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14 April 2014
Zeynabou Kane

Education under attack: South Sudan

Schools were destroyed, damaged and looted by armed groups and armed forces during ­
inter-communal violence and border incursions during 2009-2013. Dozens of schools were used for military purposes, some for up to five years.


South Sudan gained independence in July 2011. However, cross-border skirmishes and inter-communal violence continued to pose threats to civilians. The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) also launched sporadic incursions and abduction raids during the first half of the reporting period. An internal conflict broke out between rebels and the government in December 2013, leading to killings along ethnic lines. Two decades of civil war prior to its independence from Sudan greatly hindered the development of the education system. Schools were occupied and damaged or destroyed, teachers and students displaced and children abducted or forcibly recruited by both sides. Gross enrolment was 64 per cent at primary level and 6 per cent at secondary level in 2012. Protracted conflict has left South Sudan with an adult literacy rate of only 27 per cent.

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