Story by Ephraim Modi D.S
The Minister of General Education and Instruction, Awut Deng Achuil has acknowledged her readiness to enrich her educational capacity by enrolling back to school.
Awut gave her assurance to get back to class, while speaking at the official opening of the Berberi Academy for Training and Learning (BATL) a new high institution of learning in Juba.
The Minister’s interest comes after, Lawrence Korbandy who serves as a Commissioner for Oath at South Sudan Associated Advocates strongly emphasized on the leaders of the country to enhance their capacity by joining such academies.
While expressing her desire to buy Korbandy’s idea coupled with the inauguration of the Berberi institution, Minister Awut Deng proclaimed that many will find themselves at the academy who later will have aptitude to join the learning institutions.
“I am sure many of us will find themselves here, and I will also register myself as a student,” Awut assured.
The Minister of General Education said she strongly believe that the academy will deliver the expected outcomes that will improve the input in the country’s institutions, organizations and at personal level.
She anticipated that the performance of the newly launched institutions is going to be a role model crucial to the country education sector, adding that the country is yarning to raise its capacity to improve service delivery for the people.
The Minister also said the inauguration of the institution which is just two-three days to the celebration of the country’s 11th independence anniversary is just like a gift to the hard won independent which to her was a great day that is going to contribute to develop the country.
She applauded Dr. Salwa, the Executive Director and owner of the Berberi institute and its board members for the milestones reached so far.
The Minister of Presidential Affairs Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin urged the government to create relationship with the educational institutions that are established to build up capacity of the people in the country.
“Our government, other government should really have a very strong relationship with any institution that is established,” Marial emphasized.
He said such institutions are important to the country and that in other countries like United Kingdom and United States are usually assisted by the government by at least the basic needs.
“Our country is still having a lot of challenges as such there is still a lot of room for growth in order for us to reach the potential we deserve, this is where institutions such as this comes in,” Minister Marial told gathering.
BATL is an educational institution that specializes in capacity building and skills development of people in public domain, private business, as well as in non-profit sector and at personal levels.
South Sudan National Organization’s institutional capacity is an item that has been debated in various discussions and has given rise to multiple capacity building initiatives among both national and international actors in the country.
In May 2021, the East African Community General Assembly pledged to put institutional strengthening and capacity building across all sectors at the forefront of integrating South Sudan into the East African Community.