By Denis Morris Mimbugbe
As the world commemorated the International Day of Literacy – the day that is commemorated on the 8th of September every year. The day was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO in 1966 to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies.
The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
UNICEIF commits its support to help educational system in South Sudan.
UNICEIF’s chief of Field Operations Mr. Mads Oyen says the international day is very important to all the actors to come together to reflect on their work in the educational sectors which is one of their common goal.
He says UNICIEF is working closely with the Government of South Sudan and other non governmental organizations including Communities in South Sudan to strengthen the educational system and other several elements such as provision of teachers supplementary salary arrear , training of teachers, as while as improving the infrastructure, water and hygiene facilities and others.
Children agency says approximately 7,450 primary School teachers will soon get their supplement salary arear in November of this year.
Mr. Mads says each selected teacher will be able to get one payment of about 21,450 South Sudanese Pounds this is with a support from European Union.
UN stated that though the country is encountering so many challenges that continues to affect the educational progress in South Sudan, there are as been a tremendous progress made so far including School attendance by both girls and boys, the quality of education has been improved and the literacy level has change compares to those days.
According to UNESCO there has been little progress in the recent years, it indicates that South Sudan adult literacy rate is about 34.52% which is still very low compare to other countries in the region.