In commemoration of “International Day of The African Child”, celebrated yearly on the 16 June globally, Ghanaian Peacekeepers serving with United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have distributed stationery items to schools in Bentiu to support the worthy cause. The annual ceremony focuses on the barriers African children face in order to receive quality education.
About seven hundred (700) school children from seven (7) schools Unity State namely Liech, St Martin, Thomas Kume, Charles Kuot, Bentiu A and B and Machakos Primary Schools received the stationery materials which included books, pens, pencils, rulers, erasers mathematical sets, crayons and pencil sharpeners.
The CO of Ghanbatt 8, Lt Col RK Sagoe who led the delegation disclosed that the kind gesture formed part of the Battalion’s Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities to impact the lives of the less privileged in Unity State as most lacked the requisite materials in support of their education. He stressed that amidst protecting lives and restoring peace in South Sudan his outfit remains committed to supporting the welfare needs of students and pupils thus enlightening them to become key contributors to the development of society.
The CO added that the gesture would help the children access quality education and was optimistic that the items would be put to good use to improve their lives. “The future of South Sudan are the children we see here now; it is our responsibility to help them acquire the necessary skills so that they can build the country we wish to see in the future”, he mentioned.
The Acting Director General, Ministry of Education, Mr Simon Puok Mateny who received the items on behalf of the beneficiary schools, expressed appreciation for the kind gesture, saying it will boost teaching and learning in Unity State.