Investment in education is critical for social-economic transformation, says Chinese diplomat

The revitalized transitional government of national unity (R-TGoNU) has been advised to increase investment in education sector in order for the country to realize social-economic transformation.
Ma Wenjun, Deputy Head of Mission at the Chinese Embassyin South Sudan (Left) hands over a gift on Saturday to Santo Malek Anai, the SPLM Secretary for Political Affairs, Mobilization and Organization in Juba.

By Simon Deng

The revitalized transitional government of national unity (R-TGoNU) has been advised to increase investment in education sector in order for the country to realize social-economic transformation.

Ma Wenjun, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Chinese Embassy in South Sudan, said during the thanksgiving ceremony for the graduates from Malek Payam of Yirol East County on Saturday in Juba, that educating young people will help the country attain socio-economic development.

“We believe that education is one of the most important factors for development in South Sudan, it is also the area that China is trying to pay attention to under different cooperation agreements between China and South Sudan,” Ma said.

The ceremony organized at the home of Santo Malek Anai, the Secretary for Political Affairs, Mobilization and Organization for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party was attended by Daniel Awet Akot, the Second Chairman for SPLM, and Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the former Minister of Presidential Affairs.

“I hope young people can take advantage of the knowledge you learn abroad to make this youngest country in the world better and more prosperous,” Ma said.

Ma revealed that the Chinese government in 2023 trained more than 300 South Sudan government officials, teachers, journalists and people from all walks of life.

He said that the Chinese government has built several primary and secondary schools, adding that it also printed millions of textbooks under the China-Aided Phase II Technical Cooperation Project of Education in South Sudan.

Santo Malek Anai, the SPLM Secretary for Political Affairs, Mobilization and Organization, said that China has not only supported South Sudan in education but also provided vital humanitarian assistance to the country.

 “I am so grateful for China as a nation and it’s people and government, I am not talking in terms of the relations, China has done much in education and capacity building,” Anai said.

He said China is a strategic partner of South Sudan, adding that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the SPLM party are already working closely together on several pertinent issues of mutual interest for both sides.

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