South Sudan, established on July 9, 2011, is the youngest country in the world. After years of chaos caused by wars, South Sudan's politics, economy and society are waiting for rebuilding. Education is listed as the key field only second to national defense by the government.
As a newly-built country, South Sudan's government hopes to fully reform and innovate its educational system and teaching resources.
"South Sudan pays great attention to education. Although the country is in unrest, education cannot wait and whatever the difficulties we face, we must ensure the investment in education," said Michael Longolio, undersecretary of South Sudan's Ministry of Education, after he scrutinized the textbooks of the "Educational Technical Cooperation Project in South Sudan" in March 2018.
"In South Sudan, babies are born every day. The education for these children cannot wait because education means peace," said Longolio.
In February 2016, at the request of the South Sudan government, the Chinese government initiated the China-aided Technical Cooperation Project of Education in South Sudan to help the government formulate a top-level design of education. It helped develop and compile textbooks of math, English and science for grade one and train school management staff and teachers.
The project was completed in September 2018 and has contributed to improving the nation's basic education level and promoted friendship between the peoples of the two countries.