By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
The Ghana Independent Infantry Company (GHANCOY 1), in collaboration with the Relief, Rehabilitation and Protection (RRP) department of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Aweil Field Office, has commenced a programme to teach Aweil National Secondary School, (the only government Senior High school in the area) English Language, Mathematics and Christian Religious Education.
The teaching program, which forms part of the military company’s Civil Military Coopeartion (CIMIC), is targeted at a fraction of the student population of 1,214, mainly forms three (3) and four (4) and started in the Aweil Township on Wednesday 12 June 2019, to help prepare the final year students for their final examination in December 2019.
Communicating with Peace Journal on the initiative, the Press & Information Officer (PIO) of GHANCOY 1, Captain (Capt) Maxwell M Asola-Fadola, said the programme is in line with the CIMIC agenda of the Commander of GHANCOY 1 – Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Felix Kweku Mautsueni, for the duration of the tour of duty.
Capt Asola-Fadola said that the aim of the teaching programme is geared towards the achievement of the Company’s goals as Peacekeepers and aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the people of Aweil and South Sudan at large.
The PIO continued that having realized the potentials of some of the Officers of his Company, Lt Col Mautsueni factored teaching into his CIMIC agenda, in the aforementioned subjects, to help prepare the final year students especially for their final examination, come December 2019.
The Headmaster of the School – Mr Philip Upathio, said that the school was one of the few government Senior High schools countrywide and the only one in Aweil still in operation.
Headmaster Upathio said since 2010, when the school was opened, it has faced several challenges of which donors like the World Food Programme (WFP) and others, have been of immense assistance and the education authorities were intrigued to know that, soldiers from the much-spoken of Ghana, had come to offer free teaching assistance to the school.
He finally added that, the school’s doors were opened for further assistance in the form of text books, writing materials, stationeries etc. a plea to which response, the military team of teachers informed him that, Lt Col FK Mautsueni had already released funds to provide students with reading and other learning materials.
The teaching team was led by Capt MM Asola-Fadola and included Capt B Danquah, Lt Abdul-Rahim Yamusah and Lt HD Saani, whiles Lessons began outright with English Language taken by Lt Abdul-Rahim Yamusah with the form 4 Arts & Science classes combined.