Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

By Muon Matai Muon, Nairobi, Kenya


Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (PW) —- “If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents” there goes a conventional African proverb. In recent decades, Africa’s educational landscape has been minimally covered or worse, largely ignored. That is the best case scenario. The worst case has been that those who take the bull by the horns come not from within but outside our map. Throughout time and space, there has not been a visitor who could solve a domestic problem.

A good visitor would recommend a solution. If the victim does not take it head on, they move to other areas, say polio eradication, malarial war, climate change you mention it. With no body taking charge in fixing our education, a great deal of humanitarian work shifts gears to other “critical issues” facing the continent. Abject poverty, dilapidating health care, civil wars, environmental conservation, the list goes on. Billions of dollars in aid has been injected into these ‘critical areas” over the years.

While a significant effort has been made in transforming the continent’s education, the alarm is ringing and Africa’s education skeleton is, borrowing a line from one African analyst a “time ticking bomb.” Africa’s educational statistics remains a big concern to the continent but more so, to the outside world where the mother continent finds refuge. (more…)

South Sudan: from Lost Boys to leaders — REPORT from Jesuit Refugee Service

JRS scholars - This group of men are former refugees assisted by JRS in the 80s and 90s while they were in exile in Kakuma. Many were resettled or went on to attain higher education in Kenya. They have now returned to their home country to contribute back to society. (Angela Wells / Jesuit Refugee Service)

This group of men are former refugees assisted by JRS in the 80s and 90s while they were in exile in Kakuma. Many were resettled or went on to attain higher education in Kenya. They have now returned to their home country to contribute back to society. (Angela Wells / Jesuit Refugee Service)

Juba, 8 January 2016 – In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, more than 20,000 boys and girls who fled Sudan’s second civil war lost their families along the way. For years the international community has called them the “Lost Boys”, but today they are no longer boys nor are they lost.

They are remarkable men and women, many of whom have returned home as skilled professionals to build South Sudan from the ground up.

As children, the “Lost Boys” struggled to survive – many falling sick or becoming victims of war. Most were recruited to fight as child soldiers. The fortunate few made it to Kakuma refugee camp in northeastern Kenya, first established in 1992 to house Sudanese refugees.

From 1995 until the mid-2000s, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) offered scholarships for hundreds of unaccompanied minors to attend local secondary schools.

In addition to empowering the students themselves, the scholarship programme also raised the standard of education in the camp, says Sister Maureen Limer, the then-JRS Kakuma Education Scholarship Coordinator who helped launch the programme. (more…)

By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan


January 30, 2018 (SSB) — Thank you, Professor Muludiang for having come out clearly against fake degrees. This situation of admission for degrees without the prescribed preconditions are destroying not only Zimbabwe but also our country. The truth of the matter as you clearly and succinctly stated is that this woman has never set foot on the campus of any University.

It was Mugabe, her husband, who awarded her with a PhD without having had to go through the normal academic way of earning a Doctorate of Philosophy.  Close home, some of our people have also set to obtain degrees as if the knowledge was in having a Master’s or a PhD degree.


By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

girl child education

Let’s educate our girls

January 24, 2018 (SSB) — In most traditional South Sudanese families, a girl’s future was decided mainly by parents and male siblings. Boys enjoy some autonomy in making choices – from early sexual education to choosing a future wife and earning a living by any means (being cattle raiding, stealing from relatives, any coercive channels or through an honest accumulation of wealth like rearing cattle, tending a garden or hunting.)

In contrast, girls were strictly prohibited from unauthorized boyfriends, sexual partners, barred and highly restricted from engaging in activities that garner incomes and their future was nearly 90% determined by their fathers, brothers and other male relatives. Mothers also ensured their daughters follow community’s accepted norms. A girl who resisted this highly controlled life has to rebel. She was cursed, disowned and subjected to extreme conditions including punishments causing death. A good girl is that who does not have sex anyhow but wait until marriage. She can be a fool, arrogant but being a virgin was sure deal to brag about and place her at the top in the community.


Letter to Hon. Yien Oral Lam, minister for higher Education: Clarification of challenges facing South Sudanese students in Zimbabwe

By Eng Maker Makur, GWERU, Zimbabwe

Naath university students in Uganda organize a Farewell party for 2016, 2017 Graduates

January 6, 2018 (SSB) — On behalf of students in Zimbabwe and my own behalf, I would like to clarify and explain fully the position taken by South Sudanese students from 4 Universities of Midlands State University, Great Zimbabwe University, Chinhoyi University of Technology and Harare Institutes of Technology on the issue pertaining to our tuition, residents and feeding fees.

