Archive for the ‘Education’ Category


By Emmanuel Malual Makuach, Kenya

February 27, 2015 (SSB) —  Thousands of South Sudanese student in the North Rift Valley are gathered to listen to the education attaché at the South Sudan Embassy in Kenya, Madam Dicho Elizabeth Clement.

Madam Dicho wanted to acquaint herself with the challenges facing students in Kenya, particularly in the North Rift Valley region and part of western Kenya.

This is the first time since she took over that the students from various public and private universities has used the occasion to explain their challenges to her.

The students are also asking the government to assist those who are studying outside the country. They are requesting for financial assistance. Among the challenges students face are imposed conditions such as the 20 percent pay by foreign students in public universities and colleges in Kenya.

There is also the question about the money transfer systems, which delayed their school fees and therefore affect their studies every year. For example, some students are missing the semester because they have gone home to get school fees.

The students call upon the government to consider the policy of money transfer, arguing that the government and relevant authorities should priorities the educational needs of South Sudanese students in foreign countries.

The education attaché at the Embassy of South Sudan, Madam Dicho, assure the students of the commitment of the government, saying that she remains available for resolving or assisting in sorting out the students’ problem were necessary.

“We are available for advice and counseling, giving direction and other support that the office can afford,” she assured the students. She continued saying that the office is aware of the students issues that ranges from tuition fees, certificates authentication, need for guidance and counseling, and moral support.

“As far as certificates are concerned, we advise that any student that is ready to leave South Sudan to go to any country should observe to take note the following:  if you are primary leaver, make sure your certificates are stamped or verified by the central ministry of education science and technology and then authenticated by ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation in Juba, South Sudan.

Also if you have completed both primary and secondary schools, make sure the ministry of foreign affairs and international trade of the republic of Kenya and any other relevant concerned authority authenticate your certificate before you leave for another country to study, furthermore the office of education continuing advising the students to registered and joined recognized institutions mandated by the commission for higher education.

If you finish well, you are the human resources that the country South Sudan need. For the students’ financial support, we do not have any at the moment because the current political turmoil in our country makes our financial difficulties back home.

The Embassy encourages and requires that every South Sudanese students in Kenya to register with the embassy.  Therefore, we have a form for collecting the students’ data for Kenya; we would like to know how many you are here in Kenya. Thanks you.”

The opinion expressed here is solely the view of the writer. The veracity of any claim made are the responsibility of the author, not PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB) website. If you want to submit an opinion article or news analysis, please email it to paanluel2011@gmail.com. SSB do reserve the right to edit material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from.


The Cultures of Resistance Scholarships

Deadline: 20 March 2015

Thanks to a very generous philanthropic donation received from the Cultures of Resistance Network Foundation and the American Friends of SOAS (AFSOAS), a set of new postgraduate scholarships are now available at SOAS. That donation has been matched by an additional contribution from the SOAS Students’ Union to make up the Cultures of Resistance Scholarships at SOAS.

The scholarships will benefit people from countries that have been affected by wars and extreme poverty. This scholarship embodies the values of the Cultures of Resistance Network Foundation, which seeks to empower and enrich communities – especially those that have been affected by armed conflict – through the promotion of human rights, justice for victims of war crimes and the enrichment of civil society and robust grassroots democracy.

Security conditions permitting, scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply their knowledge and skills for the betterment of their societies. In the case of refugees or those fearing repression and censorship in their home countries, we expect that they will seek employment/work/study abroad toward the aim of improving the future of their home country and that of its citizens. We hope that scholarship recipients will pursue careers that, among other things, promote universal human rights, international law, equal justice for all and the enrichment of civil society and robust grassroots democracy.

Two Cultures of Resistance Scholarships will be available in 2015/16. Each scholarship is valued at £15,000 in total. Fees will be deducted from this amount and the remainder will be used toward maintenance.   In addition, each scholar will benefit from a 20% reduction in their tuition fees, from free accommodation at International Student House (ISH) and food vouchers to be spent in the ISH restaurant.

Eligible programmes

The following full-time programmes are eligible:

  • MSc Development Studies with special reference to Central Asia
  • MSc Globalisation and Development
  • MSc Migration, Mobility and Development
  • MSc Violence, Conflict and Development
  • MSc Development Economics
  • MSc Political Economy of Development
  • MA International and Comparative Legal Studies
  • MA Dispute and Conflict Resolution
  • MA Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
  • MA Human Rights Law
  • MA International Law
  • MA Law, Development and Globalisation
  • LLM Dispute and Conflict Resolution
  • LLM Environmental Law
  • LLM Human Rights, Conflict and Justice
  • LLM International Law
  • Part-time programmes are not eligible.

