaching this same class about global history between 1500-1800, I wanted to bring the curriculum to a deeper level.”
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School partnerships between nations build cultural awareness, expand student perspectives, and promote peace.  This is exactly the kind of thing that my family would like to do between schools in California and schools in South Sudan.

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South Sudan parliament debates media laws - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

South Sudan parliament debates media laws - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
December 13, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan lawmakers on Wednesday started deliberations on draft legislation to regulate the young nation's media.

Passing the media bills "will be big achievement not only to the journalists but also to the country and our people. So we need to think very, very carefully before passing them”, Kiden said.
Media groups and civil society organizations have broadly accepted the need for a tougher press watchdog but have been united in their opposition to provision in the proposed bill law which gives responsibility for appointing of the head of public broadcasting and corporation to country’s President based on recommendation of the minister of information.
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This is a crucial step for the nation.  Without a free press, things can get very oppressive.  Part of the need for journalists in training is to learn how to be respectful of opponents views without attacking them personally.  In a tribalistic culture this along will be super challenging because one's loyalties are often set and bing respectful is often seen as a sign of betrayal or weakness.

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News & Information

News & Information | Education in South Sudan | Scoop.it
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Once the basic IT infrastructure is in place, maybe South Sudan will finally connect its banking system to the outside world and install some ATMs.  Teachers need to be paid more easily than a trip to the capital, or a trip outside the country to withdraw money.

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