It was in February 2015 we arrived to Zimbabwe’s Universities mentioned above and National University of Science & Technology included on government scholarship. The government of South Sudan has been doing well until 2016 when some delayed of fees payment occurred which mostly affected students from 2 Universities of National University of Science & Technology and Harare Institutes of Technology while the other three Universities are cooperating well with their students in terms of service provision and lectures on the same note.


By Longar Mathiec Wol, Juba, South Sudan


December 12, 2017 (SSB) — As the national dialogue kick off and the nation working toward unifying and stabilizing the peace thirsty nation through people to people consultation where people continue to give their views on how the current crisis in the country could be resolved once and for all. Personally, I think the efforts worth it; though the country still bleeding and the level of excruciation reached its climax still the peace loving South Sudanese believe peace is attainable even if it’s taking longer to come.

These peace lovers believe that all the sources should be exhausted no stone should be left unturned till the peace is achieved. The race toward saving South Sudan should be through multi-avenues efforts not only political means; but also social means through education as the alternative that could bring peace in the country.

However, as people trying to find the root cause of the conflict and how to address them. In some circumstances, people believe that one cause of the conflict is the ethnic isolation. This isolation happened when the people confined themselves only in the places where they were born and their ethnophobia and negative perception toward other ethnic continues to grow stronger and persist.


Here are the top South Sudanese students in Kenya who scored above 400 marks for the 2017 KCPE results. Nine (9) girls to eight (8) boys. GIRL POWER in action.



  1. Jonathan Kiri Lomole (M) scored 435 out of 500
  2. Abuk Nyang Deng (F) scored 431 out of 500
  3. Winnie Arek Garang (F) scored 429 out of 500
  4. Ngor Deng Ngor (M) scored 428 out 500.
  5. Samuel Chirbek Manyang (M) scored 428 out of 500
  6. Nyankiir Ezra Majok Chol (F) scored 424 out of 500
  7. Nyanut Maluach Kuot (F) scored 421 out of 500.
  8. Stephen Lotiam (M) scored 418 out of 500
  9. Abuk Gabriel Jok Riak (F) scored 417 out of 500.
  10. Abuk Jeremiah Deng Akol (F) scored 416 out of 500.
  11. Adut Philip Aguer Panyang (F) scored 415 out of 500
  12. Nyanwut Lem Chan (F) scored 413 out of 500
  13. Rhoda Kwong Dhanier (F) scored 413 out of 500
  14. Magot Thuch Ayii (M) scored 413 out of 500.
  15. Wei John Thokwath (M) scored 412 out of 500.
  16. Gieu Yiik Ajak (M) scored 412 out of 500
  17. Liol Madhang Majok (M) scored 410 out of 500


Abuk Nyang Deng

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By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan


November 6, 2017 (SSB) — School is an institution of formal education and instruction, education in South Sudan which was Southern region and later become Southern Sudan after the signing of CPA in 2005 was delivered to the learners in most of the bush schools.

Two years later after the Independence of South Sudan on 9th July 2011 educational process has been on the unhinged scale due to the number of uncertainties inflicted on people by internal and external antagonism particularly during the longest civil war that was fought between SPLM/A and (NIF; National Congress Party/NCP).

Merely a great number of schools in the former Southern region of Sudan were established during the Southern Regional Administration of (1972-81).


By Ustaz John Garang Ayii Riak, Bor, South Sudan


November 3, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudan as an independent Country is trying to develop her education system since the time of signing CPA in 2005 up to now in order to have its own recognized education system likes any other country in the world, but there are many factors that affecting the education development as below;

The big problem in the education system is the investment of little money in the education sector; since investing in education involves policy choices with financial disciplines; our government has been allocating insufficient money to the education sector. There is a serious need to invest a lot of funds in the education department in order to speed up the development of our national education system, today the money given to the education sector is too inadequate to match the education demands, such as teachers’ salary, plus other allowances e.g. house, chalk, dressing, medical, feed, accommodation, and transportation allowances that is why you have heard the on-going Jonglei State Teachers striking demanding housing allowances, salary increment, and promotion before resuming their duties. 

