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Cattle culture and cattle camps play a significant role among many tribes in South Sudan, as the country boasts one of the largest livestock herding populations in Africa. Understanding the dynamics and inner workings of the cattle camps can help to better inform and foster inclusion for the development of this new nation. Youth are highly utilized among these communities in the daily workings of the cattle camps, making it difficult for many children and young adults to achieve a developed education. The International Labour Organisation worked to address both the child labour and educational aspect of this in pastoralist communities in South Sudan.


Study on Child Labour & Education in Pastoralist Communities

International Labour Organization

June 2013 - July 2013

What Forcier Did:

Forcier was commissioned by the International Labour Organisation to assess multiple dimensions of child labour in South Sudanese pastoralist communities. Forcier identified the extent of pastoralist children’s participation in schooling, the magnitude and nature of child labour with respect to herding of livestock, the different hazards associated with child labour, and the attitudes and perceptions of children, youth, and their parents on education and child labour. Forcier approached this study through randomized surveys with respondents including children and adults, and interviews and focus group discussions. A final report was produced, detailing the in-depth research conducted as well as recommendations to reduce child labour in pastoralist communities and increase both formal and informal education in South Sudan.

Population Interviewed:

In total, more than 380 individuals from the study areas were interviewed in targeted South Sudanese pastoralist communities in the former Unity, Lakes, and Central Equatoria States. The qualitative survey component included both Focus Groups Discussions and Key Informant Interviews. The 14 Focus Group Discussions were held with 40 children and 50 young adults in each of the three study sites and an additional 40 interviews were conducted with adults.

Methodological Summary


Total individuals interviewed


Key Informant Interviews conducted with parents and key stake holders


Focus Group Disscussions conducted with youth


Targeted study sites of Unity, Lakes, and Central Equatoria

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