Since South Sudan’s independence, the enrolment of female learners in secondary education, particularly in hard-to-reach areas, has remained an under addressed issue. Female learners face many barriers and challenges in accessing and progressing through secondary education, affecting the lives of female youths and girls aged 10-24 years.
The Adolescent Girls’ Education in Crisis Initiative (AGENCI) is a four-year (2020-2024) project funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) which supports adolescent girls and female youths to access and succeed in education. The project is implemented by Windle Trust International in Northern Bahr el Ghazal (NBG) and Western Equatoria (WES) states and tackles gender, social, cultural, and economic barriers adolescent girls and young women face in accessing education, making life decisions, and improving their equitable learning outcomes in secondary schools. This is done by addressing critical moments in girls’ education to reduce the risk of dropping out of the education system, allowing their transition to secondary, vocational training or employment. AGENCI provides mentoring of girls through life skills training, formation of school clubs, peer to peer groups, radio talk shows and door to door community outreach.
Covid-19 Intervention: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we carry out Covid-19 activities in the selected secondary schools. This is done by installing hand-washing facilities in all the selected secondary schools, providing hand sanitizers for the staff and soap for students to wash their hands. Carrying out awareness on sanitation and importance of girls’ education through local FM radios and door to door outreach.