Montrose congratulates the Ministry of General Education and Instruction on starting the second phase of the Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) Programme. GESS 2 was launched in a colourful ceremony presided over by the Honourable Minister of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI), Deng Deng Hoc Yai.

The programme is funded by UK Department for International Development (DfID) and will deliver £70million of aid over the course of five years. GESS 2 will reach over 3,400 schools with cash grants, 295,000 girls with cash transfers and 2 million South Sudanese citizens with radio broadcasts.

Speaking at the event, the Honourable Minister stated, “We must now continue the important work of GESS 1 that provided critical support to the education sector. During the first phase, the programme reached almost 2 million citizens and helped to change the narrative of girls’ education in South Sudan. We thank the UK government for their continued support and pledge to work alongside UK aid to build on past success.”

This phase of the programme will see a larger emphasis on low secondary school enrolment, especially the drop-out and retention of girls, as well as a focus on ensuring that children with disabilities can access education.

The GESS 2 programme will also support the new South Sudanese curriculum by placing a heavy focus on the quality of education and improving learning outcomes at both primary and secondary levels across the country. Alongside improvements to the quality of education, cash grants will continue to allow school management bodies to identify and improve areas of great need.

Commenting on the start of the second phase of the program, Gary Preece, DfID’s programme lead , said: “We are proud to continue working alongside the Ministry of Education to continue this transformative package of support to the education sector. This is part of UK aid’s commitment to giving children the best possible start in life, especially hard-to-reach girls. Education has the force to empower marginalised girls and women to lead change within schools and their wider communities, playing a transformative role in post-conflict recovery. The UK is investing in South Sudan to ensure that a generation of children do not miss out on an education.”

Montrose is honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to empowering a generation of South Sudanese girls to reach their full potential and as part of the GESS 2 team, Montrose will support the South Sudanese education sector to improve Knowledge, Evidence, Research and Learning.
Girls' Education South Sudan (GESS) 2 is an initiative of the Ministry of General Education and Instruction of South Sudan, with funding from DfID. GESS 2 is working nationwide to transform the lives of a generation of children in South Sudan – especially girls – through education.

For more information: www.girlseducationsouthsudan.org