Fortify Education

When things go wrong, blames are always on our necks. In the views of some foreigners or communities around us, they have to say that problems in South Sudan are due to lack of proper understandings because people are illiterate. People easily disagree because of tribal mentality, having in minds that they are better than others or that they are left behind in everything.

It is being said that we are not educated and for this reason, we are not capable of preventing and solving problems. So what is the solution? Standing up from all backgrounds and enrolling to school will make us learn new things about ourselves, cultures and that of the world too. If everyone goes to school, he or she would study and acquire knowledge. One would also leave apart weird traditions and get socialized. Education is being referred to as key or vehicle to success but do we really know why?

When we go to school, we meet different people from different societies. We get people with different behaviors, attitudes, skills and talents. Thus, education breaks down our differences and makes us one family. A family of learned and civilized people. Are you in this family?

As some of you have gone to school, you know better how the environment seems like.  There is peace, unity, love, togetherness and determination.  School children are considered as one family because they interact, care and struggle together. Going to school as students shows that we are preparing ourselves to be some symbols of change for our country in the future.

Education is important because it is a tool to help prepare us for prosperous silvery life. Not only can we learn the basic skills to read, write, and do arithmetic but also learn about people, places, and nature.  School is important because it is a tool to help prepare us for life.

I am kindly appealing to the Minister of Education to make sure that education is the best thing this young people can have at this juncture. As education cannot wait, the government needs to work hard to build schools, give salaries to teachers on time, as a motivation and also provide scholastic materials.

The future of these young people is in your hands as leaders. They don’t have any alternative. You are the ones to improve the system of education. Make provisions of text books for studying.

Try to purchase some school buses to carry students and pupils to school. Build enough classrooms. Now the students don’t have libraries, laboratories. Without these facilities, students would face a lot of challenges especially when attempting hard subjects such as Chemistry and physics.

These are your children that you are preparing to be successors.  Someone once said; “when the student is well prepared, the teacher arrives.” If these students and pupils are well taught, there will not be a need to look for teachers.

So if you are now doing right things, then let them learn and take you as exemplars.  A child always does what the parent does. So the leaders especially the ones controlling education should make studies exclusive. Taking children to school will let them forget the differences and study as one people knowing what they want to achieve in the future.

Let the ministry work cooperatively with other organizations to increase effectiveness of education in South Sudan. As I am complaining here, there are some children who still learn under trees because they don’t have classes. They don’t have school basic needs. Teachers are not enough and even not trained on how to teach.

For these problems to be solved, services have to be taken to the people. I have seen that good excesses are only found in towns but the rural areas are left behind. We need to be equal in all ways. In terms of education, let the young and the old people who missed the chance to go to school and study. It is not too late.

Life without skills and good ideas cannot be smooth. So when people are educated, they would know the right things to do and say. An educated person is usually a peace maker with wise mind that does not judge people basing on where they are from or how they look. Literate people try to solve problems instead of creating them. Therefore, South Sudan will change when the wrong brains are changed into positivity.

By Akol Arop Akol

The writer is a high school student reachable via Email: akol.akol49@gmail.com

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