UNMISS completes renovation of Pariang Primary School
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was organized on Thursday by the Bentiu-based Mongolian battalion (MONBATT) to mark the opening of the newly renovated Pariang Primary School in Unity state. Local dignitaries and UNMISS representatives were there to celebrate the occasion, addressing students and teachers of the school.
The initiative was first conceived by the Mongolian battalion in 2015, with construction beginning in 2017. The project began as a means to strengthen civil-military cooperation in the region and to support the development of education for South Sudanese children.
Over the course of two years, project engineers worked to design and complete the renovation of the school. Six blocks, each containing three classrooms and a teachers’ room, were constructed. Additionally, engineers crafted 64 student desks and chairs for the new school.
Mongolian peacekeepers also donated handcrafted toys, made of local materials, to the school children. Stuffed hearts and animals, wooden cars and sponge-bob dolls were distributed to the students.
The renovation of the school is now complete, with facilities capable of accommodating more than 700 children.