Girls’ Education South Sudan 2 (2019-2024)

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Project Location

Project Duration

5 years

Total Value


Value of Montrose Component



  • South Sudan has some of the lowest educational indicators in the world.
  • In 2016, 128,000 girls started primary school, but only 2,700 completed secondary school.
  • Many barriers prevent girls from going to school – cultural, financial, poor infrastructure, poor quality education.
  • Girls’ Education South Sudan 2 (GESS 2) follows on from highly successful GESS 1 (April 2013 to September 2018).
  • A consortium with Montrose leading on knowledge, evidence, research and learning is working with the Ministry of General Education and Instruction to eliminate barriers to girls’ education and promote gender equality.


  • GESS 2 aims to promote equity in education by increasing levels of gender parity in enrolment and improving girls’ attainment.
  • Focuses on secondary education.
  • Further improves quality education work.
  • Includes vulnerable groups.
  • Integrates English language training.
  • Montrose will:
    • Lead on knowledge, research and learning and provide technical support to delivery of quality education inputs.
    • Design accelerated learning programmes.
    • Provide technical advice and assistance.
    • Design and conduct research studies and learning assessments.


  • GESS 2’s whole-school transformation model will:
    • Improve access to education.
    • Increase gender parity in student enrolment.
    • Improve pupil retainment.
  • Quality education interventions supported by Montrose will:
    • Improve learning in the classroom.
    • Ensure all children engage in meaningful learning, acquire knowledge and skills.
    • Ensure pupils complete their education.
  • GESS 1 highlights:
    • Increased enrolment from 928,000 in 2014 to 1,580,000 in 2018.
    • Raised the ratio of girls in education from 40% to 44%.