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South Sudan - Improving access and quality of basic education – ESMP Summary
The Support to Basic Education Project aims to contribute to the increasing access and improving quality primary education in South Sudan where more than 2.2 million children are out of school. The objective is to improve equitable access and quality through improved infrastructure and teacher training. The rehabilitation and expansion of 31 primary schools in four former States (Upper Nile, Unity, Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria) where learning has been greatly affected by the conflict, will aim at enrolling over 30,000 pupils, 30% of whom will be transitioning from primary four (P4) to primary eight (P8). The project will train 4,000 teachers through in-service training using Country Education Centres and 400 through pre-service training The total number of direct beneficiaries will be 34,400 students and teachers. The rehabilitation of two National Teacher Training Institutes in two former states (Northern Bahr El Ghazal and Eastern Equatoria) will provide structures for training more teachers after project completion. The strategic outcomes of the project are access to education for children in vulnerable communities, and strengthened systems at Ministry of General Education and Instructions (MoGEI) for improved education management. The project is aligned to South Sudan National Development Plan (2018-2021); General Education Strategic Plan (2017-2022); and National Girls’ Education Strategy (2018-2022); all of which aim to reduce the 2.2 million out-of-school children (OOSC) while enhancing sustainability in qualified teachers’ training. The project cost is UA 12.85 million and it will be financed through the African Development Fund (ADF 14) – PBA UA 7.0m and Transition Support Facility (TSF) Pillar.1 – UA 5.85m. The project will be implemented over 4 years from September 2019 to August 2013.