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Unity State: Elders in Bentiu contribute 30 cows for construction of schools


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

August 30, 2012 (BENTIU) - Elderly members of the community in South Sudan’s Unity State are raising funds to build schools for children who lose their parents during the civil war that led to South Sudan’s independence last year.

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Peter Dak Gatluak Director of the Unity State Education Ministry and Chairperson of the Martyrs, Soldiers’ Children Construction Schools and Mobilization Committee talks with Sudan Tribune in his Bentiu office, 30 August 2012 (ST)

One of the proposed schools will be in Rubkotna County with other schools planned for neighbouring Mayom and Parieng Counties.

Recently a seven-member committee was formed by the government to oversee development of contributions for the projects from around the Unity State. Local chiefs and spiritual elders from both Mayom and Rubkotna have already contributed 30 large bulls in order to support the construction of schools for martyr’s children in Rotriak Payam [district] in Rubkotna County.

The idea was proposed by state ministry of education and elder groups in Unity State, but due to current austerity measures caused by the cessation of oil-production in January as part of a dispute over transport fees with the Sudanese government. The lack of funds available from the state government led to the administration in Bentiu reaching out to communities to support the construction of the new schools.

Education is a major issue in the young nation. Less than 30% of people can read and write due to systemic underinvestment and decades of conflict.

Peter Dak Gatluak, Director General of Unity State’s Ministry of Education, who is also the chairperson of the Martyrs, Soldiers’ Children Construction Schools and Mobilization Committee says the move was openly supported by people in the state.

He added that his teams are working on selling the cows for the best price possible in order to use the funds to begin the projects. Gatluak added that the bulls should fetch from 1800 South Sudanese Pound but can reach up to 2000 SSP depending on the market.

State-run radio has encouraged Unity State’s nine counties to donate cows in order to bank roll the school building scheme.

Gatluak said the government was going ahead with construction in Rotriak payam in Rubkotna County but that the eventually new education centres would be built in the other eight counties, “if they are not running out of fund contribution”.

Top state government officials in the state, including the governor Taban Deng Gai reacted positively to the example shown by spiritual leaders Gatdeng in Mayom and Gatturoal in Rubkotna who contributed 20 cows, the local chief Tuonguar Kueynguong with 5 bulls, and State Prison Services Director Liah Diu, who contributed another 5 bulls.

Tuonguar Kueynguong the paramount chief of Bentiu asked everyone in the state to contribute to remember the soldiers whose blood was shed in the two-decade were that led to South Sudan’s independence.

Kueynguong urged the general public not to wait for the state government to have the funds for the project but to start moving the project themselves.

“Today at last after [a] long struggle we have the Republic of South Sudan because we lost too many lives of our sons and daughters”, said Kueynguong.

He added there is need to build a permanent memorial schools across the state, saying that it was not enough just to say "we have heroes", this should be demonstrated by providing the next generation with education.

Mathok Gatkuoth deputy chairperson of the committee said they have found over 200 children without access to a school in recent assessment in Rotriak payam.

Gatkuoth added that there is need to educate them as they will be country’s future leaders. "We need to do something for the children of our martyrs because they offered their lives for South Sudan’s independence."


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  • 31 August 2012 07:10, by allan

    very good plan hope everyone in s sudan thinks positive like those elders god bless em

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    • 31 August 2012 07:17, by omoni jr.

      You are a blind and you dont see a head,why the elders have contribute money for schools constructions? Your government in juba is ready give khartoum 3 billions for No reason.This is Not healthy way civil population can do in term nation building .Do not rob our citizens in broad day light.

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      • 31 August 2012 07:50, by Akol Liai Mager

        Allan is absolutely right. It is the community development that the Elders have just done. One of top Community Development’s Principles is that; community start development with resources available within the community which means "from the community to the community". Well, if money can’t come from Juba or goes somewhere else why should the world stop from moving on?

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      • 31 August 2012 10:46, by Eastern

        Omony, I have always respected your views on this platform but on this particular issue Allan is absolutely right. Our communities have the resources and it is healthy to encourage them to contribute towards national development but not wait on the government in Juba to do everything. Allan, I gree with you. Let our people contribute for development!!

