Tong declares free education for martyrs’ children

Governor of Northern Bhar el Ghazal, Tong Akeen waving at students (Photo: office of the governor – Northern Bhar el Ghazal)

By William Madouk Garang

The governor of Northern Bhar el Ghazal State (NBGs), Tong Akeen Ngor has directed the state ministry of General Education & Instructions to allow martyrs’ children to access free education at public schools in Aweil.

Governor Akeen revealed this on Friday during the launching of “Back to school Campaign” organized by State Ministry of General Education & Instructions with partners in Nyamlel of Aweil West County.

Addressing the gathering, governor Akeen advised the school children to turn away from immoral and unethical activities and instructed education authorities to ensure martyrs’ kids are granted free education.

“…the State Government will look for more Scholarship opportunities from the National [government] to engage our children to go for further studies abroad” Tong said.

“Therefore, the Ministry of General Education and Instruction is directed to allow children of Martyrs to study at public schools for free,” Akeen instructed.

He assured the local residents that his government has embarked on renovating schools across state to create favourable learning environment for learners in Northern Bhar el Ghazal State.

Governor Akeen acknowledged the roles played by education partners, adding that NBGs University will open some of its colleges this year to fight illiteracy in the state.

“The University of NBGs is going to open its colleges this year especially the school of Nursing and public health which will help the State in so many ways. Such as, improvement of Education system, combating of illiteracy among other Educational and Economic benefits,” he disclosed.

Santino Bol Akok, the state Minister of General Education and Instruction appreciated the teachers for their tireless efforts and in investing knowledge to the young school children.

Minister Akok explained that his docket’s top priorities are quality education and to make sure that no single child is left behind but rather education for all.

Back to learning is a campaign will be conducted across the five Counties in Aweil meant to raise awareness among communities and parents about the important of education.

It also helps to engage and inform stakeholders on the challenges of enrollment & retention and to mobilize the learners to go back to school among others.

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