Vice President Abdelbagi Akol, General Education Minister Awut Deng, EU Ambassador Christian Bader and UNICEF Country Representative Hamida Lasseko among others at the schools' reopening event.
South Sudan’s Minister of General Education and Instruction Hon. Deng Awut Acuil has lauded the efforts of education partners, especially European Union’s.
From 2017 to 2019, the European Union provided over 30,000 primary school teachers with financial incentives, thus strengthening their livelihood and allowing them teaching pupils. In 2021, the EU will assist further 33,000 teachers with a one-off payment in order to encourage them return to school after the COVID-19 closure.
“On behalf of the government and the ministry of general education and instructions, I thank each and every country that stood with South Sudan in this difficult time to make education function,” Hon. Awut said during the reopening of schools on Monday at Juba One Boys’ Primary School.
“It is because of you that we have been able to keep education going. We thank the EU for taking care of the teachers’ incentives across the country. This has made a difference and a substantial impact in the education sector.”
“It is wise enough to mention the help of EU to Primary school teachers which is known as EU Impact Project to support teachers’ salaries. In fact, these incentives made a number of successes,” Hon. Ahmed Mohamed Musa, Chairperson of the Specialised Committee on Education in the now-expired Parliament said.
The EU Ambassador to South Sudan Christian Bader thanked all those that worked hard to flatten the infection curve in the country, which has in turn paved the way for reopening of schools.
EU Ambassador Christian Bader speaking at the Schools' reopening event on Monday at Juba One Boys Primary School.
“Supporting education is extremely important for a country like South Sudan,” Ambassador Bader said, reminding the students that "the path to the classroom leads to a better life and full citizenship", that "by increasing knowledge, one becomes a better person and contribute to a better South Sudan".
For 14 months since the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in April last year, the government closed all schools, with the exception of those facing the exams. The reopening of schools under the theme: ‘Safe Re-opening of schools during COVID-19 Pandemic” was presided by Service Cluster Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi Akol.
A cheerful representation of students attended the event at Juba One Boys’ Primary School as well as the Canadian ambassador to South Sudan Jenny Hill, Deputy Ambassador British Embassy Kate Johnston, General Education Deputy Minister Martin Tako, Minister of Education Central Equatoria State Hon. Cirisio Zakaria Ladu and UNICEF Country representative Hamida Lasseko among others.