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      • 1 September 2012 21:47, by NgorKur Mayol Chier

        Thank to Peter Dak for launching this great project in our state. To our citizens in the state,I urge you all to show up your support to the communities elders because; their support to building those schools in counties would be one of the brilliants ides that all of their leaders in community,civil society,and the local government in Unity State should be supportive with the collection of cows.

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      • 1 September 2012 22:04, by NgorKur Mayol Chier

        Dear Omoni Jr.
        I want you to understand that when giving your belongings to your neighbor it doesn’t mean you are stupid. It mean that you’re always caring about your neighbor in time of needy. Therefore, the three millions that gave to Khartoum government hasn’t fall into the water.This’s something that we should be very proud of to thank our government of RSS for showing this great solidarity.

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    • 31 August 2012 07:49, by Bolman

      good idea but where is the 2%percents of Oil funds instead collected the Civilians cattles that is why if you have good Governor things can happen like that, Taban must think twice,bcecause we the Unity State we own the our SS oil our 2% percents was about 5.millions Dallors per a month for 7 yrs and we developed nothing, but God is great than Taban and those of SPLM party whom sheeting on his ow

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      • 31 August 2012 08:02, by Bolman

        the party who sheating on own ple, if ple you don’t ve good Governor ple can turning into their properties like what happened now in Unity State,but don’t just collected your cattles and you don’t know the prices them they will still sheating on yours too, Splm they don’t carre about who will heard and who will said they just need their bellies to be full of others owners becareful.

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  • 31 August 2012 07:13, by George Bol

    Cattle are our pride and resource. For those who thing negative about keeping cattle must be delusional.Don’t you see the benefit of keeping cattle? can your beer and grass afford such kind of resource? Omoni! We will keep cattle some years because they are beneficiary. Thanks

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    • 31 August 2012 08:12, by Ruach

      That is a good move.This shows that cattle are very valuable than looting them.All our cattle were looted by Jebeni and Jaang

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  • 31 August 2012 08:02, by 4Justice

    The people have finally realised the government is nothing but a useless pile of cow dung. Talking until they foam at the mouth hoping to convince us they are doing something.

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    • 31 August 2012 08:43, by Kurnyeil The Junior

      Some of you southerner are dumb indeed, don’t you know that is called fun raising idiot, and if your mother don’t have anything to give, than shut the fuck off and let her give here pussy to government ahahaha people who have nothing’s to give are the very people who can criticize those who gave,

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      • 31 August 2012 09:01, by Ruach

        Kurnyiel/liel.Wash your dirt ss or fuck your self with your finger.If u go to the toilet,make sure u fuck your anus with your finger in the name of washing your anus!Leave us alone son of slave

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      • 31 August 2012 17:07, by Ruach

        You are dumb peson who sold out his land for food

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        • 31 August 2012 21:21, by panom lualbil

          What do this ’failed community’ know about education? It’s just a matter of greed appeal to eat ’meat’ but pretend if it was for school’s construction. While educater wont ever be used like ’slave’ by his enemy against his fellows, who do you think had NEVER attempted rebelion amongst their educaters??

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  • 31 August 2012 09:28, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Many Thanks to those of Unity State for intensive cooperation between elderly people. Lakes State love that systimatic way of Development.

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    • 31 August 2012 21:00, by JohnGarangFreedom

      Job well done my people of Unity State.

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  • 31 August 2012 10:35, by Lat Dak Nyaroah

    First and foremost, thanks to community elders/leaders for coming up with such amazing community development strategy. This is what is needed in every community across South Sudan instead of waiting for gov’t to deliver services. The major responsibility of any gov’t is to ensure good security for every citizen so that every person should have time to do what is good for the survival of our people

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  • 1 September 2012 03:47, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    County assets are important to produce develoment and encourage committment on getting infrastructures to be build.Southern Sudan traditionall assets belonging are cows and goats.We shouldn’t feel ignoring them,because we don’t have enough resource for promoting construction. We should taxt all cultivating source for supporting our quality of living among our people.

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