One of the GESS implementing partners, BBC Media Action, produces a radio programme titled Our School, which has been broadcast weekly across South Sudan since April 2014, and is now broadcasting on 25 local radio stations and 2 National Stations.

The programme is researched, recorded and edited by South Sudanese journalists, in eight South Sudanese languages: Juba Arabic, Madi, Dinka, Arabic, Bari, Lotohu, Zande and Nuer. Each 15 minute episode features real-life stories recorded in seven states, usually with girls, parents, and school staff.

Our School highlights the benefits of girls staying in school, and offers advice on solving practical challenges such as travelling to school safely and budgeting for school fees. Interviewees act as role models who explain why education is important to them, and how they overcome obstacles.

The radio programme also acts as an interactive feedback platform, with presenters inviting listeners to send text messages and call into open phone-line discussions to discuss their own education experiences.

Download the GESS Radio Programmes Schedule April 2016.

Listen to the episodes and read the English scripts below. Each episode is uploaded in one language only, but all other languages are available upon request:

  1. Benefits of Education (Arabic), Central Equatoria State (CES – Benefits of Education script – English ):

  2. Budgeting for Education (Arabic), Western Bahr el Ghazal State (Budgeting for Education – script (English)):

  3. Journey to School (Dinka), Northern Bahr el Ghazal State (NBG – Journey to School – English):
  4. Female Teachers (Zande), Western Equatoria (WES – Female Teachers – English script):

  5. Capitation Grants (Madi), Eastern Equatoria (EES – Capitation Grants – English script):

  6. Domestic Houseworkers (Madi), Eastern Equatoria (EES – Domestic Houseworkers – English script):
  7. Family Support (Zande), Western Equatoria (WES – Family Support – English Script):

  8. Girls’ Club (Dinka), Northerm Bahr el Ghazal (NBG – Girls’ Club – English Script):
  9. What makes a good teacher (Dinka), Warrap (Warrap – What makes a good teacher – English Script) :

  10. Inclusive Schools (Arabic), Central Equatoria (CES – Inclusive School – English Script):

  11. Cash Transfer (Dinka), Warrap (Warrap – Cash Transfer – English Script):

  12. PTA (Madi), Eastern Equatoria State (EES – PTA – English Script)

  13. Community School (Dinka) Lakes (Lakes – Community School – English script)
  14. Young Mothers (Zandi) Western Equatoria State (WES – Young Mothers – English Script)

  15. Saying no to boys (Dinka) Warrap (Warrap – Saying no to boys – English script)

  16. Corporal Punishment (Arabic) Central Equatoria (CES – Corporal Punishment – English Script)

  17. Capitation Grant Follow-up (Dinka) Lakes (Lakes – Capitation Grant Follow-up – English Script)

  18. Ban on mobile phone use (Dinka) Northern Bahr el Ghazal (NBG – Ban on mobile phone use – English Script)

  19. Returning to school after failing an exam (Madi) Eastern Equatoria (EES – Returning to school after failing an exam – English Script)

  20. Age for girls to start primary school (Lotuko) Eastern Equatoria (Age for girls to start school – English Script)

Emergency Programmes in Nuer:
Listen to the Emergency Programmes in Nuer and read the English Script.

  1. Programme 1 (English Script):
  2. Programme 2 (English Script):
  3. Programme 3 (English Script)