Sunday, October 30, 2011

UNESCO Reprimands South Sudan on Education Reform

On saturday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)called for the newly formed nation of South Sudan to allocate more resources towards its extremely limited educational system. According to the organization, South Sudan has some of the worst indicators for education levels in the world. These comments were made during a ceremony which welcomed South Sudan as UNESCO's newest memeber and happened only two days after the fledgling nation had completed the procedures necessary to ratify the agency's constitution. Irina Bokova, UNESCO's Director-General, pledged to stand by South Sudan throughout the process of educational advancement but stated that the nation still faced 'immense challenges'. One startling statistic presented by the organization stated that only eight percent of women in South Sudan know how to read and there are estimated to be only 400 girls in the last grade of secondary school within the entire country of 8 million people.

By: Nick McGuire

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