SOUTH SUDAN / ILLITERACY

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UNESCO announced an initiative to combat illiteracy in South Sudan. At seventy percent, the country has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / ILLITERACY
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DATELINE: 12 APRIL, 2016, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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12 APRIL, 2016, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Wide shot, press briefing room
2. Med shot, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) spokesperson and United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) head of country office
3. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Salah Zaki Khaled, Head of South Sudan Office, UNESCO:
“The main areas where UNESCO is focusing under the education sector are technical, vocational, educational, and training. We believe that this is a key area to provide the youths with the technical skills and education they need to build their own country with their own hands. You don’t have to rely on external expertise, foreign expertise. We have to create this capacity nationally here in South Sudan for the young people to have an opportunity for income generation other and not engaged in conflict, violence and crime.”
4. Med shot, UNMISS spokesperson and UNESCO head of country office
5. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Salah Zaki Khaled – UNESCO South Sudan Country Head:
“Conflict has negatively affected the school enrolment and coverage. There is a lack of access associated with late entry and early drop out, meaning nearly 2 million children and youth are out of school now. There are great disparities that remain between boys and girls enrolment. The system is also marked by important disparities between and within states.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Salah Zaki Khaled – UNESCO South Sudan Country Head:
“We have started a police literacy training. As you know the police cannot do its job as it should be if the officers cannot read and write. So, this is the first prerequisite that UNESCO is focusing on now with the police. We have approximately up to 700 officers that will start benefiting from this programme.”
8. Wide shot, reporter asking a question
9. Wide shot, press briefing room

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced an initiative to combat illiteracy in South Sudan. At seventy percent, the country has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world.

Salah Zaki Khaled, chief of UNESCO’s office in South Sudan, said the aim is to provide the youth with the skills and education they need to “build their own country with their own hands.” He said UNESCO is primarily focusing on providing youth with educational, technical, and vocational training.

UNESCO has established 20 literacy centres throughout the country, some of which are mobile. The organization also gave special focus to police literacy training.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Salah Zaki Khaled – UNESCO South Sudan Country Head:
“We have started a police literacy training. As you know the police cannot do its job as it should be if the officers cannot read and write. So, this is the first prerequisite that UNESCO is focusing on now with the police. We have approximately up to 700 officers that will start benefiting from this programme.”

UNESCO has partnered with the Ministry of Education, and other international organizations to carry out an educational sector analysis in the past year. Speaking of the findings, Khaled said “conflict has negatively affected the school enrolment and coverage. There is a lack of access associated with late entry and early drop out, meaning nearly 2 million children and youth are out of school now. There are great disparities that remain between boys and girls enrolment. The system is also marked by important disparities between and within states.”

Khaled said UNESCO is now leading a process to establish an education sector plan for the next five years. The plan will encompass a wide range of people from youth to adults, giving special attention to women and girls who are the most disadvantaged.
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