UNMISS hands over primary school and bore holes in Gogrial West

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VIPs, and a dog, heading to inspect the new school in Gogrial West County as it is handed over by UNMISS. Photos: Zejin Yin/UNMISS

26 Jul 2022

UNMISS hands over primary school and bore holes in Gogrial West

Zejin Yin

WARRAP- "For nine years, our school was under the trees. But now, with the new classrooms, we will be able to continue classes even when it rains," says Rejina Akieu, a student benefitting from the construction of Rialdit Primary School.

Apart from the primary school, set to be enjoyed by hundreds of students, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), will also hand over three bore holes to the Rialdit community in Gogrial West County. All this infrastructure is funded by the peacekeeping mission’s Quick Impact Project initiative: low-cost assistance capable of making a swift and significant contribution to the standard of living in local communities.

Not only Rialdit but also neighbouring communities will be able to use clean water from the bore holes, to be built by local organization Community Initiative Development Agency, and a new school, with a total of tens of thousands of citizens standing to benefit from the projects.

"Our women will no longer have to walk for hours to fetch clean water. The bore holes can also reduce the occurrence of diseases, so I urge everyone to take good care of these facilities so that we can all make use of them,” said Deng Deng, the Rialdit Chief.

Warrap’s State Minister of Education, Kuot Deng Kuot, praised the UNMISS initiative as it is in line with the ambitions of local authorities.

“We have always believed that expanding access to education is necessary to advance society and our nation. This is the only school in the area, which means that we are one step closer to achieving our goals," Mr. Kuot said.

According to UNMISS representative Andrew Elibe, the school construction was not part of the original plan.

“We came here to evaluate the feasibility of drilling bore holes, but when we saw the students having their classes under the trees, we wanted to add a suitable space for studies as well,” he said.