Candidate Criteria

Although priority will be given to students resident in Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Kashmir, Kurdistan, the Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza), Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tibet, Western Sahara, Yemen, West Papua and Papua, the scholarship programme is also open to students resident in the following countries/territories:

Algeria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bir Tawil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chechen Republic, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, East Timor, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Golan Heights, Georgia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  • Candidates must hold (or be expected to obtain) a good honours degree, preferably first class, from a UK institution or overseas equivalent.
  • Candidates should describe in their personal statement of their admission application:
  1. how the political situation in your home country, especially violent conflict, war, poverty, and/or military occupation, has shaped your experiences and ambitions in life.
  2. how these experiences have affected your interest in human rights, social justice, and grassroots democracy.
  3. what academic and social issues you plan to explore during your studies at SOAS.
  4. what you hope to do upon completion of your program at SOAS.
  5. what the most pressing problems are in your home country and how the pursuit of education at SOAS in your chosen field would promote human rights, social justice, equality, and the enrichment of civil society in your home country.
  • Candidates must have an offer of admission to pursue a full time eligible programme by the scholarship closing date.
  • Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2015.  If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.

Candidate Assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by an Advisory Panel, consisting of three academic members.
  • The assessment of your application will be based on the information provided in your scholarship application and in your on-line admission application for admission. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statement and other relevant information.
  • On your intention to pursue careers that, among other things, promote universal human rights, international law, equal justice for all, and the enrichment of civil society and robust grassroots democracy.

Scholarship Application Deadline

  • Scholarship Applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 20 March 2015.
  • You must submit a complete online application to your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship.  Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance.  Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Notifications of Results

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of July.  If you have not heard from us by the end of July, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.

Scholarship Application Procedures

You should follow two steps:

  • STEP 1Apply for your programme

You must submit a COMPLETE on-line application for admission.

Applicants must have an offer of admission to pursue one of the eligible programmes at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline. A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degrees obtained outside of the UK, two references, CV and a personal statement.  The panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with your on-line application for admission.  Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of the year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.

  • STEP 2: Apply for the scholarship

You must apply for this scholarship via the on-line scholarship application form.

For enquiries, please contact:

Scholarships Officer
Registry
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London
WC1H 0XG

Email: scholarships@soas.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5094/5091


The South Sudan University and College Students Union in Nakuru Elects New Board

By Anyuon-magedem

February 20, 2015 (SSB) —  Hundreds of universities/colleges students in Nakuru’s rift valley, gathered at city mission to select new leadership for the new term. The well and competitive arranged election was witnessed by Rev. Alier, the chairman for Eldoret’s students union Mr. Kuot Akech as well as the regional leaders from various communities in Nakuru.

The new elected chairperson Mr. Panom Kuol congratulated the students for their support to his bid and pledged to work for the unity for all irrespective of their ethnicity or rather where they came from. He said we are neither who we called ourselves (tribes) but students from south Sudan as a Nation.

The election which delayed amidst the current unrest of the ongoing war/conflicts back home, and which resulted to so many students being affected both financially or the other way round was a forum to remind one another on the issue of peace and brotherhood/sisterhood being the most elite citizens of the new nation.

One of the young orators whom the secretary of the election named the novelist and who later became the union’s secretary Mr. Tito Awen Bol, was able to remind the students to work extra harder for the benefit of their country. He was able to quote the former US president John F. Kennedy who once said, “Ask not what your country will do for you but also what you will do for your country”.

Mr. Anyar Deng who was the secretary for the election was not also left behind in nurturing in what best a wise saying meant for that kind of a function. He encourages the young leaders to be at the front always in quote to the former South Africa’s president Nelson Mandela who said he used to be at the back seated in time of happiness but was quick to take the front when it comes to fighting for the freedom of his people.

In conjunction to the entire south Sudanese students in Kenya, the angry students blamed the government of south Sudan for having ignored them and being able to eye on particular angles of helps.

They claimed the grant assistance which the government used to give to individual unions of the given countries e.g. Kenya and Uganda had been kind of the flowing one barrel of oil flowing to Khartoum.

This is to say that the grant assistance which was being received equally by the students in the Diaspora has been channeled to the benefits of few in the name of being affected by the war. “This is being a clear discrimination by the government because each an every one of us here is affected in one way or the other by that war”. One of the students uttered.

The function ended at 5pm with the messages of congratulations and kudos to those who won by the former chair marking the adjournment with the word of God by the pastor.

