Sibeso Luswata

After leaving CIE, Sibeso began working with UNICEF, first in South Africa and then in Uganda.  She then became the Chief of Education for South Sudan and was charged with leading the process of reconstruction and transformation of education in South Sudan.  She held that position from 2005 to 2011.  From 2009 until 2014 she worked with UNICEF in Ethiopia.


DRE met with Sibeso at a meeting of the Education Rehabilitation and Development Forum held in Juba, Southern Sudan in June 2006. Sibeso was the Chief of Education for UNICEF in southern Sudan. She was based in Juba but spent much of her time traveling. She supported the Government of Southern Sudan in launching the “Go to School” national campaign on April 1st that marked the start of the new school year using a unified calendar for all of Southern Sudan. She travels and works with all 10 states in the Southern Sudan, doing coordination and helping to oversee the distribution of texts, exercise books and pens for pupils in lower primary


During her career Sibeso has publish a number of documents and reports related to education in Africa.  A few examples are below.  The complete list is available at World Catalogue.


Gender equality strategy: for the continental education strategy for Africa: 2016-2025. 2018


ASSP sourcebook on teaching and learning about the Commonwealth through social studies in Africa. 1987


A review of the curriculum development process for special education in Kenya : an evaluation report. 1983


After many years with UNICEF she retired in 2015, but continues to work as a consultant.  She now lives in Lusaka where she and Anne Sikwibele live in the same neighborhood and often cross paths.


In September of 2023 Sibeso participated in the Africa Wisdom Summit in Dar es Salaam.  The Meeting's theme was "survive, Strive, Thrive: Unlocking the African Mastermind" which aims to facilitate inter-generational conversations.  Sibeso was one of the 'elders' who were there to talk with the younger generation of leaders.  Sibeso had this to say about her experience. “It was a learning curve for the ‘elders’ too as we learned from the younger generation.  The beauty of inter-generational conversations by the fireplace is that one does not feel intimidated as we ‘learn how to live’ from each other.” [9-23]


In January 2024 Sibeso published a new book “Living for Posterity: My Remarkable African Mother” (published by WestBow Press) which chronicles the devoted life of a woman of faith who inspired her family and left legacy of eternal value on Earth. In her own words:


“This is a testimonial of my mother’s walk of faith and the impact she had on her generation and the generations to come. This is a story of a remarkable African woman with a rich legacy of love for her family, her community, her people, and all people. A woman who understood the value of shaping and protecting the destiny of generations after her.” [1-24]




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