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AVSI IInd call for a context specific education response in EES, with a focus on former Torit State: reopening schools in rural communities

Subject/Objective: 

By conducting a payam-level analysis, to review the state of edcuaiton at the community level, covering both areas with schools and area without functioning or very limited presence of schools

Methodology: 

Compilaiton of surveys (AVSI Mulit-sector Survey, AVSI pupils-teachers survey, EES rapid school assesment) and secondary data (ECSS, IOM, UNHCR)

Key findings: 

EES was, and possibly continue to be, the state with the highest share of non-functioning schools (above 40% in 2018). What very few know is that the school closure touched rural areas much more intensely than urban areas. In counties like Magwi, Torit, Kapoeata South and Kapoeta East the share of schools operating in the central payam, compared to the rest of all the other payam of the counties, went from approx. 33% to approx. 66%. Considering that the few schools open outside of the main towns are less likely to offer nursery or higher primary classes (P5 and above), the condition of most communities is very dire. Is not a surprise that improving education is by far the strongest request coming from families, shared across every single community (with the partial exception of some towns). 

The call to open new schools where there none, that in most of the country means promoting pastoralist education, in the Toirt State context translates into reopening the dozens and dozens of schools which are now not functioning. Simply refurbishing functioning schools, especially if the largest and most accessible one located in urban areas will not be sufficient to attend the need of the population of Torit, Magwi and Ilkwoto, where in fact returnees are not coming back as expected due to the limited supply of education services.  

 

Assessment Questionnaire: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
Publicly Available
Operations(s)/Webspace(s): 
Assessment Date(s): 
28 Jan 2020 to 08 Feb 2020
Status: 
Report completed
Population Type(s): 
All affected population
Cluster(s)/Sector(s): 
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
AVSI Foundation
Location(s): 
Magwi
Torit