UNICEF Ambassador Visiting Western Equatoria State

The United Nation Children Emergence Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador for Japan, Agnes Chan on Wednesday headed a team from Juba to Yambio Western Equatoria to assess the ‘Back to Learning’ campaign, which was launched by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology with the support of UNICEF.

By Joseph Nashion

YAMBIO April 8, 2015 [Gurtong]- Ambassador, Agnes Chan says UNICEF will reach out-of-school children in all 10 states, targeting approximately 400,000 children whose schooling has been interrupted by the conflict in South Sudan to return to their studies this year.

She said that children have started joining schools while others still need awareness and support to go to schools.

Ms. Chan stated that UNICEF and the Government of Japan will continue to support South Sudan.

"We will continue supporting children's education in South Sudan urging the people to make good use of facilities to making sure that children are educated well," she noted.

She thanked Western Equatoria Government for being devoted in helping women, children and the youth in life skills.

Ms. Chan in her meeting with the State Governor, Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro appreciated his leadership and the entire government for keeping and promoting peace in the State.

"It is not easy but the people of this state are committed to maintaining peace in the area because peace is a very important tool, that for any country to do well for its citizens there must be peace," Chan said.

Governor Bakosoro appreciated the work UNICEF is doing in Western Equatoria particularly in the area of Education.

Meanwhile, the State minister of Education in the state, Hon Pia Phillip Michael urged UNICEF to focus on developmental activities.

"We as the people of Western Equatoria with the relative peace we call upon you to bring life skills activities to the people despite the fact that we are also suffering indirectly due to the ongoing war in the country," Pia said.

Pia said the major challenge facing WES is Donors focus more on emergencies than development.

He stressed some of the challenges like lack of access to clean water, high dropout rate in schools especially for girls.

"what we have done is to establish Peace Clubs in some schools piloting life skills project that can enable them stay in school and walk away with those skills to help out even if they drop out of school."

On his part the Youth and Sports Minister, Hon: Gibson Bulllen Wande pledged to UNICEF for more support towards the youth in the state so that they may be able to engage in useful activities.


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