Schools in South Sudan reopened countrywide after having been closed for more than a year to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country’s Minister of General Education and Instruction Awut deng Achuil made the announcement on Monday in the capital, Juba.
Achuil “urged parents to encourage their children to go back to school” reported privately owned Radio Tamazuj.
The UN’s children’s agency Unicef said it was committed to working with the country’s education ministry “to ensure learning continues”.
“We share in the excitement of the children, their teachers & the parents that finally the doors of our schools can reopen for children to learn, play and enjoy their right to safe education,” said Unicef on Twitter.