The USAID South Sudan Education for Peace, Recovery and Resilience (EPRR) project is expanding access to safe education spaces for children and youth affected by conflict. The complex crisis in South Sudan has left 2.2 million children and adolescents displaced and without access to education, according to UNESCO’s Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children. As educational access and quality increase, communities will develop local resilience and enhanced capacity to rebuild schools and communities for the future.
EPRR is conducting a context and risk analysis of schools and learning centers in five target states: Eastern Equatoria, Jonglei, Unity, Upper Nile and Western Bahr el Ghazal. The project will ensure that learning structures are safe, equitable and comfortable for students and teachers and meet with community needs. EPRR is also co-developing quality teaching and learning materials, training and supporting teachers, and fostering psychosocial well-being and peacebuilding skills in the school community. These activities employ conflict-sensitive, trauma-informed, gender-equitable and socially inclusive strategies.
EPRR is implemented through an FHI 360-led consortium with technical experts in education, infrastructure, peacebuilding and the local context. EPRR is aligned with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) South Sudan strategic framework for 2020-2023 and the Government of South Sudan’s general education strategic plan for 2017-2022. The project also integrates with ongoing Education Cannot Wait and Partnership for Recovery and Resilience initiatives.