You can reach , Anyuon-magedem e-mail; degombaarok@gmail.com/degombaarok@yahoo.com.

The opinion expressed here is solely the view of the writer. The veracity of any claim made are the responsibility of the author, not PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB) website. If you want to submit an opinion article or news analysis, please email it to paanluel2011@gmail.com. SSB do reserve the right to edit material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from

KASNEB professional exams and training in Juba

Posted: December 9, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Economy, Education

  1. Introduction

KASNEB was established by the Government of Kenya on 24 July 1969. The Accountants Act, Cap 531 of the Laws of Kenya, which was enacted in July 1977, gave KASNEB retroactive   recognition since its inception in 1969. – See http://www.kasneb.or.ke/

KASNEB is mandated by various regulations in Kenya for training in various professional courses that provide successful candidates clear professional path in the region and the World.

In Kenya, it is a tool that professionals differentiate themselves from amorphous academic folks. KASNEB certifications are ticket to clear path to practice and consult. All financial positions today require either a Certified Public Accountant; Financial Analysts required Certified Securities and Investment Analysts and so do other professional careers.

As part of improving financial literacy, KASNEB made arrangements with Juba University for providing training to KASNEB students. However, that seems to be off – track as JU lack lecturers and qualified people to facilitating the training to enable students passed usual high-end examination offer by KASNEB.

It is only tested people; and who appreciate the content and extend of the exams that can offer reliable and dependable training that will match the standard required by KASNEB for its professional training.

In this regards, we approached KASNEB to be a credited as training; and facilitating institutions with regards to its exams. KASNEB acknowledged that though today, exams are administered at Kenya embassy in South Sudan, this is not sustainable and they looking forward to a more sustainable methodology.

We presented to KASNEB, The Dream College of Professional and Development Studies as panacea to training opportunities and challenges in South Sudan.

The Dream College of Professional and Development Studies will train, facilitate, and provide South Sudan perspective to examination and marking. We have contacted KASNEB and KASNEB is willing to go extra mile to give South Sudanese opportunities for their professional growth.

KASNEB certifications are recognized World-wide and qualified students become members of various professional bodies. For details of courses provide, see http://www.kasneb.or.ke/

  1. Services

We have approached KASNEB, KASNEB agrees to accredit The Dream College to provide training, assess and recommend students for admission into KASNEB courses, facilitate fees payment, participate in exams setting and marking.

We are making contacts with various colleges and lecturers in Kenya with view to get materials and lecturers base on our students demand in South Sudan. All the ground work for the training is done.

We are currently calling upon students to send us their details – level they are currently studying; request for registration as students for next year exams or for student’s admission. Base on respond, we intend to offer classes in Juba for those planning to sit for June exams. Depending on the number, we can offer regular classes, materials or blocks when exams neared. Please confirm you needs so that we plan and respond to your needs accordingly.

  1. Actions

Please share this with your friends, go through KASNEB courses and let us know the courses you have register for or certification you want to do and let us know so that we facilitate your registration or provide materials as you may need.

These courses targets accountants, finance professionals, auditors, financial analysts, investment analysts, businessmen, companies’ secretaries, credit analysis and financial reporters. These people mostly worked in capital markets of Central Bank, Finance department of all institutions, Auditors, tax specialists in all institutions and public interested in financial literacy.

Please widely circulate to your friends, colleagues, and companies and confirm back your interest with necessary details the soonest so assistance.

Do not hustle, growth with knowledge, work for your future.

  1. Contacts

For all queries contact to our lead promoter

CPA Gabriel Garang – Certified Public Accountant, KASNEB; B.A (Economics) and MA – Economics Policy and Management and currently KASNEB’s student of Certified Securities and Investment Analysts

garangatemayiik@gmail.com

bwanagatem@yahoo.com

+211955115299

+211920012113

+254705148110

New Book: Christian Faith among the Jieeng

Posted: December 9, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Books, Education

Christian Faith among the Jieeng
The Shift in Values, the Stages of Faith, and the Cultural and Religious Experiences of Jieeng Believers in the Episcopal Diocese of Bor
by Nathaniel Athian Deng Mayen, BSW, Rev.

