Sudanese Education

Across South Sudan, youth have the least accessible primary education system in the world with 22% of school-age (7-14) children attending  school. Today, a mere one in six children in South Sudan can read.

In 2004, only 2.3 percent of students completed primary school. These statistics are even more daunting among females. Only 11% of girls have access to primary education and only 5% of girls complete eighth grade. Of the children that do go to school, 80% have no seat to sit on. These statistics make it not surprising that South Sudan has an adult literacy level of 24%, and 93% of available teachers are untrained.

1/3 of existing permanent schools have latrines and less than 1/2 have water. Of the 1600 schools for 1.6 million children, less than 10% are permanent, 45% are taught “under-trees”, and the remaining are grass-thatched huts.

Statistics:

  • Adult literacy rate — 24%
  • Percentage of primary school students who are girls — 27%
  • Net enrollment rate in primary school — 1 in 5 children
  • Percentage of girls who complete a primary education — 5%
  • Percent of total enrollment (all schools) who are girls — 16%
  • Percent of textbook requirements met — 16%
  • Percent of schools without teacher guides — 50%
  • Current numbers of schools in South Sudan — 1,600
  • Numbers of schools hoping to exist by 2010 — 3,646
  • Number of community secondary schools in South Sudan — 22
  • Primary reason girls drop out of school — Early marriage and household chores
  • Proportion of students (boy & girl) who start grade 1 and reach grade 5 — 28%
  • Number of school-aged children (7-14) who no access to education — 1.4 million
  • Average age of children in grade 1 (in Equatorial) — 12 years old
  • Percent of students in grades 1-4 — 89%
  • Percent of students in grades 5-8 — 11%
  • Number of years in school it takes to reach basic literacy and numeracy — 5-6 years
  • Percent of schools with no latrine — 68%
  • Percent of schools without safe drinking water — 52%
  • Percent of schools without access to health facilities — 67%
  • Amount a teacher will make (if at all) per year to teach — $2 to $90 USD
*Statistics collected from UNICEF, USAID, and UNESCO.