Graduates pose for a picture during the graduation ceremony on the 8th June (photo by Peter Kajobe):
By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon
More than 45 students have graduated from Jonglei Christian Vocational Boarding School (JCVBS) on Thursday after successfully completing training in tailoring, computer, carpentry, electrical installation among other courses.
This was the seventh graduation anniversary of the Institute.
Jonglei Christian Vocational Boarding School (JCVBS) is funded by Starfish Foundation Christian, a joint donor by Dennis Cady and Chuck Dennis who are based in Europe.
In the statement read to the graduates, Dennis Cady and Chuck Dennis appreciated the graduates for the successful completion of their courses.
The two donors urged the graduates to remain innovative and become problem solvers in their communities.
”You have knowledge and skills which you did not have when you enrolled, go and buy tools and machines for yourselves and believe in yourself to prosper in your skills,” the statement read in part.
They said that that the graduates should be blessings to other people in the communities since they were fully trained.
The joint donors said there was need for South Sudanese to get enrolled in the vocational training because it will give them opportunities to develop the country.
Jonglei Minister of Education Mr. Ayom Mach Jok appreciated the students for their tireless struggle which made them able to complete their studies.
Jok advised the graduates not to aim at white collar jobs but should create an environment that would help them to assist local population.
”Don’t go and sleep. Go and tell other people that you have been trained by doing the real work to assist your communities. You need to become problem solvers in the societies,” said Jok.
Bashir Collins, Instructor for electrical installation urged the graduates and all South Sudanese who acquired vocational skills to be job creators in order to improve the livelihood of the citizens.
”After leaving here go and do something for yourself. You are capable of doing your own workshops, electrical installation; make your own tailoring point since you are thoroughly equipped,” Mr Collins said.
”For other citizens with developed skills let us help the communities because we are the mirrors of the societies,” he added.
Kon Abraham Khor, a graduate of Computer Technology promised to use the skills he acquired to help the civil population.
He urged the graduates to be effective rather than idling around after acquiring the skills.
The disabled, widows and those with financial problems were awarded with tailoring machines by the vocational school. They promised to use the machines to make their ends meet.