, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 283–300 | Cite as

Viewing the reconstruction of primary schooling in Southern Sudan through education data, 2006–2009

  • HyeJin KimEmail author
  • Kurt D. Moses
  • Bosun Jang
  • Annababette Wils
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After one of the longest wars in the history of Africa, Southern Sudan accomplished one of the world’s quickest education reconstruction programmes. Once the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed in 2005, the international donor community and the government and people of Southern Sudan united under a common goal: to increase access to education for both children and adults. Southern Sudan’s experience leads to three lessons. First, countries entering a post-conflict situation should anticipate and plan for the possibility of a large and rapid influx of new students immediately after hostilities end. Second, after a prolonged conflict, an alternative education system is critical to allow children, and the young adults who were previously deprived of education, the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to earn a living. Finally, donors must respond rapidly, demonstrate considerable flexibility, forgo extensive planning and documentation before acting, and be willing to make a multi-year commitment.


Post-conflict education Reconstruction of education Southern Sudan EMIS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • HyeJin Kim
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kurt D. Moses
    • 1
  • Bosun Jang
    • 1
  • Annababette Wils
    • 1
  1. 1.Academy for Educational DevelopmentWashingtonUSA

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