Project profile — Girls' Education South Sudan

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Girls' Education South Sudan - Overview
Government of the United Kingdom - DFID - Department for International Development
2019-12-05 - 2023-03-31
Country / region • South Sudan (100.00%)
Sector • Education, Level Unspecified
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (7.00%)
• Education, Level Unspecified
Education facilities and training (11120) (7.00%)
• Education, Level Unspecified
Teacher training (11130) (7.00%)
• Basic Education
Primary education (11220) (28.00%)
• Secondary Education
Secondary education (11320) (46.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (5.00%)
Policy marker • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (principal objective)
Description and results


Supported by Canada and the United Kingdom, this is the second phase of the project known as Girls Education in South Sudan (GESS2). The project aims to increase access to education for girls in South Sudan by improving girls’ enrolment and retention in both primary and secondary schools, as well as the quality of education they receive. This will be done through the distribution of cash transfers to school-aged girls to encourage completion of their education; the provision of grants to schools for the improvement of physical conditions and resources, such as sanitation and hygiene infrastructure and books or other learning materials; and improvements to education services through teacher training, curriculum reviews, and systems to monitor attendance and school performance. The project also works to address key barriers that limit girls’ access to education with a particular emphasis on the prevention of sexual and gender based violence and child marriage. The project builds on a previous phase of Girls Education South Sudan (GESS) that was unilaterally supported by the United Kingdom. Phase II of GESS is part of Canada’s $400 million G7 Charlevoix Declaration that supports education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved girls’ enrollment and retention at primary and secondary school; and (2) improved gender-responsive, evidence-based, quality education for girls.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of May 2021 include: (1) the total number of children enrolled in school in South Sudan before schools closed due to the pandemic, was 2,727,209 (1,237,064 girls and 1,490,145 boys), surpassing the 1,784,664 children enrolled as of March 2019; (2) a cumulative total of 683,593 unique girls have received cash transfer payments to encourage them to enrol in and attend school, help them buy scholastic materials and menstrual hygiene supplies, and contribute to poverty reduction in the household; and (3) 2.3 million people were reached with behaviour change communication through the broadcast of ‘Our School’ radio programmes on safeguarding, disability inclusion, and gender sensitivity topics such as how to deal with sexual harassment and menstrual health. Overall, this project is improving the enrolment and retention of girls, reducing barriers to education, and promoting equity in access for all children in South Sudan.



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Planned Disbursement $0
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