I want to be a teacher

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Basamat Osman Atom, from the Blue Nile region of Sudan, is training to be a teacher with the support of JRS in Maban, South Sudan (Photo: Nyamweya Omari)

Basamat Osman Atom was born just a few kilometres away from Maban, in a small market centre known as Jam in Blue Nile State, Sudan. Her story is one of resilience and deep determination.

’I was born in 1996 to Sarah and Osman Atom, and I am the oldest in a family of six girls and one boy.Before I joined the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Teacher Training Programme in Maban, I was an untrained volunteer teacher at a school in the camps. I am now in my second semester and expect to complete my Certificate in Primary Education course in December 2019.

Investing in Peace Through Education

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Elias Arkangelo at Loyola Secondary School in Wau, South Sudan

Education is a tool not only for imparting knowledge, but for achieving societal and political change.

This month, our colleague Noelle Fitzpatrick left Ireland for South Sudan, to take up a post as Country Director with the Jesuit Refugee Service. On a visit to the country last August for the Xavier Network, a group of 13 Jesuit organisations who work together for global justice, she visited Loyola Secondary School, in Wau and was touched by a story of resilience and courage from a young boy she met there.

Counselling is a tool for survival

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Nyawuok in conversation with a client during a home visit in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya 

‘My name is Nyawuok Chuol Mut. I am a South Sudanese refugee. My day starts at 6.00am, when I begin to the normal household chores like cleaning the house and my compound, before preparing breakfast. At around 7.30am, I start my journey to the work place, which takes me 30 minutes . I work for Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), in Kakuma refugee camp in the Turkana west part of Kenya as a Psychosocial Community Counsellor.

Recollection of Rwandan Genocide

Rwanda webJohn Guiney SJ was working in St Joseph the Worker Parish in Kangemi, Nairobi at the time of the Rwandan genocide. On its 25th anniversary, he recalls how refugees from the conflict streamed into the country at that time, looking for safety.

Investing in Peace Through Education

Untitled design 10Education is a tool not only for imparting knowledge, but for achieving societal and political change.

“Preventing war is the work of politicians, establishing peace is the work of educationists.”  Maria Montessori

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