South Sudan, DCA: Educational Support in Area 1

Project completed

The two civil wars fought in Area 1 as well as prolonged marginalization in the education system have deprived local communities from access to education for decades. In response, Local Partner 1 (LP1) has worked with Area 1 communities since 1995 and supported the introduction of a new Kenyan curriculum. Improved access and quality of education for all in Area 1 is both a basic human right and a powerful tool to address the cycles of poverty and conflict affecting the communities.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
South Sudan
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Primary education
Material relief assistance
01.09.2016 - 31.08.2018
CHF 240'000

Improved access and quality of education in Area 1 is both a basic human right and a powerful tool to address the cycles of poverty and conflict affecting the communities. A recent survey estimates that 4 out of 5 children did not attend school and 44.7% withhold their children from school as a result of negative coping mechanisms. While the earlier curriculum enforced an Islamic and Arab identity, in 1995 a Kenyan curriculum meeting international standards was introduced.


To increase access to quality primary and secondary education in Area 1 for marginalised and conflict-affected communities.

Target groups

Students of primary and secondary education, secondary school graduates, teachers and head teachers, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) members, county supervisors.

Medium-term outcomes
  • Strengthened community engagement and increased retention of pupils in primary schools and students in secondary schools.
  • Improved quality of education through improved school management and teaching practice in primary and secondary schools.
  • Increased number of pupils and students entering and passing certified primary and secondary school exams.

Expected results:  

  • 28’267 learners are retained in formal education system.
  • 212 teachers have improved their teaching and school management skills.
  • 1’900 students have participated in their primary and secondary examinations.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Other partners

Traditional leaders, Local authority and Kenyan National Examination Council

Coordination with other projects and actors

LP1, Secretariat of Education (SoE) and Area 1 Coordination Unit

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   240'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   239'152 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF  240'000
Project phases

Phase 1 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2018   (Completed)