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50 S. Sudanese off to Ethiopia on three-year scholarship


October 21, 2012 (JUBA) - At least 50 students from South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state are set to benefit from three-year undergraduate teaching scholarships in Ethiopia, as part of a strategic partnership agreement the two countries signed in March this year.

Fre Tesfamichael Tesfatsion, the Ethiopian ambassador to South Sudan addressing the students, October, 21, 2012 (ST)

The education scholarship, granted by the State Government of Southern Nations, Nationalities and the Peoples Regional State in Ethiopia, only targeted students drawn from various parts of the state.

The three-year diploma programme, officials says, will enormously contribute to the development of the teaching profession in a country, where teacher to student ratios are still very low and illiteracy rates extremely worrying.

Rebecca Joshua Okwaci, South Sudan’s Deputy Minister for General Education and Instructions lauded the Ethiopian government for extending such an opportunity to South Sudanese students, describing education as a key pillar for any nation to develop.

“Education is one of the key priorities of this nation, hence the need to fully develop it so our people can benefit from good quality education service,” she said.

The deputy minister, while speaking at the students’ farewell occasion, also gave a brief historical background to the relationship between Ethiopia and South Sudan, which she said, dates back to the years of South Sudan’s long civil wars.

“The physical war is finished. Now is the time to South Sudanese to focus on capacity building through education,” stressed the deputy minister.

Illiteracy in South Sudan stands at only 27%, a legacy of decades of civil war and underinvestment.

The minister appealed to the students to be good ambassadors to the young nation as they embark on their three-year educational journey in neighboring Ethiopia.

Fre Tesfamichael Tesfatsion, the Ethiopian ambassador to South Sudan said, although education was a priority in the cooperation agreement between the two countries, there is need to also focus on provision of technical skills, among others.

He said the strategic partnership agreement, which the two countries signed on 2 March 2012, also encompassed nine other sectoral agreements, including peace and security, service, governance and the economy.

“However, education is identified as one of the priority areas of the cooperation. We have to work together if we are to develop together,” he emphasized.

The ambassador, further warned to the students, not to go the Ethiopia for “tourism”, but use this initiative as an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, which they can apply in their various communities.

Meanwhile, 20 additional South Sudanese students, according to Tesfamichael, have also been earmarked to benefit from graduate level scholarships to be provided by Mekelle University, one of Ethiopia’s leading higher educational institutions.

In a related development, Michael Lopuke, Eastern Equatoria State’s Education minister said the students’ selection criterion was fair and balanced, mainly targeting those who completed secondary level of education.

Lopuke, who was accompanied by his health counterpart, Margaret Itto and other lawmakers from the state, decried the poor state of the road network linking Eastern Equatoria state and it’s neighbouring Ethiopia, which he said prevented the easy movement of people and goods.

“The movement of these students would have been very easy if the road linking these two neighboring states was in good condition,” he said.


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  • 22 October 2012 08:08, by Madina Tonj

    The problem in Ethiopoa learning style is the way when there is an examination then, they talks each others meaning, they change their answers through their language while none speaker confused between and I had witness many time. There is another problem too, and that is English is absolutely dying when it reach to Ethiopoa, these are the fact you would never deny and I am not sure if improve

    • 22 October 2012 10:46, by Asmera

      @ Hi Madina Jonj
      I am from Addis,
      Please do not count problems, but focus on the results and the meaningful relationship between the two nations. We Africans have several problems and challenges, what we have to do is challenging our challenges. For me this sharing of knowledge and experience in our region leeds us to further economic and socail inter-relations and fighting our main obstacles

    • 22 October 2012 12:38, by henok

      Madina,Hey what happen to you, brother or sister? With your "they talks,.it reach."?English,I would not have dared to talk of the dying of English in Ethiopia had I been you with these ugly English of yours. If you are indeed a S. Sudanese, it would have been enough to say only "Thank you, Ethiopia."After all, you should know that no European language, including English, has not set foot in Ethiop

      • 22 October 2012 18:58, by Ruach

        Ante Henok or Asmera:Leave this thug called Madina Tonj.He is one of the thieves and ignorants in South Sudan.Thank to Ethiopian gov’t for taking these poor South Sudanese.Your curricula are well designed.These boys will need to work hards in Teacher Education College

  • 22 October 2012 08:08, by Madina Tonj

    The problem in Ethiopoa learning style is the way when there is an examination then, they talks each others meaning, they change their answers through their language while none speaker confused between and I had witness many time. There is another problem too, and that is English is absolutely dying when it reach to Ethiopoa, these are the fact you would never deny and I am not sure if improve

    • 22 October 2012 09:05, by Hardball

      Madina Tonj, when you want to make fun of someone that he or she don’t know the language; you should first make sure you write and speak English well. The reason is; it’s embarrassing to thinks someone else doesn’t know English when you can’t even speak and write it well. Remember, Ethiopians read the news on Sudan Tribune website.

