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Improving data collection for school management in South Sudan

Facts and Figures

The context in SSD has been characterized by a situation of emergency for many years. According to the data from UNHCR and UNICEF,

  • By the end of 2017 the world saw 2.4 million South Sudanese refugees. The number has risen dramatically – from 1.4 million at the beginning of the year.
  • Most South Sudanese refugees resided in Uganda (1,037,400), Sudan (772,700), Ethiopia (421,400), Kenya (111,500) and the DRC (89,000).
  • South Sudan remained the third major country of origin of refugees in 2017.
  • 64 per cent of the refugee population from South Sudan were children. 11 per cent of these were unaccompanied or separated.
  • Almost 2 million school-aged children do not go to school, and about 1.3 million children are at risk of dropping out. South Sudan has the highest proportion of out-of-school children in the world.

"Even though these children are now living in a place with schools, they often fail to enroll or they quickly drop out. They are either ashamed of being in class with much younger children or have seen and done things during the war which they need help processing" --Irene Fredriksson, Senior Advisor at Oxfam

Topic for solutions

The project builds on ongoing activities, but with more strategic focus on resilience building than ‘traditional’ emergency projects. Main aims of the E-motive learning exchange are to develop more reliable data collection system and promote more inclusiveness in data collection. This is expected to enable education systems from local to national levels to signal trends, prepare for shocks, and become more adaptable to new situations, and as such making the education system more resilience.