Repeated civil wars and inter-communal conflict have affected generations of children in South Sudan.
In 2016, all school facilities in Ngolembo, a remote region of Western Bahr El Ghazal State, were destroyed.
But now, thanks to a quick impact project funded by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), children here will benefit from a rehabilitated primary school.
Seven classrooms, two offices and toilets were fully repaired by the UN peacekeeping mission’s local implementing partner, the Alma-awash Organization.
Authorities and community members are delighted with this recent development.
“Since 2011, UNMISS has been our partner in protecting civilians, building confidence after dealing with the devastation of frequent conflict,” said Simon Athuai, state education minister. “The rehabilitation of this primary school is an example of the commitment of the United Nations peacekeeping mission to ensure that our children can receive a quality education and become future leaders”, added the Minister.
Additionally, Minister Athuai assured community members that long-standing issues in the education sector – such as a much-needed increase in teacher salaries – are being addressed at the highest levels of governance.
For UNMISS, the positive response from host populations, local leaders and state authorities is encouraging.
“Whenever we implement such projects, the objective is to meet urgent public needs. Therefore, we are careful to consult with the community – women, youth, leaders – to ensure that every UNMISS intervention has the maximum impact in improving people’s lives,” explained Norbert Niyodusenga, Chief of the Protection Section , transition and reintegration of UNMISS in Waou.
Mr. Niyodusenga urged teachers, community leaders and zone chiefs to encourage girls to take full advantage of the newly renovated primary school.
“If properly maintained and used, this primary school in Ngolembo can help future generations and even neighboring communities,” he added.
The rehabilitation of Ngolembo Primary School is one of 32 similar projects implemented in Western Bahr El Ghazal by the UN peacekeeping mission between 2021 and 2022.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).