A key component of the GESS programme is to encourage enrolment and retention of girls by providing cash transfers to girls in education. Cash transfers are direct payments made to girls enrolled in and regularly attending school. They will encourage girls to enrol in and attend school, help them to buy things they need in order to attend school, and contribute to poverty reduction in the family and the community.
Why provide cash transfers to girls and their families?
During our consultations with girls, families, communities and government officials, poverty was cited as a principal barrier to girls’ education. In South Sudan, only just over 10% of school-age girls start primary school at the correct age and, of those, the majority will not complete their education. Between P6 and S4, approximately 25% of girls in South Sudan either drop out of school or have to repeat one or more years. The majority of girls who start primary school will not complete their full education. GESS cash transfers aim to remove the economic barrier to girls enrolling in school and staying in school. Cash transfers will enable families to send girls to school, by offsetting some of the direct and indirect cost barriers to education, which can be the most prohibitive factors to the enrolment and retention of girls.
Who is eligible for cash transfers?
All girls in the eligible year groups of P5 to S4 from 2014 onwards enrolled in and regularly attending any not-for-profit school, i.e. government, community and faith-based schools. At the end of five years, the programme aims to have reached 200,000 individual girls.
What are the requirements for receiving a cash transfer?
Payments will be made conditional on enrolment and attendance recorded on Ana Fi Inni, the South Sudan School Attendance and Monitoring System (SSSAMS). Recipients will need to submit the Cash Transfer Enrolment Form (CTEF) and another form of identification such as a nationality identity card or passport, or a simple letter from their Boma Chief in case they do not possess a formal ID.
How much will each girl/family receive?
Each girl will receive 125 SSP. Girls who are 18 and over will receive transfers directly. For girls under 18, transfers will be paid to a named female guardian (preferably a female relative).
How will payments be executed?
Girls and families living in urban areas receive cash directly from a bank branch. Girls and families living in rural areas receive cash at school. Cash is paid into the schools’ bank account. School staff access the money and pay it out to girls at school.
When will payments be made?
In 2014, the first cash transfers will be made in late June and disbursements will continue as schools’ enrolment lists and supporting documents are approved by the MoEST Approvals Committee each succeeding month. In future years, cash transfers will be disbursed earlier in the school year, so that girls have their money early, to offset costs of getting ready for the school year.
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