South Sudan’s central state of Jubek have inaugurated Jubek Model Secondary School built with support from the Chinese government.
The new school located in the suburb of Gudele, west of the South Sudanese capital of Juba, is built using a grant of 8 million U.S. dollars provided by China to construct two schools in South Sudan.
The 2,200-square-meter facility comprises of 16 class rooms that can accommodate about 1000 students, running water and a 24-hour solar power.
Jubek State Governor Augustino Jadalla Wani said Friday the new school is going to fight congestion in public schools and also reduce the cost of traveling long distance by secondary school students.
He lauded Beijing’s efforts to continue seeking lasting peace and stability in South Sudan, adding that China’s support to South Sudan’s oil, construction and education sectors would help shore up the young East African country into prosperity.
“Lack of public schools in the capital has been a major problem to our children because most schools are located east of Juba. I sincerely congratulate and thank the People’s Republic of China for this great offer. I hope this school is going to be among the best schools in the whole country,” Wani said.
Minister of Education Wani Sule advised the school management to maintain the modern facilities with proper, cautioning the local community against theft of solar panels and other property.
On his part, Zhang Yi, Economic and Commercial Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in South Sudan said the successful completion of the project signals China’s good and sincere friendship with South Sudan.
Zhang revealed that China had contributed toward construction of two other Schools (Yapa and China Friendship Secondary schools) in Jubek state, totaling to three China-aided secondary schools.
In addition to building schools, the Chinese government will embark on capacity building for South Sudanese teachers, Zhang pledged.