South Sudan: Plan invests millions in education and peace projects
Plan is investing more than $56 million over the next 5 years to help children recover from decades of conflict in South Sudan – the world’s newest state.
The funds will support vital peace-building initiatives and help improve access to education for thousands of children and youths.
South Sudan officially becomes an independent state on July 9th after more than 98% of the population voted for independence in January’s referendum. The South Sudan government recently launched a 3-year development plan to drum up support for the country’s reconstruction and development.
In response to the appeal, Plan will specifically target $30 million over 3 years to ensure children and youths have access to education and vocational training.
Plan has been operating in South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state since 2006 and is expanding its operations to cover under-served states such as the Lakes, Northern Bahar El Gazal and Jongolei. A key focus has been providing returnees, mostly from North Sudan, with humanitarian aid - including food, seeds and farm implements, water and education.
Fikru Abebe, Plan’s director in South Sudan, said: “Most of these states served as the main battleground during the civil war that rocked South Sudan for more than 2 decades and are currently home to high numbers of children that were injured, orphaned and traumatized. We are seeing an influx of returnees to these areas who require support."
Last year Plan invested more than $6 million rehabilitating and building 2 technical and vocational training centers in Juba and Lainya state. Further investments will be made this year to help establish and revive learning centers for youths in other states.
“In addition, we will be expanding the Basic Employability Skills Training (BEST) program in Juba and Central Equatoria where Plan has trained over 600 youth over the past 12 months. There is a huge response from the youths especially girls towards the BEST program, which helps them ensure employment after graduation,” Abebe added
See how the Plan-supported Juba Technical High School is changing students' lives