Bangladeshi peacekeepers support the S. Sudan education sector in donating scholastic materials to Loyola Secondary School.
The Bangladeshi Peacekeeping component of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) delivered school supplies to students at Loyola Secondary School in Wau, Western Bahr el Ghazal, on Friday.
Among the items were textbooks, pencils, handbags, balls, and facemasks.
Speaking during the distribution of the supplies, the Civil Engineering Officer of the Bangladesh battalion, Lt. Col. Mohamud Mizan, said that the battalion is dedicated to assisting the country’s education sector.
“Today’s (Friday) program is that we are supporting games, sports, and education at Loyola High School.
They requested help with specific school supplies since they did not have them, as well as playground leveling, via our field office,” Col. Mizan added.
“We requested the Chinese engineering company to repair the ground, but for the time being, we are giving them with these school supplies and standing beside them.”
He said that since their arrival in Wau earlier this year, the group had provided stationery and textbooks to 5,000 students in ten schools in Dakar, Bangladesh.
Some of the children who spoke with Radio Tamazuj expressed gratitude for the help.
Nowoela Hassan Juma, a senior two student, said, “I am delighted and grateful for the gifts that they have provided us.” I’ve enjoyed playing football since I was in elementary school.”
Another student, Lusia Asem, urged her classmates to enjoy the gifts while continuing their studies.
The school’s principal, Rev. Father John Batista, said he was delighted since the present came at the right time.
“We are extremely pleased with the visitors from UNMISS, especially from Battalion 4 of the Bangladesh peacekeeping mission here in Wau. As you can see, the kids were overjoyed to see other faces in the complex, as well as the symbolic gifts they brought us,” Rev. Batista said.