———–
In Christian Faith among the Jieeng, Rev. Nathaniel Athian Deng Mayen provides an insider’s perspective on the development of Christian faith among the Jieeng (Dinka). Based on his teaching and clergy experiences and observations, Rev. Athian discusses the stages of faith, the shift in values and beliefs, and the cultural and religious experiences of Jieeng believers in the Episcopal Diocese of Bor. The author maintains that the shift in Jieeng cultural values and the subsequent conversion to Christianity are a result of the believers’ experiences and encounters with God. God mysteriously reveals Himself to the animist believers and wins their hearts through miracles. Thus, the miracles reveal the powerlessness of the animist deities (jak) whom the believers consequently abandon and embrace Christianity. Christian Faith among the Jieeng is an introductory discussion that opens up conversations about Jieeng spirituality in the context of Christian faith. The book draws attention to cultural teachings about social relationships, youth responsibilities, women’s leadership, and the role of leaders in guiding the faith and behaviors of the believers. It also discuss the following questions. Is Christianity the existence of God or a colonial tool to disintegrate indigenous cultures and values among the Jieeng? Why is Christianity miraculously taking precedence over indigenous religions and animist worships? What happened after the Jieeng believers in the Episcopal Diocese of Bor preferably embraced Christianity and abandoned their animist deities and divinities?

Mandate of the people

Book Review By Reuben G. Panchol

“The ‘Youth’, used in a political context in Kenya, had little to do with a defined age group – it was rather anyone, usually unemployed, who was willing and capable and could be hired to do damage to an opposing group by means of hurling abuse, stone and others missiles at hand, as well as carry out other forms of political subversion” (Dr. Magaret A. Agola). Does this ring a bell to any of us? Yes, I am sure it does; especially in most if not in all the third world countries, particularly in Africa continent at large.

The Mandate of the People, by Dr. Margaret A. Ogola, was published by Focus Publisher Ltd in 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. ISBN: 9966-01-177-3. 168 pp. Personal Rating: 5 (outstanding). Amazon Digital Services, Inc. ASIN: B00F96ET0W. Kindle price is $ 5.99

Author’s Background

For few of us that were blessed and lucky enough to made it to Kenya in one piece regardless of all the odds the befall en of early 1990s had; especially those who had hearts and courage to go to school in the mighty sun of Turkana Land, you might be familiar with Dr. Margaret A. Ogola. Dr. Ogola was the Kenyan Author of The River and Source, I swear by Apollo and this very book Mandate of the People. Dr. Ogola earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 1984 from University of Nairobi and Post Graduate Diploma on Planning & Management of Development Projects from Catholic University of Eastern Africa in 2004. Her life was cut short by cancer in September 2011 (Daily Nation). Rest in Peace Dr. Ogola

Review

In this book Dr. Ogola presented very well a whole approach of African Politics, where by one-eye men among the blinds (the so-called politicians) claimed themselves to the messiah of their respective communities. People like of Gervase Kitamo Gwalla aka KG and JJ Sori have eroded the society to its core through corruption, egoism, and power hunger. Whenever, a messiah show up to save the powerless citizens and dig them out the poverty, they hunt him/her down like what King Herod to Jesus in New Testament. It is even worst when one is not a true son of the land. They start calling you names. When one insisted like Adam Leo Agade; they proceeded to a next level of malicious acts and find whatever main to do away with you and erased your deed in the mind of those poor citizens.

When it comes to politics, African intended to overshadow and underrate the power of the women. In this book power of women is real; it was through encouragement of Adam Leo Agade’s wife (Suzanna Talam – a lawyer by professional) that compelled him to go into politics in order to save the people of Migodi North constituency from the greedy politicians who had oppressed and switched off a light of hope for generations. For the wind of change (Pamoja Twaweza-‘Together we can’) to blow across Migodi land women like these of Bonareri Bikoti, Jamhuri Ewalan (aka Jamie), Anisa Mkubwa-Kisaka and Professor Josephine Kasina Sema, the winner of the Migodi South Parliamentary elections, and the rest of women who had gathered courage to come out to case theirs votes must stand still. These women over turned the table in the face of KG and Sori (Migodi North) and Haddai Kora (Migodi South). Change does not come generously; it takes the guts and one his/her commitment. No doubt such strong women exist in every community across the world.

Poverty will be of history and the most of African countries will witness democracy when their politicians start coming into politics to elevate the life of poor instead of ascending into power to enrich themselves and kinship. After Adam finished her education he starts a successful business and ventured into helping youth in the community to stand on their own feet by setting up Kenya Integrate Youth Organic Out-growers (KIYOO). Mr. Agade did not spend any shilling in term of bribing during his campaign trails; not because he can’t afford it but to show the migodian that they can survive on their own and do well in lieu of these selfish politicians; who always buy their ways into parliament and show up in community once after five years.

