Displaced children in Bentiu receive education materials from Mongolian peacekeepers
Oct 3, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — As schools are set to reopen early next week for the finalists, Mongolain peacekeepers yesterday donated school items to displaced children in Bentiu IDPs camp.
The education materials included notebooks, pencils, toys, volleyballs, basketballs and clothes.
The aim is to motivate displaced students to keep up with their schoolwork as much as possible.
“One of the best investments in life is education, with the disruptions caused to students’ lives across the world due to COVID-19, we decided to team up with our local interlocutors and provide necessary materials to encourage displaced children to keep studying,” states Colonel Dorjderem Battuvshin, Commanding Officer of the Mongolian battalion.
“This hand over comes at a very good time as restrictions on secondary schools at least are about to be lifted. But school-going children of all ages will most definitely benefit from the generosity shown by UN peacekeepers.
” Said Simon Thier, a teacher from Kondial Secondary School located within the UN Protection Site in Bentiu.
Simon Thier reiterates that anyone who help South Sudanese educate their next generation is a friend of South Sudan.
“It’s a big boost for their morale. Anyone who helps us educate our future generations is a friend because they are enabling us to build a better future for our children”
The children were so happy and they showed their anticipation of going back to school.
“I am looking forward to resuming lessons and going to school again,” said John Gatluak, a 17 years old beneficiary who is enrolled in Eden Secondary School in Bentiu, South Sudan.
The handover ceremony was organized by Ruop Guol Kulang, a community leader residing in the Protection Site.
He said that many students have to go through struggles and hardship to acquire school supplies and although the support may seems little the impact will be huge.
“This hand over might appear to be basic but for children in the UN site who have lived through conflict, lost their loved ones and are so far away from home, it has a huge positive impact.”Ruop Guol Kulang said.
“By supporting our young students, these peacekeepers are supporting a future of peace and prosperity across South Sudan.” He added.
Ruop added that every child in South Sudan deserves everything a child should deserves in an ideal society.
“Every child in South Sudan deserves everything we, as individuals, as communities, as a society, to educate them so that they can look forward to a future that is prosperous and peaceful. “Ruop concludes.