Juba University Students trained on peace building

By: Bullen Bala Alexander

About 30 students are undergoing eleven-day training at the University of Juba on peace building, governance and media.

The training is supported by the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in partnership with Institute of Peace, Development and Security Studies (IPDSS) at the higher institution of learning.

Speaking during the opening session yesterday, the Director for IPDSS Prof. Samson Wassara said training would cover three pillars including peace building, conflicts transformation, good governance and the media.

He said the training was added to the effort in the search for peace and how people could be put in the mood of peace in the country.

“What we are doing now is search for peace, and search for peace means people are put in the mood and if people are put and have the mood definitely people will change their behaviors and attitudes towards peace,” Wassara explained.

He said the message that people will get is that this are the youth, and the future of the country depends on the future of today to have the vision for tomorrow

He said what they were doing now was for the betterment of tomorrow, adding that no one knows what would happen tomorrow but they wanted to change that tomorrow not to be taken like today or yesterday.

“We want to choose best methodology which can fit each group which can be interactive and must be participant centered not like the normal lecture,” Wassara said.

He said training would not be like lecturing but the trainees are expected to generate their topic for discussion so as to reach final analysis and report.

The Deputy Director of IPDSS Dr. Moria Awet said the training was organized so that the students were trained could share the knowledge with their colleagues in the country.

“The main aim of the training is to contextualize the knowledge from outside after that then it is applied, so they ask us to contextualize the course they did,” Awet said.

He said workshop will be interactive trying to put things that they have studied in Kenya into our situation here in South Sudan

Dr. Awet said the training was homemade salutation, and simply looking for the theories of good governance, peace and media to be contextualize in our situation in South Sudan

“What I want from our people I need to have their punctuality. They have to think by themselves and they do not need any solution from outside they just need to think within their context in order to move ahead,” Dr. Awet said.

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