From UNMISS GHANCOY 1 Desk
The Ghana Independent Infantry Company (GHANCOY 1) commanded by Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Felix Kweku Mautsueni in Aweil, serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), has donated assorted textbooks, footballs and jerseys to two schools in Aweil Center.
The schools that benefited from the GHANCOY 1 benevolence on Wednesday 14 August 2019, were the Aweil National Senior High School – which the Company has adopted – and the St. Maria Gorreti Senior High School, who both received text books on English, Mathematics and Christian Religious Studies, as well as sets of footballs and jerseys.
According to the Press and Information Officer (PIO) of GHANCOY 1, Captain (Capt) MM Asola-Fadola, the donation forms part of measures to improve the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) between GHANCOY 1 and the local populace, aimed at winning their hearts and minds to ensure a successful tour of duty.
The Officer Commanding (OC) GHANCOY 1, Lt Col Mautsueni, handing over the items to the headmasters of both schools in separate ceremonies, stressed that, peace will only prevail with education through which there will be development, hence the gesture to aid teaching and learning in the schools.
He added that the footballs and the jerseys were to aid students indulge in physical activities to improve their overall well being, reiterating the saying, ‘all work and no play, makes jack a dull boy’.
The headmasters of the schools, Mr Philip Upathio Ajang (Aweil National SHS), and Mr Jok Bor Jok (St. Maria Gorreti SHS), praised GHANCOY 1 for the initiative and indicated that the gesture had created an indelible relationship between the schools and GHANCOY 1, and the UN as a whole.
The GHANCOY 1 CIMIC team, Director General of Education for Aweil State – Mr Zakaria Bak and the Relief, Reintegration and Protection (RRP) cell of UNMISS Aweil Field Office played liaison in diverse ways in the realization of these events.