The Girls' Education South Sudan (GESS) project aims to increase enrolment, retention and levels achievement for girls in South Sudan. This review finds good progress on all three outputs. The continuing insecurity in the three Greater Upper Nile States has clearly impacted project progress, and a programme level Interim Strategy has been put in place to ensure GESS is able to deliver in these states. Overall progress has been generally at or above expectations in remaining states.
GESS has very strong ownership by both National and State governments. A significant achievement of the programme has been the gradual funding of all Capitation Grants by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS).
GESS is strongly placed to support and influence other major programmes. Its key advantages are its specific focus on girls, its national coverage with presence in all states and its engagement across a number of key sectoral areas. Close engagement with other Development Partners (e.g. through technical working groups, scoping and design activities, monitoring and review processes and dissemination of its knowledge, research and evidence work) provides entry points for GESS to ensure efforts and resources fully take into account the education of girls, both outside and inside school.
Cunningham, R. Assignment Report: Annual Review - Summary Sheet. Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS). HEART, UK (2015) 24 pp.