They are supposed to be given allowances because the work they are doing is too much, but they are receiving less compare to their task, while others who are doing less are receiving more money. Eventually, a teacher cannot go to a classroom when a stomach is empty or wearing old clothes and torn shoes, Teacher can teach well when his or her personal needs are made. I must reveal this bad news to the public that government schools will collapse sooner or later, if we don’t put more attention in an allocation of funds into education sector more teachers from the few we have, will desert their teaching professions to join either private schools or NGOs based on the above-mentioned factors.


By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

young girl with a gun

A young lady with a gun on guard during Governor Philip Aguer visit to Anyidi payam, Bor County, Jan 2016

November 1, 2017 (SSB) — This week, primary students in Kenya and Uganda are sitting their final exams. And I would like to take this opportunity to wish all South Sudanese students success. This is a very important step in their academic lives – and more significantly, for girls.

I’m singling out girls because we, the South Sudanese, have fewer girls completing primary education in our country than boys. However, our children in Kenya and Uganda have better opportunities – and it appears all children – irrespective of their gender, are completing primary education in Ugandan and Kenyan towns. (Most children in refugees’ camps have limited opportunities – and girls are so disadvantaged in the camps).

Statistics from UN Agencies have it that most South Sudanese girls are more likely to die from childbirth than completing primary education. This is a disturbing but not a surprising assessment because parents do not take girl child education as a basic requirement for children upbringing.


By Dr. Wal Duany
Joint Ph.D. Program of the Department of Political Science
and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

Neither Palaces nor Prisons: The Constitution of Order among the Nuer, a PhD dissertation by Dr. Michael Wal Duany, Indiana University, USA (PDF)


The #50Power# Initiative by Amer Mayen Dhieu

Posted: July 27, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Amer Mayen, Education, Junub Sudan, Press Release

Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia


July 2017 (SSB) —- My name is Amer Mayen Dhieu, A South Sudanese-Australian residing in Australia. Growing up in three different countries has been a marvelous experience that has helped me to acquire a new purpose in life.

My daily inspirations are my mother and myself and my personal life’s goal is to grow wiser and help share the knowledge with those in need.

I have deep passion for girls’ education and I have involved myself advocating for it. My biggest achievement so far is finding my voice and confident to stand strong in the face of all odds.

I am keen to share this with most, if not all, young women out there to help shape the future for upcoming generations of women.


By Mabil Manyok Nhial, Juba, South Sudan


The true size of Africa

July 10, 2017 (SSB) — “Language and its relationship to development theory are estranged in the sea of discourse discussing the best route for Africa’s poverty amelioration,” echoed Adham Hanafi. Rhapsodies of evidence show that language policies in Africa are greatly characterised by the domineering tendencies of the ex-colonial languages as official ones in political, economic arenas as well as national communications. Looking at the notion of a language adoption, one has to delve into development, democracy and unity in diversity.

It is indubitably clear that South Sudan was admitted to the East African Community in March 2016 and was indeed warmly received as an official member in September of the mentioned year soon after ratifying the instrument of the Community. As a member of the East African Community, it is obligated to meet the requirements as per the guiding statute.

Therefore, South Sudan as a new member should adopt Kiswahili to be used as the national language as well as in dealing with other imminent regional issues as English remains the official language to boost international relations with Anglophones.


Mabior Atem Kuir

David Mabior Atem Kuir

The Menno Simon College/CMU’s Administration;

UW’s Registrar;

Graduates Class of 2017;

Graduate’s parents, relatives, guardians & friends

Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon;

July 5, 2017 (SSB) — First, I would like to express how profoundly honored I am to be given the Menno Simon College 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. This Award has a special meaning for me as a graduate of this institution. It also has a special meaning for me as a former South Sudanese child solider who spent my childhood in the bushes carrying around an AK47 that was taller than me. As a former child solider, I have come a very long way both in life and career.

In life, I had endured untold history and suffering. I had escaped injustice in search for better opportunity. Lack of opportunity in South Sudan has resulted in what international humanitarian organizations call a “lost generation” that lacks educational opportunities, access to basic health care services and prospects for productive employment in the small and weak economies.


By Ustaz Abraham Mabior Rioc, Juba, South Sudan


July 3, 2017 (SSB) — In the world over, education is an important tool to transform the nation into a democratic social order. This process of democratization does not come out of blue but it is achieved through the provision of quality education for all. As such, education remains a valid tool that produces informed citizens who can peacefully exercise their democratic rights in a democratic atmosphere that results into a democratic nation-state.

