Archive for the ‘Education’ Category


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.

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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.

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“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

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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.

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By John A. Akec, Juba, South Sudan

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President Kiir at the 18th graduation ceremony of the university of Juba, April 2015

UNIVERITIES AND NATION-BUILDING

October 26, 2016 (SSB) — “Before going to war, Haifa must speak”, Israeli politicians are apt to telling their audience. This is specially so, when showcasing the importance their nation attaches to universities and centres of knowledge and research. The University of Haifa, a flag bearer on national security issues, is one such institution reference is made to when making important decisions central to their nation’s security and its citizens’ wellbeing. Surrounded by innumerable challenges since its inception, Israel has built top notch and highly specialized universities such as Haifa for security studies, Hebrew for agriculture, Ben-Gurion for water and desert research, Technion and Tel Aviv for science and technology, among others. These universities allow the Jewish nation to effect socio-economic advancement in a region where land is limited, water scarce, and security a nagging concern at all times.

Not only Israel, but its powerful Arab neighbour, Egypt, is using its top ranking universities such as Cairo and Alexandria to develop technologies that would allow expansion of agriculture into its deserts as well as harnessing technologies that optimize water reuse. These are strategic concerns that will occupy Egypt’s policy-makers for generations to come. And their universities are well equipped to give answers which will enhance the quality of decisions being made along the road.

And the world over, all seem to agree that no country can develop or compete in the global marketplace without establishing universities that provide quality education to its youth and conduct research that informs national policies and drives innovation. However, in South Sudan, we still have a long way to go in order to reflect in our national budgets the important mandate placed on universities as generators of knowledge necessary for our socio-economic development.

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By Joe Mabor, Malaysia

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October 22, 2016 (SSB) — What attitude do you have towards reading? Do you want to be successful in university or life in general? Although a few people find pleasure in reading, many take it as a burden and never dare to read at their will. But do you know what reading can do for you? Though many of us know that reading can make one successful and wise, we tend to avoid it due to a bad impression towards reading that was developed at an early age.

Many of us hated reading in school probably because we had struggled to memorize what our teachers had given us in order to pass exams. The continued improvement in quality of life is done through learning.  Reading is learning. Without learning there is no progress in life. It is therefore important to understand the power of reading in our life process. Reading enhances our academic performance in school. Students who like to read usually perform much better than those who don’t.

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‘‘It always seems impossible until it’s done” By Nelson Mandela

By Ador Thon-Maketh Ador, Nairobi, Kenya

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October 17, 2016 (SSB) — It was until I was issued a letter of completion bearing the date of our graduation ceremony, that I got relieved of the worries as to when I shall finish my University education.  But the day quickly came and I realized it was true when my name was loudly called to the podium among other colleagues.   I stood and walked majestically to the graduation square to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Peace and Conflict studies.  Before I proceeded to the podium, I first turned to the mammoth crowd to have a look at my wives, children, relatives and friends who came early that morning to witness my academic success. I saw them standing in jubilant mood with their faces covered with smiles and excitement.

When I returned from the podium after I was crowned by our Vice Chancellor, I could not see clearly, the tears of joy blurred my eyesight. Before I took my seat, I began taking deep breath and starred unto the blue-sky to appreciate the Almighty God, who kept me fit like fiddle throughout the years in school.  I knew without the grace of God and the abundant love of my siblings, friends and honorable country men and women, I won’t have made it alone. In order to avoid an emotional meltdown, I clenched my fist in remembrance of the many efforts; both material and non-material resources which enabled me to earn this noble academic degree from St. Paul University in Limuru, Nairobi Kenya.

While silently seated and with all the emotions in my mind competing for attention, I saluted my deceased father, Thon Ador Ader, nicknamed Thon Maketh, in absentia.   I really felt proud that I had fulfilled my dream and the vision of my father who sent me to primary school at the age of six (6) in 1975. My Father was so thirsty for me to obtain a formal education. Even though I graduated 46 years later, the time doesn’t really matter, what is important was that I had put on the gown as a full university graduate. I would have completed my course long ago, but circumstances beyond my control made me delay.

