Education helps build nations - our work in South Sudan focuses on keeping girls in school and empowering women to improve their financial futures.
- Our office: Juba
- Our areas of focus: girls' education, health, the rights of girls and women, economic empowerment, non-violent conflict resolution
- Our partners: European Union, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Global Affairs Canada, Girls' Education South Sudan consortium (Mott McDonald, Leonard Cheshire, Montrose, Windle Trust International)
About our work
BBC Media Action began working in South Sudan in the lead-up to its historic 2011 independence referendum, training journalists to provide impartial coverage and help audiences exercise their voting rights. Since then, our work has expanded to support one of the world’s youngest countries on its journey towards sustainable development.
Upon independence, South Sudan had the highest maternal mortality rates in the world – with people either distrustful of, or lacking basic knowledge about, health care. Our two national multi-language radio shows, magazine-style Our Tukul and drama Life in Lulu, helped listeners improve their knowledge of maternal and child health and adopt healthier behaviours to protect the lives of mothers and newborns. Life in Lulu has now shifted to address resolving conflict without violence, and recent research indicates the show is opening these discussions in the community.
Our radio show Building Futures has helped to address negative perceptions around vocational education and training programmes, and encouraged women to enrol, by sharing success stories of young people who have found jobs thanks to the practical skills acquired on these courses.
Our popular weekly radio show, Our School, produced as part of our work with Girls' Education South Sudan, reaches almost 2 million loyal listeners with engaging content about the importance of girls’ education. Girls’ voices are at the heart of the programme, which helps parents and communities overcome the additional challenges girls face to achieving basic education.
And, as part of our drive to amplify women’s voices, in 2020 we launched an exciting new factual radio programme, Let’s Talk About Us, to build understanding about sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls, and tackle harmful norms and taboos.
All our shows are produced in partnership with local broadcasters, part of our commitment to strengthening South Sudan’s local media during ongoing conflict and instability.
Latest newsRead more blogs from Africa
- Building futures in South SudanHow youth-focused radio programme Building Futures challenged negative perceptions around technical vocational education and training (TVET) and offered young people advice about looking for jobs and starting their own businesses.
- How radio helps girls to stay in schoolIn this article, we look at how radio is encouraging girls to continue their education.
- Read more South Sudan blogsBBC Media Action blog
Our projects in South Sudan
- Our School: inspiring brighter futures for girls in South SudanA radio and outreach project aims to raise awareness of the importance of education for girls in South Sudan.
- A home for health discussion in South SudanA radio show named after a traditional mud house aims to improve reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health.
- Saving the lives of mothers and babies in South SudanA radio drama based in a rural village explores what people can do to stop the preventable deaths of mother and babies in the country with the highest maternal mortality rate in the world.
- Building futures in South SudanYouth-focused radio programme Building Futures challenged negative perceptions of technical vocational education and training, and provided young people advice about job searching and starting their own businesses.
Our insight and impactUse our research library
- Research briefing: How can radio drama shift peoples’ perceptions around violence and support women to resolve disputes?This research briefing takes a look at how gender norms have been addressed through Life in Lulu, BBC Media Action's radio drama in South Sudan.
- Research summary: Using drama to encourage non-violent conflict resolution in South SudanInsights from mixed methods research evaluating our peacebuilding radio drama series, Life in Lulu, in South Sudan.
- Research summary: What role can radio play to support girls’ education in South Sudan?A research summary presenting findings from our girls' education project in South Sudan. Published October 2018.
- Research report: Improving maternal and child health through media in South Sudan: final evaluationWe evaluate the impact of radio in supporting improved reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health (RMNCH) in South Sudan.
Past projects and resources
- Training journalists in South SudanIn 2010-11, BBC Media Action supported over 200 journalists to report on events in the lead-up to South Sudan's referendum on independence, in an accurate, balanced way.