      • 22 October 2012 09:18, by Deng Bornyang

        @ Harbal, a DINKA does not admit that he or she doesn’t know and that is true. A semi-literate, like MADINA TONJ can not surely change education system in Ethiopia. Look here, because of that attitude in this community, our country is more likely to slid to worse atrocities of tribal conflicts. Don’t expect anything good when your neighbour is aggressive and dose not accept his or her mistakes.

        • 22 October 2012 11:38, by Hardball

          Bornyang, I believe Madina Tonj was making a valid point on what happened in his classroom; when students were giving way answers to their fellow classmates who happened to speak the same language as they are; but that doesn’t mean the entire education system in Ethiopia is corrupted. Let’s give credit where it’s due; Madina Tonj was making a reasonable point.

    • 22 October 2012 14:04, by Bungachier 50

      Dear Colleagues,
      It’s good to appreciate whatever some one has given for free, though little. We don’t differentiate people when it comes to gifts reception. Ethiopian and your Gov’t! thank you so much.

  • 22 October 2012 08:18, by George Bol

    Equatorians are busy with eating and education while naath are busy rebelling. Too bad!

    • 22 October 2012 09:11, by Deng Bornyang

      @ George Bol, stop talking shit about NAATH. If a small group of MURLE can disturb what do you think is going to happen when the MIGHTY NUER take laws in their own hands? I know you people are good at talking and blackmailing others, but mind you the spirit of ethnocentrism that you have is what caused genocide in RWANDA. Otherwise, you need to see the real danger in this situation.

      • 22 October 2012 09:54, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Deng; do you really think Nuer will win the war of tribal staff? What I know will just be killing of Nuer for some few nyagateen who love to be called nyagats,
        I swear to God! nuer issues has been taken serious than ever before and if you keeps that savages attitudes, you will never going to forget it, Nuer don’t bleed with water,

        • 22 October 2012 11:49, by Diu J.Kuek

          Dinka Dominated SPLA/M (Mr Mangoor) please just talks until the day you will get exhaust because what I found you are not normal person u are sick with a insanity unsoundness of mind as consequence of brain disease even if someone decide to sue you or brought a case of sedition against in the end you will be acquitted with insanity defense but the next step Sudan tribune comments must be regulate

          • 22 October 2012 12:09, by Diu J.Kuek

            This is a decision that I have taken against the Sudan tribune website through legal procedure the commentators must be bare or will registers their names and files their documents as a member participants of the website otherwise this website will be accuse for incite the tribal hatred they can not put a condition as a freedom of speech and expression no, just soon they will serve their summon.

        • 22 October 2012 14:57, by Gäär

          Dinka Dominated Corruption,
          You can NOT beat the drums of a war while on a social security benefit elsewhere. get your ass here and face the music. dont put the life of other Dinkas into a danger. Dinkas are good at just eating too much, talking too much and doing nothing. you’re throwing your mouth everywhere and no one can take you seriously. you have no history.

    • 22 October 2012 14:52, by Gäär

      You are absolutely right. and while these things are happening, Foolish Majority are busy looting public funds making it impossible for the educated equatorians to reap anything. and as of yesterday, a Dinka man with 3 marks on his forehead was caught in Dubai with $890,000 in a brief case. adding to another week of woe when a Dinka student stole more than $220,000 student money in Ugand

  • 22 October 2012 10:03, by BM Bol

    I hope these students are not minister’s relatives, but ordinary South Sudanese.

  • 22 October 2012 10:04, by Raam_mi raam

    Why all the 50 from EES what about others states

    • 22 October 2012 10:18, by Hardball

      Raam, that’s a very good question. It has to be a state funded scholarship; otherwise they cannot be that bald to do so.

      • 22 October 2012 10:33, by Joseph Canada

        50 from EE state because most of the other states were taken to Uganda through the stollen Money from the Corrupted leaders to their kids.

        • 22 October 2012 10:57, by Xeno

          Equatorians are talking about EDUCATION....and Nuers and Dinka are wrecking havoc about simple stuff that are no business to them. what a nation?

      • 22 October 2012 10:51, by Alierdit

        There is low educational statistical numbers in Eastern Equatoria therefore, they have to be considered by the government in that way.

        • 23 October 2012 14:04, by Makunon

          GOSS need to think twice when it come to decision making, 50 from EE alone is not a good decision.Low education in EE is not a logical argument becz statistics is not keeps in Palace when President doesn’t even attend educational meetings.

    • 22 October 2012 11:50, by Jonny

      Thanks to Ethiopia government but we didn’t deserve Diploma scholarship if you are a good friends.

    • 22 October 2012 12:52, by Diu J.Kuek

      Yes all can be from EE State wherever in our Country it still as part of South Sudan let’s wishes them for success.

  • 22 October 2012 11:54, by whatsayyou

    Why only Eastern equatoria alone deserved that scholarship?

  • 22 October 2012 12:32, by littlejimmy

    Dear fool, Dinka Dominated SPLA/M
    come on! stop response the after tribe, what i think you know too much is curreption, anyways u don’t know the meaning of Nyagat, keep your shit ass and your damp mouth silent.

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