SOUTH SUDAN / YAMBIO EDUCATION

12-Jul-2018 00:02:02
A teacher training college operating in the midst of ongoing violence in South Sudan is helping educate and heal young people so they can do the same for the next generation. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / YAMBIO EDUCATION
TRT: 02:02
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

DATELINE: 12 JULY 2018, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, teacher trainees in a line singing
2. Wide shot, teacher trainees singing
3. Wide shot, UNMISS SRSG being greeted by Sister Margaret of the Solidarity School
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sister Margaret Scott, Solidarity South Sudan:
“For them, it’s like a vocation, it’s not a job. It’s a vocation they believe in and they are doing. They want to help their people. They often talk about giving something to the younger generation and I think that’s a good way to approach education.”
5. Med shot, teacher trainee reciting a poem
6. Close up, female trainee
7. Wide shot, trainees seated
8. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“When you look at the enthusiasm of those kids, they’re looking to the future of their country. You can’t do anything better than to educate people. They might lose their house or their job or their car or whatever possessions but you can’t take away an education. This is a country where female education is at 16 per cent, that is 1-6 percent. If you can educate more girls in South Sudan, you will make the most profound difference to this country we can ever make and that’s what they’re doing there. Fantastic.”
9. Various shots, trainees participating in a drama
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Gisma Taban, Teacher Trainee:
“I will give them hope, I will give them love, peace, how to share things, how to live together. I will encourage them. That’s why I want to be a teacher.”
11. Med shot, UNMISS SRSG speaking to trainees
12. Wide shot, trainees seated
13. Close up, trainee listening
STORYLINE
A teacher training college operating in the midst of ongoing violence in South Sudan is helping educate and heal young people so they can do the same for the next generation.

Solidarity South Sudan has already trained about 200 new teachers in Yambio, many of whom are now working in schools across the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sister Margaret Scott, Solidarity South Sudan:
“For them, it’s like a vocation, it’s not a job. It’s a vocation they believe in and they are doing. They want to help their people. They often talk about giving something to the younger generation and I think that’s a good way to approach education.”

Sister Margaret Scott from Our Lady of the Missions in New Zealand has been working alongside volunteers from around the world to train young teachers in South Sudan for ten years. The Solidarity organization she works for is funded by international donors who want to contribute to peace-building and development in the conflict-affected.

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan met the students on a visit to Yambio in the Western Equatorias. As a former teacher himself, he says education is the most powerful gift you can give a child.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“When you look at the enthusiasm of those kids, they’re looking to the future of their country. You can’t do anything better than to educate people. They might lose their house or their job or their car or whatever possessions but you can’t take away an education. This is a country where female education is at 16 per cent, that is 1-6 per cent. If you can educate more girls in South Sudan, you will make the most profound difference to this country we can ever make and that’s what they’re doing there. Fantastic.”

Many teachers in South Sudan have not been paid for months, but the young trainees are motivated to enter the profession because they want to give children who are suffering the opportunity to reach their full potential.

SOUNDBITE (English) Gisma Taban, Teacher Trainee:
“I will give them hope, I will give them love, peace, how to share things, how to live together. I will encourage them. That’s why I want to be a teacher.”

In many other parts of the country, young people from different tribes are fighting each other over ethnic differences but, at Solidarity, they are united by a passion for learning and sharing knowledge with others.
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