SOUTH SUDAN / DISPLACED CHILDREN EDUCATION

14-Oct-2021 00:03:47
Ongoing conflict in Tambura, South Sudan, has displaced tens of thousands and children. Schools have been destroyed by armed attackers and students as well as teachers have been frequent targets. Many teachers have fled for their lives while numerous school-going children have been forced by these dire circumstances to leave their homes and shelter at the UNMISS temporary base in the area. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / DISPLACED CHILDREN EDUCATION
TRT: 03:47
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 13 OCTOBER 2021, TAMBURA SOUTH SUDAN
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1. Wide shot, school building
2. Wide shot, peacekeeper on guard as children carry boxes
3. Wide shot, peacekeeper standing and a boy carrying a box
4. Med shot, boy carrying a box
5. Wide shot, girls carrying boxes and peacekeeper guarding
6. Med shot, destroyed staff office
7. Wide shot, Dominic reading in the IDP camp
8. Close up, Dominic reading
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dominic Abudallah Joseph, Headmaster:
“This is a terrible situation that rebels have caused to the students and community. The setback [suffered] by the students and pupils … According to me, in the camp here, there should at least be a school opened for them till peace returns. Because we cannot let them stay as they are at this time. [A] school should be opened [even] under a tree where they can be taught.”
10. Various shots, children, boys and girls playing in the camp
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Lucy Lino Paul, Displaced Student:
“I do not know. I [am here] just because of the war; If not, I would have gone back to finish my education. Now because of the war, I cannot move anywhere. I am just staying [here].”
12. Closeup, boys collecting books from the store
13. Wide shot, boys carrying books
14. Wide shot, boxes are being loaded
15. Close up, Dominic reading
16. Close up, Dominic reading
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Dominic Abudallah Joseph, Headmaster:
“Such kind of conflict [is] barbaric. The UN and [the] government should really join together and bring peace to Tambura [and] especially the whole of Western Equatoria so that we may catch up with other counties and states in South Sudan.”
18. Various shots, women and children in the camp
STORYLINE
The situation in Tambura, located in Western Equatoria, is grim, to say the least. Ongoing conflict here has displaced tens of thousands and children, are perhaps, the worst affected. Schools have been destroyed by armed attackers and students as well as teachers have been frequent targets. Many teachers have fled for their lives while numerous school-going children have been forced by these dire circumstances to leave their homes and shelter at the UNMISS temporary base in the area.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dominic Abudallah Joseph, Headmaster:
“This is a terrible situation that rebels have caused to the students and community. The setback [suffered] by the students and pupils … According to me, in the camp here, there should at least be a school opened for them till peace returns. Because we cannot let them stay as they are at this time. [A] school should be opened [even] under a tree where they can be taught.”

As the conflict continues, the risks of child marriage and early pregnancy has soared.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lucy Lino Paul, Displaced Student:
“I do not know. I [am here] just because of the war; If not, I would have gone back to finish my education. Now because of the war, I cannot move anywhere. I am just staying [here].”

As learners in other parts of the country continue their education after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and reopening of schools, learning institutions in Tambura remain with their shutters down with an uncertain future.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dominic Abudallah Joseph, Headmaster:
“Such kind of conflict [is] barbaric. The UN and [the] government should really join together and bring peace to Tambura [and] especially the whole of Western Equatoria so that we may catch up with other counties and states in South Sudan.”

72 percent of children in the world’s newest nation drop out of school at the primary level - the highest rate of any country. UNMISS is trying to bring together the opposing groups in Tambura to restore calm and stability.
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