JUBA, South Sudan New data in the Global Initiative on Out of School Children South Sudan Country Study estimates that up to 2.4 million children are not attending school in South Sudan, the highest proportion of out of school children in the world. Years of conflict, displacement and economic collapse continue to deprive children of education, harming the future of the country. In just two years the number of children not in school will increase by a further 200,000, to 2.6 million, if conditions in the country do not significantly improve, the study warns. “We cannot leave children behind. They are the future of South Sudan,” said Sardar Umar Alam, UNESCO’s Representative to South Sudan. “We must work together – everyone including the government, civil soc
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of AmericaThe members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) have praised the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) efforts to drive forward the South Sudan peace process, and take note of the Khartoum Declaration of Agreement Between Parties of the Conflict of South Sudan agreed between President Salva Kiir, Dr. Riek Machar, and other opposition parties in Khartoum on June 27th. Troika has welcomed the Government of Sudan’s role in hosting the latest round of discussions. "We hope that the principles outlined in the declaration will help to build confidence between the parties and guide the difficult discussions that must follow to reach a credible and comprehensive wider agreement." they said New ceas
NOUAKCHOTT, MauritaniaThe African Union High Level Ad Hoc Committee for South Sudan, has convened its 7th meeting on the margins of the 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments, in Nouakchott, under the chairmanship of President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa. The meeting was attended by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda; Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia of Algeria; Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria Geoffrey Onyeama and the Chief of Staff of President of Chad, Ms. Banata Tchale Sow. The meeting was also attended by the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Ethiopia State Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene, as representative of the IGAD Chairperson, as well as by the AU High Representative for South Sudan, former President A...
MUKONO, Uganda Three maiden doctoral and two deceased students are among the 1,024 people set to graduate at Uganda Christian University (UCU)’s nineteenth graduation ceremony. They include 554 (54%) female and 470 (46%) males. 31 students will graduate with first class degrees at ceremony scheduled for Friday July 6th, 2018 at UCU main campus in Mukono. The three doctoral students include the first PhD graduand in the history of UCU; Maturu Milly Erema who will graduate with a doctoral of philosophy. Two other students; David Goobi Kataate and Selugo James will graduate with doctor of ministry. Dr. Benon Musinguzi, the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs said the doctoral graduates means increased ability by the university to offer higher education, “we have been steadily
JUBA, South SudanSouth Sudanese churches have welcomed the signing of a permanent ceasefire agreement by the main rivals, while cautioning that many other such pacts had also been dishonored. President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, the main opposition SPLM-IO leader, signed the declaration agreement in Khartoum on 27th June, raising hope for an end of the conflict, which ignited in 2013 as a political dispute between the two leaders. “The intention and the will is positive. Our hope and prayer is they will implement what they have signed. There are a lot of agreements that have been signed, but not implemented,” said Fr James Oyet Latansio, the general secretary of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) in a telephone interview. “They have stopped the shooting of the guns
GENEVA, Switzerland President Salva Kiir, and his rival and former deputy, Riek Machar, reached an agreement in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, which according to reports, includes a ceasefire between government and opposition forces that is due to begin within 72 hours. Previous efforts to end fighting between the rival forces since 2013 around South Sudan have failed, leaving tens of thousands dead, and around four million either internally-displaced or forced to flee to neighbouring countries. The humanitarian crisis has left millions without enough to eat, and led to famine in parts of the country. In a statement issued by his Spokesman, UN chief António Guterres said that Wednesday’s agreement had been signed “at a time when the security situation in parts of South Sudan conti
JUBA, South SudanA Bangladeshi peacekeeper has been killed during an armed attack on a United Nations convoy that was supporting the delivery of humanitarian aid to vulnerable civilians in the Central Equatorian region of South Sudan. Bangladeshi Military Liaison Officer, Lieutenant Commander Ashraf Siddiqui, was part of a convoy led by Nepalese peacekeepers providing protection to humanitarian workers travelling from Yei to Lasu when several shots were fired at the group by unknown gunmen. Lieutenant Commander Ashraf Siddiqui was hit and died from his injuries shortly afterwards. It is a tragedy that he lost his life in such an appalling act of violence while working to help those in need and to protect the lives of others The Nepalese peacekeepers immediately returned ...
NAIROBI, Kenya Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has commended the East African Community for projects under the Northern Corridor Integration Projects that is spurring regional development. Speaking at the 14th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi Kenya, Mr Museveni said: "I am happy because for the last 50 years I have been working on these projects with elders like Mzee Kenyatta, Nyerere, Obote." The Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) is a multilateral development initiative established in 2013 and is aimed at speeding up development in the region particularly the improvement of infrastructure for ease of movement of people, goods and services in the region. Speaking on a raft of undertakings under NCIP, President Museveni b