On South Sudan 34.5% Literacy Rate; 2.8M children out of school; reading culture; war effects; & more: The Weekly Review

Published on 14th September 2021. YouTube Link:

In this episode, Roger Alfred Yoron Modi hosted three guests:

-Okoth Owity Opap, the author of Unsung Giants Who Fought to Keep Africa Free, a 2021 Book about the Anyuak Kingdom. Opap holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, both from Park University, USA.

-Jon Pen de Ngong, writer, poet, activist, Founder of Faithbook Publishers and Executive Director of Faithbook Mission.

-And Elbow Chuol, a Literacy Advocate and Founder of Ramciel Reading Club.

On 8th September, the World Celebrated International Literacy Day (ILD) under the theme “Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide”.

According to the World Bank, South Sudan Literacy Rate currently stands at 34.5% of people aged 15 & older; and less than 29% among girls & women aged 15 & older.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of General Education and Instruction said at the moment, they have more than 6,000 schools across the country, but still have 2.8 million children out of school.

The discussion in the Program was in light of the above, the promotion of reading culture among South Sudanese, the effects of the war that have left several schools closed up to now, as well as what needs to be done to improve literacy.