UN cultural agency rolls out literacy programs in South Sudan

Student in South Sudan participates in a English reading exercise. © UNESCO /M. Hofer

Literacy programs are being rolled out in South Sudan to help teach as many people to read and write as possible, according to an education specialist with the UN cultural agency.

Small libraries, literacy centers and temporary learning spaces for the displaced populations are being built by UNESCO to boost literacy.

South Sudan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world.

Since fighting broke out in 2013 between government forces and rebels loyal to a former Vice President, some children have not set foot inside a classroom.

Speaking to Ivanna Moussa, Rena Dietz, the agency's education programs manager began by using updated figures to explain how big the problem really is.

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