August 15, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL
(JUBA) – The government of the Peoples’ Republic of China has offered scholarships to at least 29 South Sudanese students in the fields of science and technology. Speaking at the handover event in Juba, the Chinese ambassador to South Sudan, Hua Ning said the scholarships were part of Beijing’s efforts to boost peace and development in Africa’s newest nation.
“Today I have the great pleasure to meet so many outstanding young South Sudanese who are going to China to pursue your dreams and also those who have finished your study in China and returned to South Sudan,” Hua was quoted saying on Thursday.
“I see in all of you the hope of South Sudan and the future of China-South Sudan relations,” he added.
The envoy further said the Asian country aims to strengthen its bilateral relations and friendship with South Sudan under the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which will see Juba benefiting from trade and infrastructure development funded by the Chinese government.
“China is willing to work with South Sudan to implement the outcomes of the FOCAC Beijing summit and the consensus between our two heads of state, and strengthen cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, agriculture, education, health and energy, bringing bilateral relations to a new level,” he observed.
He expressed hopes that the fresh students will cherish the rare opportunity, observe Chinese laws and regulations and university rules during their stay in China, study hard, live in harmony with the teachers and students of the school and the Chinese people, gain an in-depth understanding of China’s development and changes, and contribute to the development of South Sudan and the friendship between the two countries after the completion of the study.
On his part, the minister of general education, Deng Deng Hoc lauded China for assisting the young nation ridden by conflict.
“China is a very close ally and friend of South Sudan it has been our friend for a very long time it has been our friend at the time of need and therefore it’s a friend indeed. We are grateful to the people and the government of the People’s Republic of China for all the support that we received over the years in various fields notably in the field of oil sector, education and health,” said Deng.
He said South Sudan needs educated people to achieve vision 2040.
“We cannot achieve that without our people getting opportunities to be able to learn and specialize to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitude needed for us to develop South Sudan to become the country we want,” he stressed.
Representatives of fresh students and fresh graduates thanked Chinese government for providing opportunities for South Sudanese students to study further in China. They promised to study hard, obey the law of China, demonstrate the good spirits of young students from South Sudan, live up to the expectations of their families and the two governments, contribute to peace, stability and national development of South Sudan and the friendship between South Sudan and China.
South Sudan has one of the highest rates of illiteracy in the world, a high proportion of children are out of school.