More than 2 million children in South Sudan do not receive an education, one of the highest rates of out-of-school children in the world. Globally, the EU has stepped up its funding for education in emergencies to 10 percent of its humanitarian aid budget in order to help children caught in humanitarian crises to return to school.
More than a third of the population had to flee for safety and a third of the schools have been destroyed or damaged. In such a volatile environment, education is crucial for both the protection and development of pupils. It can help rebuild their lives, restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with vital life skills. Education is also one of the best ways to invest in their long-term future, and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their country.
Photos and story by Anouk Delafortrie, Regional Information Officer, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.