In an effort to increase the civil military cooperation and community engagement, Indian peacekeepers participated in celebration events at St Andrews School in Bor town. The school had organized a day long celebration on April 7 to mark the excellent performance of students wherein the school was adjudged the best school in academic results in entire South Sudan.
In attendance were youth, school children, parents and guardians as well as important civil dignitaries including Education Minister Deng Deng Hoe Yai and Governor of Jonglei State, Philip Agur Panyang besides UNMISS Head of Field Office in the Greater Jonglei region, Deborah Schein. As part of the celebrations, the Pipe and Jazz band of Indian Contingent performed to the tunes of "Amazing Grace" and "We Shall Overcome". As His Grace Archbishop of Jonglei internal province Ruban Akurdit Ngong spoke, "The celebration highlights the theme of Together We Learn. There is no doubt that education and all round development of our children will only pave the way for resurrection of peace in South Sudan. Towards this UNMISS has a crucial role to play and we look forward to it."
Earlier in the day, Indian Peacekeepers organised various games for children of all age groups. More clapping was to follow when the prizes were distributed by UNMISS to the outstanding performers. "The sports competitions highlighted the need for espirit-de-corps and an all-inclusive team work, the core ingredients for the dreams of a peaceful future. We thank UNMISS for its efforts towards sustainable peace building", said John Malwal, the head teacher of the school during the event. Governor of Jonglei State. Philip Agur Panyang lauded the efforts of UNMISS towards increased people to people contact and playing a decisive role in the quest of peace and development.