South Sudan First Lady calls for investment in children’s education
Ayen Mayardit, the wife of Salva Kiir Mayardit Sudan’s first vice president and President of the semi autonomous Government of Southern Sudan, called for investment in children’s education on Friday while addressing a one day women forum on referendum and child rights in Munuki, North West of Juba.
“The development of any nation depends entirely on education of its future leaders who are children. Therefore, educating children is the surest way to develop the nation, said Mayardit,” she said while declaring the forum open.
Mayardit, said the development of the human resource is the vision of government of the region and that this can only be achieved when there is meaningful investment in children’s education.
She urged parents to remain dedicated to sending their children to school to help develop the country as well as address the challenges of poverty and hunger in the country.
“It is an open secret that children in rural communities across south Sudan are the most vulnerable. So, every effort aimed at uplifting them from the threats of poverty, and giving them hope, is something all of us should be proud of and these can only be done by investing in their education,” said Mayardit.
Urging South Sudan’s Ministry of Education to give higher attention to orphans and children of other vulnerable groups in the region in scholarship opportunities, she said more technical schools should be opened to children of war victims.
“These technical trainings should include Information and Telecommunication Technology (ICT) to enable them to acquire skills and knowledge currently required in the labor market”, she said.
The first lady urged parents to take advantage of government’s education policy and send their children to school and ensure that they stay to complete at least basic education.
She also appealed to the young people to be disciplined, honest, respectful and patriotic and shun violence and other social vices