World Teachers’ Day Celebrations in Juba, South Sudan, 5th Oct 2021

Dr Tap Raj Pant UNESCO addressing the WTD event at Comboni SS in Juba South Sudan © UNESCO

UNESCO Juba office, in partnership in Ministry of General Education and Instruction MOGEI, Save the Children International commemorated the 2021 World Teachers Day in Juba by holding a live radio talk show hosted by UNMISS Radio Miraya. The panelists were: Mr.  John Sebit, Director General Teacher development and Management Services (TDMS) Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MOGEI); Dr. Tap Raj Pant. Head of Education Unit, UNESCO Juba office; and   Mr. Jacob Masanso Gebukoba, Save the Children International, Education Consortium Manager- MYRP, South Sudan.

The radio talk focused on the effect that the pandemic has had on education and teachers, and the importance of investing in the teaching force to support and promote quality learning outcomes for girls and boys affected by the protracted crisis including COVID - 19.  For listening in please click this link

On the same day UNESCO Juba office joined Comboni Senior Secondary School Juba (CSSJ), to celebrate appreciate the teachers and the great work they do. The event was attended by Hon. Cirisio Zachariaj, Minister of General Education and Instruction in Central Equatoria State and brought together CSSJ Teachers who taught there from 1980s till now, alumni from different batches, government representatives, leaders from the catholic archdiocese of Juba and students.

CSSJ adopted the 2021 World Teachers’ Day theme "Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery" as the theme for the event, and a panel discussion with some of the prominent teachers of the school discussed the important role teachers will play in education recovery in South Sudan and called on the government to value and increase teachers’ salary through increased national budget allocation to the education sector.