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South Sudan to release cash transfers for school girls

The national ministry for general education and instruction in partnership with the Girls Education South Sudan (GESS) announced they will release cash grants starting next week for school girls.

 Awut Deng Acuil, the national minister for general education and instruction, said the objective of the 2023 cash transfer is to support and empower girls about 425,000 girls in accessing and successfully completing their education.

 “The 2023 cash transfers targets girls who are currently enrolled in and regularly attending classes from primary 5 and senior 4, girls enrolled in the GESS accelerated learning program, will also be eligible to receive cash transfers,” Deng said during press conference held in Juba on Friday.

The cash transfer program for school girls run by GESS is funded by the United Kingdom Aid, Global Affairs Canada, and European Union, USAID and Swedish International Development Agency and Norwegian ministry of foreign affairs.

Akuja De Garang, the team leader for Girls Education South Sudan, said the payment is closely monitored, adding they will continue to partner with the ministry of general education and instruction to improve cash transfer process.

“Girls have to be enrolled and all the names have to be entered into the system, we make sure we are not paying ghost learners, we are trying very much together with the ministry to improve the process,” Garang said.

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