Alternative Education in South Sudan is a government initiative that targets children in communities with limited access to formal education, youth and adults who never went to school or dropped out of school, mainly due the war, poverty and negative attitude towards education.
Five decades of civil war has had devastating consequences on lives of many South Sudanese. Most of them have never been to school and the majority of teachers have had no formal training. The aim of the AES is to assist the economic and social reintegration of the generations who did not have access to formal education during war, or have dropped out of school due to the conflict.
SF’s intervention is in response to the very high illiteracy rates in South Sudan (90%) as well as a response to the government’s Education for All (EFA) policy campaign. We support three main programs here;
Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) targets young people who did not complete, or had no opportunity to start a basic education to join and complete their primary education within a short period of time. The program covers all the school work normally done by children through their primary school compressed into four years to cover for lost time.
The Community Girls Education (CGE) is a 3 year program that targets out of school age going children in poor communities where there are no formal primary schools. A single teacher school is established where 30 girls, usually aged 8 to 13 are taken through a 3 years curriculum by the teacher. The program prepares the girls to join formal primary school at primary 5.
The Functional Adult Literacy targets adults who are not able to read or write. It provides them with an opportunity to acquire literacy and numeracy skills. The program specially targets disadvantaged women and girls. In Southern Sudan, we also target demobilized and in-service soldiers who missed out on their basic education because of the war. The learners are introduced to Livelihood program where they also get financial literacy to get economic empowerment.