In the old and modern era, many people, both old and young, have been embracing education for years in order to create for them a fair and a conducive environment for democratic processes and peaceful coexistence among the citizens of a given country. This implies that education creates in people a non-threatening environment which is protective and secure for all the citizens from all works of life.


The ideal aims of education are to transform the country politically, economically, and socially for the common good of all.

By Ustaz Abraham Mabior Rioc, Juba, South Sudan


April 12, 2017 (SSB) — All over the world, the aims of education try to spell out what exactly the nation intends to achieve through its structured education system. In the light of this, education remains an important tool which has multifaceted purposes that can transform the society and its entire citizens.

This is so because education has multiple purposes which can contribute to the survival of man and its surrounding environment. Farrant (1964) points out that “educational aims can be perceived at different levels and considered in terms of personal development including intellectual and spiritual growth, vocational preparation in terms of necessary practical skills and character qualities, and social training in which young people are initiated into society at local and national levels.”

This is very true and can lead us to believe that the most compelling evidence of education is that its development begins from individual, society, and the nation levels with more emphasis on the spiritual, intellectual, and social-well-being.


By Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch, Bor, South Sudan

education in afrika

March 4, 2017 (SSB) —- In my pervious article I suggest that students should be encouraged to select their field of study in order to get a high salary job.

And now I’m asking the South Sudanese educational institutions to dissuade students from pursuing fields of study in which they are unlikely to succeed.

According to my understanding students go to school to learn and prepare for their future careers.

It is the educational institution’s responsibility to teach, equip and prepare their students for their future by providing them with the appropriate knowledge they will need.

But is it the Institutions’ responsibility or call to dissuade their students from pursuing the field of study which they think they will unlikely succeeds? The answer to this question is no, the educational institution is not in position to do it.


Let’s support girl-child education: A South Sudanese girl shines in the Ugandan 2016 PLE results

Authored by Dr Isaac Ayii Ayii (PhD), Juba, South Sudan

Akech Wol Ayii Madut

Akech Wol Ayii Madut: 2016 PLE RESULT: MTC-95, ENG-85, SST-97, SCI-83, CRE-89

February 12, 2017 (SSB) — In South Sudan particularly among the cattle keepers, girls are seen as wealth through acquisition of bride price popularly known as dowry paid after the girl by the boy’s family, however, the culture and belief need to change so that, we value our sisters and daughters the same way we value our brothers and sons in term of education which is an ingredient needed for development of human kind irrespective of gender.

Hence, girl education is incumbent upon us to ensure recruitment, retention and completion of educational goals for each child be it a girl or a boy although others see girl education as a waste with the belief that she would be married off to a distance family or any other reasons.


“Give someone a fish and you would have fed them for a day, teach someone how to fish and you would have fed them for a life time.”

By Program Team, TEGSPteg-scholarship-program

January 10, 2017 (SSB) —- For the academic year 2016-2017, seventy two (72) girl-child students sat for their KCPE. Of the 72 girls, 12 had 300 marks and above; the top four girls were given the scholarship.

On behalf of team Twic East Girls scholarship Program, we are pleased to announce the four winners of TEGSP scholarship for the academic Year 2016-2017 as follows:

  1. Achol Goch Ayiik
  2. Achol Nhial Garang
  3. Aluel Kuer Ayual
  4. Nyankiir Bior Ajang

TEGSP would like to take this opportunity to make a note of how proud we are to award these fantastic four girls for their academic excellence and determination. We hope this scholarship will open the gateways to their brightest future.

This brings the number of our scholars to eight (8) in total. During the last academic year 2015-2016, we sponsored the following four scholars:

  1. Achuei Arok Gak
  2. Sarah Nyibol Deng
  3. Agau Aguer Bior
  4. Athiei Angok Bul


The detention of striking teachers and their subsequent short-term imprisonment in Jonglei State is an alibi of denying children their educational right

By Zhiew Chol, Bor, Jonglei State

December 10, 2016 (SSB) — To begin as quoted by John F. Kennedy; the knowledge that the physical well-being of the citizen is an important foundation for the vigour and vitality of all the activities of the nation

The quality of our children is determined by three people in a lawful environment i.e. Father, mother and a good school teacher and not by the government at all. But I wonder in this state where the responsibilities are imposed by ranks, privileges and good fortune can become very onerous indeed. There are people who are acting in amala-fide manner instead of thinking about societal future.

The appointment of Jonglei state governor was celebrated hoping that there would be a change. Even if there is no change in development as per now, at least there should be a change of attitude and approach to the welfare of state’s citizens.