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By Simon Deng Kuol Deng, New York, USA

democracy

Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

Abstract

October 14, 2016 (SSB) — The Democratic peace becomes the most popular theory in the international politics for its proposition that democratic states do not fight interstate wars among themselves as opposes by realist and neorealist theoretical traditions, which define international as an anarchy, where the state can act according to the reason of self-help.  The democratic peace theory recognizes only liberal democratic states as the states that do not fight each other; however, the theory does not recognize illiberal democratic states as democratic states, even though, they frequently held the fair and free competitive elections. The democratic peace theory recognizes states as liberal democratic states when they have applied the principles of democracy such as citizen participation in decision-making,  system of representation, rule of law, electoral system of majority rule and minority right, equality among the citizens, liberty or freedom granted to or retained by citizens, separation of state and religious, institutional system that ensures  checks and balances, free press, etc. into the systems of their institutions. This paper aims at analyzing democratic peace theory’s proposition, which claims that democratic states do not fight the interstate war among themselves, doubts around the proposition of democratic peace theory, and valuation of democratic peace theory and its prospects for peaceful and cooperative relations in the international system.

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Bor County Education Mock Examination Results released

Posted: September 16, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Education, Junub Sudan

By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

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September 16, 2016 (SSB) — Bor county Education department released the primary eight results for candidates who sat the mock examinations last month with male students performing better than the female students.

The deputy director of Bor County Education Department Gabriel Panchol Anyang congratulates the teachers for their unwavering commitments in a statement extended to Dawn News Paper.

“My thanks and congratulations go to all those teachers who have made a contribution to the success and achievements that will be celebrated by high performing school from today. I know without the hard work of dedicated teachers I would not be able to stand before the education community today and say well done to hundreds of young candidates,” Panchol said.

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By Ustaz Abraham Mabior Rioc, Juba, South Sudan

education in afrika

The essence of education in Africa

September 3, 2016 (SSB) — Education today is viewed as an effective tool for human resource orientation, economic development, and social advancement. It is very instrumental in changing the lifestyles and living standards of people who struggle for it. Nevertheless, it is not easy to score a better education for a better lifestyle when an individual is not committed, determined as well as being patient enough in the whole process of acquiring it.

In order to accomplish academic success, the individuals or the learners should set guiding principles which comprise of commitment, determination, patience, and hard work since they are the core pillars of academic success. These guiding principles are the ways and the means for academic and social life achievements in this modern world of advance technology.

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The South Sudanese Government, the communities, and the international communities should invest in Education in emergencies so as to restore peace, hope, and trust among the war-torn communities

By Ustaz Abraham Mabior Rioc, Juba, South Sudan

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August 15, 2016 (SSB) — Educational opportunities are the means in restoring peace, hope, trust, and confidence among the war-ravaged communities particularly during an emergency and in post-conflict reconstruction. According to the World Bank (2005) report on post-conflict education (as cited in Mundy & Sarah, 2011, p.27) recommends prioritizing education as a critical post-conflict intervention for reshaping the future and identifies the need to focus on reestablishing a functioning school system as a peace dividend that will foster confidence in the period of transformation toward peace.

An emergency situation can occur any time within nations or among the communities in any given country as a result of frustrations of people due political, economic or cultural grievances. But what has to be taken into consideration is that, the concerned authorities and the well-wishers are the application of possible modalities to deescalate it in order to avoid further implications and destructions of both human and material resources.

In the South Sudan context, the recurring conflicts and communal tensions have been on rise even before and after the independence of the Republic of South Sudan due to lack of education and other life-saving skills. When we revisit the history of south Sudan from the earlier years up to date, one can clearly understand and believe that endless conflicts have been on and off and so they seem to have been the true-life habits of different categories of south Sudanese communities.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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August 2, 2016 (SSB) — In any underdeveloped country, the road to better education is very challenging, and this is certainly the case in South Sudan. A lack of role models­—especially women teachers in the school system—is one of many reasons why girls are constantly dropping out of school in South Sudan. Therefore, it is very important for us to appeal to women who are not afraid to exhibit their professional strengths. These women are more likely to have a positive impact on the lives of young girls, and so we must encourage them to do their part.

