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The plight of young South Sudanese students on scholarship program in Egypt

Posted: September 30, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Why the Egyptian scholarship program has turned many young South Sudanese youth to the life of thuggery and violent crimes and hopelessness

By Elijah Achiek Panchol, Cairo, Egypt

Sunday, September 30, 2018 (PW) — It was once said by Dr. Seuss the Lorex,”Unless someone like you cares a whole awful a lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” Therefore, I have chosen to talk on behalf of all the silent students in the Arab Republic of Egypt. It will be so scandalous for some tenderhearted South Sudanese to learn about the painful story of the suffering that the young South Sudanese searching for the quality education in Egyptian Universities are going through. Egypt, being one of the developed countries in the African continent, has got a strong tertiary educational system thus, making it one of the best countries to study in. Year after year, the Egyptian government releases a good number of scholarship positions in which majority go to mainly the Nile Basin Countries and the rest to the countries with good bilateral relationships with her.

The whole scenario started eight years ago when the Egyptian government pledged to be offering the young independent nation of South Sudan 250 scholarship positions every year, which was a good news for all young South Sudanese. However, the agreement was that the Egyptian government was to be accountable for tuition fees, and be paying $50 as pocket money. The South Sudanese government was to be catering for students’ accommodation which was supposed to be $150 for those living in the hostel and $200 for those renting outside the hostel. Unfortunately, in the year 2014, the government overdue the payment of stipends in which the then students protested. As the students were protesting, their demand was the immediate payment of their grants. (more…)