On July 10th 2018 was a very exciting day at Solidarity Teacher Training College, Yambio. The reason for the excitement was the visit to the college of Mr. David Shearer of New Zealand, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
On arrival at the college, Mr. Shearer and the UN delegation were greeted by a guard of honour of Solidarity student teachers, singing songs of welcome. The visitors were then formally welcomed by Br. Methodius Kuusoru, who also gave a short history of the college. The student representative, Mr. John Dau addressed the gathering and thanked UNMISS for assisting with the security of Gbudue State, which in turn assured the students of their safety while at the college.
Mr. David Shearer then addressed the gathering and revealed that he began his career as a teacher. He went on to encourage the teacher trainees, reminding them that even if everything else was stolen from them, their education could never be taken away. He described teaching as ‘the noblest of professions’ and invited them to think about the difference they will make in the lives of thousands of children in the years to come, if they continue to teach.
The student teachers then entertained the visitors with a wonderful drama and colourful traditional dances, which were greatly enjoyed and appreciated by the visitors.
We thank UNMISS for the great work they are doing in South Sudan and we especially thank them for the privilege of their visit to the college.
Please continue to pray for peace in South Sudan.