South Sudan: Evaluation of the Back to Learning Initiative (2019)
Sustainable Development Goals: 4, 16
- SDG 4 - Quality Education
- SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
The Back-to-Learning initiative of the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI) of South Sudan and UNICEF aims to ensure children in conflict hit areas of South Sudan have access to formal or informal learning opportunities in the short- and medium-run. It also seeks to address children’s rights in respect of violence, displacement, hunger and discrimination on grounds of gender and disability and promote schools and alternate learning spaces as inclusive Zones of Peace where children can learn to be positive citizens. An evaluation of the programme is intended to provide all stakeholders insights into the initiative’s achievements and shortcomings. The report concluded the initiative has made significant contributions to provide schooling opportunities to children in conflict-stricken regions. It also raised learner enrollment especially for girls and improved teacher and learner retention as well as school governance. The report found BTL implementing partners paid strong attention to basic conditions for children’s wellbeing, which had a positive impact on children’s ability to learn in most schools surveyed. Lastly, the initiative improved gender equity among learners but not among teachers. The report also recommends improving teaching and learning in schools by regular monitoring on-site or in-classroom support, adopting a standardized performance-based policy for incentives, providing adequate remuneration at all levels of the system and stronger collaboration among BTL partners.