South Sudan

Book Aid International began sending books to Sudan in 1963 and has been working with the Africa Educational Trust in South Sudan since 2007. In 2013 10,131 books were sent to South Sudan.  We support four Resource and Open Learning Centres in Rumbek, Juba, Yambio and Panyagor, and a mobile library scheme to schools in each area. We work in South Sudan with the Africa Educational Trust.

Country Statistics

Human Development Index rating: 166 out of 186 countries*
Adult literacy: not given
Net enrolment in primary education: male 48%, female 34%**
Net attendance in secondary education (enrolment statistics not given): male 6%, female 3%**

Why we work in South Sudan

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011 ending Africa’s longest-running civil war. As well as being the youngest country in the world, South Sudan’s population is also very young, with over half (51%) of the population below the age of 18 years.  Only 27% of the adult population is literate and female illiteracy is the highest in the world. South Sudan also has fewer female children attending school than any other country in the world and less than half of all children go to school.  Schools which survived the war have a limited number of classrooms, little furniture, virtually no equipment and scarcely any books, including textbooks. The language of instruction is English so the textbooks provided by Book Aid International are invaluable to students of all ages.

*Statistics taken from the Human Development Index 2014
**Statistics taken from Unicef‘s ‘State of the World’s Children 2015’ statistical tables

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