Dr. Ogola portrayed that women and young people at grass-root level the genuine agent of change in any community; especially when they are convinced and provided with true and achievable plans. In the book, Mr. Agade and Prof. Sema, saw this opportunity and picked up in order to save Migodian from evil rulers who have deceived them for long period of time. Young people and women are the experts drivers of true change, but one have to know how to press a right button on them in order to attain the change need in the society.

Despite all the roughness of the political roads in Migodi-Land, Mr. Agade (the son of Migodiian daughter) has successfully finished the racing line without bribing anyone within or outside the Migodi. The goal was achieved through help of women and young people at grass-root level. In my humble opinion, this book is a great asset for these who are interested in Political office and these who are inspired to see real changes in their respective communities, nations, social setting, and families. I would highly recommend all the readers to read this book and the other books that were written by Dr. Ogola.


By Morris Mabior Awikjokdit,

Early childhood education is an organized form of educational provision for children between the ages of 3 to 6 years old and there is a great need for the government of South Sudan to put much attention in the provision of pre- school across the ten states in the country. Such provision should be made in the form of pre- schools. Pre- schools perform their functions most effectively when they offer an informal type of social and educational experience to very young children, with much of the learning taking place through play. Pre- school learning is transitional between learning in the home and learning in the schools. South Sudan since the last concluded civil war that has resulted into hard won attainment of Independence dependent on foreign syllabuses beginning from unfix ladder right from primary, secondary to university level which is very difficult process in other advance nations like Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and so forth have well established ladder of educational system. Our country South Sudan as a young nation learning to walk need to copy and imitate from her sisterly countries any means possible to address education requirements.

The pre- school can never substitute for the home and it should never imitate the school. By providing children with a large circle of playmates and a wide range of supervision, play activities and learning experiences, pre- schools supplement the extensive learning that occurs in a child’s home and within the home environment. As children approach the age of school entry, their activities at pre- school maybe less spontaneous and more ordered, in preparation for life at school, but purposeful play will still be the main mode of learning. Our high government ranks and files assumed that taking their children to East Africa will bring home quality education but it will never bring any single gradual change as long as their expectations about their children is accomplished than there is no problem for the rest of the children from poor families background.

The significance of education at this level lies in the importance of early experiences in the development of a child’s social, physical, mental and emotional capabilities, and in the role that early childhood education can play in preparing children to adapt to the more formal learning atmosphere of the basic school. This initial education also helps to build up children ‘cultural capital’ and to compensate for disadvantages that they may bring from homes where few reading, writing or other education related materials are found.

At present only a small minority like Equatorians children of South Sudan’s are benefiting and able to profit from foreign education at this level. Up to this stage, they have any problem with both educations, health and physical development process accept some invisible part of the country and this can be digested by wise politicians and philosophers. This is because there are relatively few pre- schools. The majority of these are privately owned and operated though some are run by local councils. All aim to meet their costs through fees which few normal Southern households can afford. In addition most of the pre- schools are found in urban areas like Juba, Yei, Maridi, Wau, Kuajok, Tonj mission, Himango and other parts of the country respectively where the population is large enough to ensure their viability.

Although some rural pre- schools exist, they are few and far between. Because of the associated costs, very few poor children enjoy the benefits of education at this end like the author himself. Because of its urban concentration, it reaches very few rural children. The national ministry of education should encourage the establishment of programmes that support all round early childhood development in South Sudan, particularly those programmes intended for children living in rural and poor urban areas. Within the constraints of available resources it will work to this end with partner state ministries, counties and urban payams, local communities, non- governmental organizations, religious groups, families and individuals.

The Hon. Minister of education should also continue to dedicate some of its resources to this level of education through the training of pre- school teachers, cooperation in the monitoring of pre- school standards, assistance in curriculum formulation and the design of materials, and support for the development of policy guidelines. I am seeing that the ministry of education should recognizes that early childhood education is very beneficial for the development of the child and useful as a preparatory stage for entry into basic or primary school. However, because of the limitations of access, it will not establish pre- school as a condition of a country entering into another phase of civil war and political unrest.

Childhood education policy

The national ministry of education should acknowledge the important role of early childhood education in the multi- dimensional development of young children preparing them to primary education. Within the constraints of available resources the national ministry of education should encourage and facilitate the establishment of pre- school programmes that would reach out to all children especially to those living in rural and poor urban areas. The provision and funding of early childhood education will be the responsibility of councils, local communities, non- governmental organizations, private, individuals and families.

Strategies and mechanisms

The ministry should provide professional services to pre- school education by training teachers for pre- schools, developing curriculum materials for use in pre- schools, and maintaining standards at pre- schools. The ministry should collaborate with providers, partner ministries and others to develop policy guidelines for pre- school and early childhood education.