UNMISS promotes peace through sports in schools in Katire Payam
The schools in Katire learned how to play volleyball and demonstrated their football skills as the UNMISS field office in Torit donated sports equipment to foster active participation in playing games to promote peace and unity in the region. The items included volleyballs, footballs, nets, whistles, t-shirts, and caps among other items. The UNMISS has conducted similar activities in Hiyala and Magwi as well as Ngauro, Lotimor and Nanyangachor, in the Kapoeta area.
During the handing over of the Items, UNMISS Head of Field Office, Ms. Mary Cummins, explained to the pupils, parents, and teachers about the commitment of the mission to promote peace and unity through sports activities in the four primary schools in Katire payam, Geria, and Imotong.
Cummins said, “It is so much better and healthier if the children are able to play football and volleyball rather than fighting each other. When we play together, we make friends and grow together.”
Saturnine Emmanuel is a pupil of Katire primary school. He commended UNMISS for promoting sports amongst students. Emmanuel said, “I give thanks to UNMISS for the support of sports materials that will help improve our training in volleyball and football.”
“We thank you for the sports materials because we love sports and peace. We also ask UNMISS to help girls with other materials like sanitary items to improve their hygiene so they can continue to attend school all the time and not have to stay at home and miss out on our education”, said Dyana, a 14 years old female pupil of Katire primary school.
Katire primary school head teacher, Jackson Oboi admired the practical demonstration of playing volleyball by UNMISS Head of Field to the female pupils as they will learn to use the UNMISS donated sports materials.
“The UNMISS team has given good skills to my pupils to play volleyball during this visit today, and I know learning is a process, I ask UNMISS to continue developing the skills of my pupils in sports”, said Oboi.
In the Primary leaving examination results of last year, Katire Primary School became the second best performer in the State putting Geria County on the map of Counties with good primary schools in Imotong State.