After becoming the world's newest country, South Sudan faces the enormous task of rebuilding its education system. Plan Canada is building two schools in two of the most conflict-affected areas, and training child-friendly teachers to take charge of student's learning.
South Sudan became the world's newest country on July 9, 2011. Plan is helping to build the country's education system nearly from scratch.
Plan will build six primary schools in Télimélé, Guinea this year. The first graduating class will include approximately 300 students.
In Western Guinea, only 1 out of 10 children finish primary school. The situation is even worse for girls. Plan realized that providing new schools and teacher training in the area could make a big difference.
Plan promotes reading and writing skills for primary school children in Haiti by providing portable libraries and teacher training.
Reading and writing are essential skills that should be part of every child's tool kit as they enter into adulthood. But in Haiti, ensuring that each child graduates from primary school is still a challenge. In fact, only about half of all children do!
More than 20 years of civil war in South Sudan decimated infrastructure and social institutions, leaving thousands of children without access to schools, basic health care and clean water. (Source: project document)
Less than 30% of people older than 15 in South Sudan can read and write. (Source:http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTSUDAN/Resources/Key-Indicators-SS.pdf)
Access to education for boys and girls is uneven: 55% of young men aged 15-24 can read and write, while only 28% of young women in this age group can. (Source:http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTSUDAN/Resources/Key-Indicators-SS.pdf)
Building two new schools and training teachers is part of this plan to help children in South Sudan fulfill their right to education!
Educated girls grow up healthier, marry later and raise fewer, healthier, more educated children.
Women who succeed economically are more likely to spend earnings on medical care and education for their children. They also have a greater sense of self-worth, increased confidence, and believe in their right to make decisions about their own lives.
But in Senegal, only 31% of the population (and just 16% of girls) attend school beyond the primary level.
40% of boys and 55% of girls are illiterate.
Education and economic security, both part of this project, are two essential ingredients for children, youth and families to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
There's no perfect recipe to end poverty but Plan knows from experience that two essential ingredients are a quality education and the chance to succeed in the workplace.
More than 400,000 children in Rwanda are not attending school.
Less than half of those who do go to school will actually complete their education.
35% of Rwandan families withdraw their children from school because they can't afford the cost of school materials and uniforms.
37% of Rwandans are living in extreme poverty.
Only 21% of the population has access to financial services.
75% percent of unschooled youth have no professional training, and 42% of youth aged 14-35 years are either unemployed or underemployed.
Plan is breaking the cycle of poverty in Rwanda by supporting education and household economic security.
Poverty makes it challenging for children to receive quality education. Without quality education, it's difficult for children and families to rise out of poverty. This conundrum affects people in Rwanda, making breaking the cycle of poverty a huge challenge.
Only 67% of boys aged 15 to 24 in Guinea are able to read and write. Among girls the same age, that number drops to 51%.
76% of all school-aged boys are enrolled in primary school. 66% of girls the same age are enrolled.
34% of boys and 21% of girls are enrolled in high school.
Government instability and challenges to democracy in Guinea cause disruptions in children's education.
Plan, together with UNICEF, are building and furnishing almost 400 classrooms in Guinea in West Africa.
In the forested region of Guinea, in West Africa, students and teachers are proud of 391 new classrooms and 10 new community preschool education centres built by Plan. Newly built schools feature clean water points and girls' and boys' latrines. Classrooms are outfitted with new furniture and school supplies for all students.
Only 42% of school age children in Ethiopia complete primary school.
Only 38% go on to secondary school.
39% of people in Ethiopia live in poverty, surviving on less than US$1.25 per day.
To help end poverty in four regions of Ethiopia, Plan teamed up with the Canadian International Development Agency to provide primary education and tools for entering the workforce for children and youth.
To start with, Plan built a place for children and youth in Ethiopia to learn: three schools, 10 resource centres and 15 libraries. Since lack of clean water and sanitation facilities, including toilets and latrines, are a barrier to school attendance, Plan also made sure to include those in their blueprints. A total of six latrine blocks and 13 clean water wells were built at different primary schools.
One of the main purposes of the reading centre is to provide adolescents in the area with a safe space for them to be with their friends, and to help protect them from being 'recruited' for dangerous work in larger cities. The project also teaches children and their parents about the importance of education, and gives children a space to do their schoolwork. The reading centre has a library, as well as space for clubs, orientation meetings, and general recreation. The centre is also used for workshops on reproductive health and sexuality.
Personal stories: 'It will be useful for the children who will do research work at the centre rather than going outside the community which sometimes is very risky. It will also be a place where girls can gather together and discuss things.' (Julie Ann, president of the Children's Association).