South Sudan

UNMISS hands over school building to Wau municipality

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31 March 2015 - Wau municipality in Western Bahr El Ghazal State (WBEG) today has received a school building, handed over by UNMISS as one of the mission’s Quick Impact Projects (QIP). The QIP was implemented by the mission’s Kenyan Battalion, KENBATT.

The school built is worth 46,000 USD and is an expansion of Pian Tok Co-Education Primary School, including classrooms and administration offices.

UNMISS State Coordinator, Mr. Mustapha Tejan-Kella, handed over the school WBEG’s State Ministry of Education officials and stated that UNMISS will continue to support the state administration development endeavors.

“Education shapes citizens and a nation as whole,” Mr. Mustapha said.

He also urged the state authorities and the school community to properly handle the school building and maintain it regularly.

He recalled the many challenges the head master and teachers have been used to face.

“Teachers had no proper office to deal with their students,” he said and expressed his belief that the new school building will contribute a lot to solving their problems.

He also thanked the mission’s Relief, Reintegration & Protection section (RRP), the school community and the Kenyan Battalion for contributing to the construction of the building.

Mr. Gabriel Goly, Director of Education of Wau County, stressed that this new school building will ensure access and quality of education.

“You are the eyes and future of South Sudan,” Mr. Gabriel told the students and urged them to take care of the facility.

He also called on UNMISS to continue its support to the state with projects like this one, with a tangible impact on the wellbeing of the community.

On the occasion, the Kenyan Battalion that implemented the project also donated four tables to be used in the teachers’ offices.