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The doom and Gloom of Education in south Sudan


By Daniel Abushery Daniel

"Stand – Up for the teacher and glorify him. The teacher is more like a messenger ". (unofficial translation from Arabic poem).

January 11, 2010 — While I might not be the first to highlight the debate on the importance of education in South Sudan, I am emulous to emphasize that for our young nation to develope, progress, prosper and ultimately becomes a stronger country we all hope to live in, it’s vital that education must be the top pirority of level of government in South Sudan Sudan, because education is and always will be the center piece and the corner stone, if there is to be hope for a civilized nation on our soil. Indeed, as a son of a teacher, I felt as though, if I didn’t write this piece about the importance of education to be a part of our nation building process, I will be commiting a crime against human civilization and prosperity of our cherished homeland.

Further more, the value of education in the third millennium and in 21st century has become a supply and demand of globalization, not like the way it once was use during my father’s and my grandfather’s time, both of whom were teachers. They did there very best even when the resources and the understading were very limited as suppose to how they are today in an era of oil revenues. So what excuese does our generation have not to do more for education? The obvious answer is none, whatsoever.

A flash back at the old times, it was very difficult to enroll children in the schools systems, due to the relentless resistance of student’s families, that the process was only possible through Chiefs and sub-chiefs and only under certain conditions that: if you have more than one child, the school will enroll only one and the rest will remain home helping the family to look after cattle’s , stock breading, or with cultivating the farms, etc.

South Sudan’s youngters never really enjoyed the fruit of stability since the so called Independence, due to engagement in civil wars from 1955-2005. But if someone may say that: what about the ten-year- break of Addis Ababa accord? Well, I have also discussed that in my previous piece in (Gurtong) and (South Sudan nations) webs titled: why south Sudan must go? A cry for Justice.Whatever that progress might be, it was cut short when the war erupted yet again in 1974, after the Sudan government has laid off the returnees from the bushes. This period did not create only a generational gap, but it’s created a huge vacuum of illiteracy of which we are paying its price to this very day.

Simply, the point I am trying to make here is that, with all these resources, and the type of government that we are enjoying, shipping basic education schools over seas to Kenya, Uganda, Europe and else where in the globe is a big epidemic and a disaster for the future of our kids in particular, and South Sudan nation in general, for a host of reasons: firstly, is a waver to our rich cultures, traditions, and customs that we are proud of, and adopt the western civilization, which is a culture shock for our immigrants’ children, just to mentioned the few. And believe me, a country without all what I mentioned above is doom.

It’s a matter of fact that most of the families can not afford to support their children to study abroad, due to the difficulties of cost of living, and school fees, which- in must cases- are very expensive and out of reach even for upper incomes, leave alone the vast majority poor population, who are living in country side, and rural areas in southern Sudan. Therefore, I urge the government of South Sudan(GOSS) to bring back home all institutions that were funded by the government, to be a part of the nation building.

Unfortunately,for some politicians, business men, and individual who in the past have sent their children abroad, the survey shows that most of them, for one reason or another, they didn’t achieve their goals, which makes it a waste of money and other resources that could have been spent right here at home.

In conclusion, I am not against the idea of studying abroad, especially for those who can afford to do so, but what am against is spending of the Government’s fund for basic education that can be restored in the country ‘from kindred garden to high school levels”, and all children can benefit together in all ten southern states, with less expenditures while at the sametime avoiding the doom and gloom of education, which is certainly the foundation of the nation.

The author is a Criminal Justice graduate, and can be reached at nyang19@yahoo.com, or ddaniel575@yahoo.com.

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  • 12 January 2010 05:56, by wech

    Good article brother! keep up the good work and maybe our people will learn through your messages.

    • 12 January 2010 08:54, by Saaid Nafe

      You have written a good article; therefore I would like to advice all our beloved citizen of the southern Sudan in the coming election not to vote for anybody whose family is outside southern Sudan or not to vote for anybody whose children are aboard for a basic education because those people are wasting our resource. During teacher’s strike in Juba, one politician in the ministry of education told them that it is up to you if you don’t want to teach your children because our children are not here, they are in Ugandan and abroad, that is why our big people don’t want to improve our system of education. Please fellow southerners vote for those who have their families here and also his heart will be here in the south too.

      • 13 January 2010 01:23, by Deng Thiak Adut

        Great work "son of the teacher".

        I myself live abroad, came here through Humanitarian Visa. I gain valuable education now, but is still vacuum since, my knowledge is impaired by lack of my cultures. I support Saaid Nafe conclusion and your conclusion...... Let us learn from previous experiences and vote for real leader that can keep our children engage in proper education system in the South......However, I do not have right to for 2010 due to political disabilities of those living in my country of residency. I therefore encourage you to place your voting right responsibly.

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