Education Curriculum For Pastoralists Launched In South Sudan

An education curriculum and framework for pastoral communities in South Sudan was launched on Thursday aiming at providing pastoralists with sustainable learning opportunities as they move.

Education Curriculum For Pastoralists Launched In South Sudan
A pastoral community attending a lesson. [Photo credit/FAO]

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 17 November 2017 [Gurtong]-
The curriculum is known as the adapted Pastoralist Livelihoods and Education Field Schools (PLEFS) curriculum and the Pastoralist Education Program Strategy Framework.

The curriculum was developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in partnership with Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI), Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries (MLF) and Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS).

“It is our long-term vision to see to it that pastoralist communities receive adequate services and infrastructure to improve their livelihoods,” says James Janka Duku, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries.

The curriculum and program strategy framework is the first of its kind in South Sudan as it integrates literacy and numeracy training and livelihood support, tailored specifically to the nomadic lifestyle of the pastoralists.

“The project has seized the opportunity to create a quality curriculum within the framework for lifelong learning for all marginalized pastoralist communities, and has empowered the communities to access literacy and livelihood opportunities,” Sardar Umar Alam, UNESCO Representative South Sudan said.

“Today’s event is devoted not only to acknowledge the efforts of all partners in developing the curriculum, but also reassuring their commitment to implement the pastoralist education program to promote literacy to build more inclusive and peaceful communities,” he added.

“The partnership between the three line ministries, FAO and UNESCO is unique and has realized a way for marginalized communities to access vital services in challenging conditions,” says Serge Tissot, FAO Representative. “FAO is committed to strengthening livelihoods, and integrating basic literacy and numeracy skills into the field school approach really improves pastoralists’ way of life.”

The PLEFS curriculum has been developed with European Union funding under the project "Enhanced Knowledge for Resilient Pastoralist Livelihoods and Education in South Sudan," implemented by FAO and UNESCO in Western Lakes and Eastern Lakes States. Currently there are 11 learning centers, catering to approximately 1 600 learners.

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