By supporting female teachers who are willing to be actively involved in schools, many young girls will be encouraged to remain in school, instead of viewing schools as a harmful environment. The presence of these female role models will hopefully spark a reawakening of girls’ interest in education. But this tactic will only be effective if we first fight the injustices demonstrated by the South Sudanese themselves towards women teachers. If we stand alongside these teachers, it will give hope to young girls, and we can finally gain momentum in terms of their enrollment in school.

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By Malith Jongkuch Kur, London Ontario, Canada

(Email: mkur@uwo.ca)

Demonstrating for justice and accountability, for Isaiah Abraham, 5 Dec 2015

Demonstration for justice and accountability in Juba on 5 Dec 2015, marking the 3rd anniversary of the killing of Isaiah Abraham

Abstract

July 8, 2016 (SSB) — The conflict in South Sudan which began in December 2013 has attracted international attention, particularly the regional and continental bodies—the AU and the IGAD nations. In fact, the South Sudanese conflict is not different from other crises that affected and continue to affect the African continent. Therefore, this paper has examined briefly the African transitional justice mechanisms of Rwanda, South Africa, and Sierra Leone to highlight important lessons in those mechanisms, which can possibly help both the government and civil society in South Sudan to work together for a sustainable peace and justice in the country. It offers general observations on the potential difficulties the agreement and the proposed transitional justice mechanism may face before the end of the interim period. The direct involvement of the AU and the IGAD nations in a search for a peaceful solution to the conflict in South Sudan has resulted in the signing of a shaky peace agreement to resolve the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan in August 2015. Also, agencies related to the work of the United Nations are playing active parts in the process of protecting civilians, investigating human rights abuses, and helping to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions more. The agreement has provided for the creation of Transitional Government of National Unity, the establishment of Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and National Healing, Compensation and Reparation Authority, and Hybrid Court for South Sudan. Those institutions have been proposed in the agreement to consolidate peace and deal with issues related to justice and accountability for the crimes committed in the course of the conflict.

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

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South Sudan’s Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Peter Adwok Nyaba (center), celebrates the first anniversary of the country’s independence in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, on July 9, 2012.

June 27, 2016 (SSB) — Adwok Nyaba is the current minister of higher education. It is one month now since all the five public universities’ lecturers started their sit-down strike in demand of their [three month’s salaries] and some additional incentives or allowances [travel and medical allowances]

 A week after the strike began, Adwok caught the bull by its horn by writing a letter to the chair of strikers to resume their work and wondered why they [strikers] would not understand the economic state of this country, he then directed the vice chancellor of the university of Juba to take immediate actions if they don’t end their unnecessary strike. It was a stern warning to the strikers whom he termed to be unpatriotic for their failure to understand the situation the government is.

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Rights of children on the Impacts of Universal Secondary Education Policy by the Ministry of General Education in South Sudan

By Lino Lual Lual, Juba, South Sudan

alliance high, Bor

The first form one students of Alliance [2009]. Front line from left; Akau, Achol, Thon, Guet, Bol, Amer, Chol. Back line from left; Diing, xxxxxx, Bok, Ngong, Deng, xxxxx, Alier

May 10, 2016 (SSB)  —  While other states have improved primary school education significantly, secondary education is still far behind the rest of the world in newest nation, Republic of South Sudan. South Sudan ministry of education has to formulate the only one curriculums for universal secondary education policy to improve secondary education using household panel data that will increased public secondary schools enrollments especially for girls from poor households.

South Sudan had been one of the lowest archiving regions in terms of education but primary school enrollment rates have increased in most of the states.  These numbers could be biased since household surveys of States suggest that high levels of data are underestimation. The Ministry of Education must have committed to ensured that the teaching staff of every secondary school will have a minimum of 50% secondary trained teachers. Universal Secondary Education (USE) Strategy must always focus in on classroom teaching through the curriculum, materials, training and support for teachers.

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By Emmanuel Malual Makuach, Nairobi, Kenya

alliance high, Bor

The first form one students of Alliance [2009]. Front line from left; Akau, Achol, Thon, Guet, Bol, Amer, Chol. Back line from left; Diing, xxxxxx, Bok, Ngong, Deng, xxxxx, Alier

April 15, 2016 (SSB)  —-  Girl child education is become a global issues especially in south Sudan a group of girls in Nairobi presenting creative society express dissatisfaction over culture demands of the girls of south Sudan   since the creations of the country Sudan and until it becoming independent of the country from north Sudan According to some sources says that more than 90 percent of total number of women are still literate. Girls in South Sudan face serious disadvantages in education.

