UNESCO offers help in South Sudan’s education

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization Headquarters in Paris. Photo: Christophe Petit.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) on has pledged South Sudan to intervene in their higher education system in order to create job opportunities for the youth.

UNESCO organisation seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, Science and Culture. Their programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.

UNESCO’s representative Saidou Sireh Jallow, who is based in South Sudan, said his organisation will ensure through hard work that tertiary institutions produce highly-qualified graduates.

“The courses and programmes that are delivered at different universities in South Sudan are of high quality so that the students that come out of these universities could meet the standard,” said Jallow.

He added that the higher education in South Sudan merges with UNESCO mandate of promoting access to skills and expertise required to empower the youth.

South Sudan’s higher education minister Yien Oral Lam Tut said he had initially requested UNESCO to support the world’s youngest nation to develop a world-class higher education, science, and technology strategy.

“We are expecting a lot to be done by UNESCO in terms of policy and the strategic plan, including establishing the Directorate of Science and technology in this country. All of our higher education institutions are at the establishment stage,” said the minister.

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