South Sudan announced cash grants to keep 150,000 girls in school

|Source: Africatime|
Students at Gudele West Basic School, outside Juba. South Sudan. Credit: GPE/David K. Bridges

To advance girls' education and mitigate child marriage, which prevents many girls from attending school, South Sudan announced the allocation of cash grants to keep 150,000 girls in school with support from the British government.

The country has some of the lowest indicators for girls' education in the world. It joined GPE in 2012 and received a US$36.1 million grant to implement its sector plan, and a US$66 million grant from USAID for its education initiatives.

The percentage of girls who complete secondary education is exceptionally low compared to boys, and the World Bank has estimated that for every 10 boys, only 7 girls attend primary school. Officials are also working to make education free for all children in South Sudan, where poverty and conflict account for the majority of school dropouts.  

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