Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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)



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.


By John A. Akec, Juba, South Sudan

kiir at juba uni

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


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.


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.


‘‘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.


By Simon Deng Kuol Deng, New York, USA


Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


By Malith Jongkuch Kur, London Ontario, Canada


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


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.


By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan


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.