Friday 3rd October 2014 was a momentous day for the entire Gua Africa family. Four years ago the idea of training teachers was suggested by the team and it was quickly agreed to be an important way of promoting access to education for the people of South Sudan.
Last Friday saw the culmination of that idea in the graduation of our five Teacher Trainee students with a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. Throughout these four years all five students have been a credit to their community and have demonstrated the passion for education that runs through everything Gua Africa does.
The students should be congratulated for this wonderous achievement; they join a mere 2% of the South Sudanese teaching profession that are qualified up to degree level. Whilst this is a time for great celebration it is also important to look to the future. It was hoped four years ago that these newly qualified teachers would immediately return to teach in their home community in South Sudan and teach. Sadly due to the current political climate this is impossible.
Whilst monitoring the situation over the coming weeks, Gua Africa will be working closely with the graduates and partner NGOs to find them either paid or voluntary work teaching displaced South Sudanese children in the various refugee camps in neighbouring countries. That way they will gain valuable work experience as well as helping children who are suffering as they once did.
On behalf of the graduates we would like to thank you, Gua Africa's loyal donors, sponsors and supporters, for without your belief and support these teacher''s graduation would not have been possible.
Please note the above photo shows the graduates just after the ceremony when they have been decorated with lots of celebratory regailia given to them by friends and relatives.