The country has the worst indicators for girls’ education in the world. Not only are they less likely to enter school, girls are also more likely to drop out compared to boys. The situation is especially alarming since women and girls in South Sudan are more likely to die during childbirth than complete primary education

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High profile or committees for higher education, please unify curriculum for better education in your nation. It is better to be independence in education than agreements with other countries and avoided everybody seeking scholarship outside country.

By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

April 13, 2016 (SSB)  —-  Dr. John Garang de Mabior encouraged Board of Directors of South Sudan Christian University of Science and Technology in 2005 before the final signature of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, (CPA), in Nairobi Kenya, that “take this university to Southern Sudan, it will help our people at the grass root levels”, he said, and licensed it as the first private university in the devastated region of Southern Sudan. This is how the university came about in our history.

 Although John Garang’s death came abruptly, and leaved behind him many things unfulfilled, the South Sudan Christian University of Science and technology exists today with many critics, but it was born in eyewitness of the South Sudan founder, and this step confined us to understand the vision of late father of the new nation to his people.

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This statement quoted Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin referring to Dr. Luka Biong Deng, a son of Abyei, as a Sudanese.

LUKA BIONG A SUDANESE

March 22, 2016 (SSB) – South Sudanese Minister Barnaba Marial Benjaminhas denied referring to the people of Abyei as Sudanese. Marial spoke to the media late on Monday in Juba. This what he said.

“Members of the press, I would like to make a clarification because in the media it was quoted that the ministry of foreign affairs has said clearly that the people of Abyei, connected with the people of Abyei, I would like to make it clear with regard to Abyei protocol, the issue of Abyei is clearly stated that they have a joint sovereignty of the Republic of South Sudan and of the Republic of Sudan and any decision that is to be taken by the two governments, will rely on the people of Abyei decision through a referendum to decide which country they should belong to.

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corruption in Juba

Corruption

The Dinkas and Nuers corrupted the Petronas Malaysian Scholarship, now the Equatorians are having their revenge with the Civil Society Leadership Award (CSLA) Scholarship for 2016/2017. So what is the different between the corrupt government of President Kiir (and Riek) and the enlightened civil societies of South Sudan: ZERO.

The finalist list of the Civil Society Leadership Award (CSLA) Scholarship for 2016/2017. All the awards are for Master Degree level. All that remains for the candidates is the submission of their university acceptance to the OSF team.

S/No. Name County
1 Stella Lolik Torit
2 Doru Josephine Kenyi Kajokeji
3 Worri George Wani Gimba Kajokeji
4 Gabriel Sosten Bathuel Bandas Maridi
5 Modi Denis Elikana Pitia Kajokeji
6 Nichola Lado Marco Terekeka
7 Kiden Gladys Robert Yei
8 Lokur Atanasio Alfred Bojo Kajokeji
9 Aromeo James Sworo Sekwat Kajokeji
10 Malish John Peter Lainya
11 John Jokondo Tete (Ida) Yei
12 Bol Aher Arol Aher Aweil
13 Stella Liyong Dangasuk Kajokeji
14 Lodule Peter Laku Modi Juba
15 Oliver Michael Mande Maridi
16 Elly Ayume Joseph Yei
17 Yeno Susan Lemi Lainya
18 Reja Gladys Joseph Lainya
19 Bagura Agaba Lucy Baptist Yambio


Team TEGSP

Team TEGSP

Today we had a chance to talk with Mayen Mayen Dhieu and Awek Bul Akec who are senior members of the Twic East Girls Scholarship Program. In 2016, TEGSP sponsored 4 girls from Kakuma refugee who finished their Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education in 2015. The condition of sponsorship was meant to pick girls without support in the refugee camp. TEGSP was found in 2015 in Australia by three individuals with compassions and who have thought of sharing the opportunities with others women-whose chances and values for education cannot be easily achieved. Here the interview