Students urged to fight ignorance

By Bullen Bala Alexander

A senior lecturer at the University of Juba has urged students to fight ignorance in the country.

Adam Cholong, acting Dean of Students’ Affairs said despite being one of the world’s richest countries in cultures and natural resources, South Sudan remained down by “ignorance.”

“Let us fight not ourselves but ignorance, we fight diseases, we fight poverty this is where we are to go,” he said.

He made the remark during a High-Level Panel Discussion on Human Rights (HLPDHR) organized by the School of Law Oratory Club (SLOC) in collaboration with United Nations Development Progamme.

The scholar urged the students to go back to their roots of economy, referring to agriculture.

“We must go back to the roots, the roots of agriculture. We are agriculturists being nomadic, or farmers and soon all of us must go back to cultivate,” Chalong urged

However, he urged the students to use the discussion on human rights to open their eyes and minds to fight the illiteracy and poverty in the country.

The acting Dean of Students’ Affairs said the discussion came at right time to lead the students to right direction as everybody were looking forward to seeing the revitalized peace agreement succeeds.

Chalong compared the small group discussion with the beginning of civilization, “It is the beginning of the civilization, civilization starts with such small initiatives that empowers and educates the young generation in the country.”

El. Faki Chol Lual, Dean of School of Law at the University of Juba appreciated the students for initiating the programme to discuss human rights issues on academic.

He said South Sudan have been effected in negative concepts tribalism, regionalism, racialism and many other concepts.

Lual said it was only through debates and dialogue that those negative practices can be changed.

He said the word rights can be positive or negative, saying when the citizens implement human rights in their own national contents they would understand it better as not something imposed on them.

“We want to understand the human rights in our own thinking, it is not something to be imposed on us or the thinking of outsiders we should own it and should make it in the same with our laws,” he explained.

Lual added that respect of human rights, rule of law, implementation of democracy and accountability are requirements for social political stability in the country and without them there would be no peace.

He said it is the responsibility of everybody to promote the context of human rights in the country.

Deng’kuo Mading, President of SLOC said the discussion aims at bringing  students, relevant public and humanitarian organizations together to inform them on how best outstanding human rights issues could be addressed.


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