Sudan -El Fasher, 19 November 2017
Rwanda Peacekeepers (RWANBATT50) serving under African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation (UNAMID) in North Darfur handed over a newly constructed secondary school to the Community of Darfur on 18 November 2017. The inaugurated NUSAIBAH Girls Secondary School is located in AL SALAAM Internally Displaced Persons Camp (IDP) in Darfur, Republic of Sudan.
The school construction project valued to $ 50,000 was sponsored by UNAMID Christian Followership (UCF) and implemented by Rwanda Peacekeepers (RWANBATT50) deployed in Sector North Darfur as part of the Mission’s Quick Impact Projects programme.
The project was implemented in three phases and in Phase one, RWANBATT 44 constructed two classrooms, one Office and the fence. In phase two RWANBATT 47 constructed three classrooms and one Office. RWANBATT 50 constructed five classrooms in the last phase and the school can accommodate by now over 900 students.
On behalf of the Rwanda Peacekeepers, Maj Emery KAYUMBA the second in command of RWANBATT50 thanked all people who partook in the construction of NUSAIBAH Girls Secondary School. He noted that the school would contribute to creating a good conducive environment for educating and empowering the girls of DARFUR. “Without education there’s no prosperity and sustainable peace” he said. He further urged the school administration, local leaders and especially the students to do their best in order to maintain the school for their benefits and future generation.
The Director of the School Adam SULEIMAN RIZIQ thanked the Rwanbatt50 and UNAMID Christian Fellowship for their contribution to develop education in Darfur. He said that the students were suffering from the bad status of the old school, “thank you for constructing a modern school in durable materials, this school is a memory and also another opportunity to strength the relationship between the Rwandan and Darfur communities”, he stated.
On behalf of the UNAMID leadership, the Force commander Lt Gen Leonard M. NGONDI commended the courage and tireless efforts of Rwanda Peacekeepers and UNAMID Christian Fellowship in Darfur for constructing NUSAIBAH Girls Secondary School. He advised the students of this school to make full use of the facility to acquire education “because it will make you what you are inspiring to be in the future; all these leaders present here were once wearing a school uniform like you in their past”, he reminded the students.
Abdulrahaman Shanan Deputy Commission of El Fasher locality on behalf of the Commissioner of El Fasher thanked the Peacekeepers for the great job of the constructing Nusaibah Girls Secondary school. “We assure you that the established covenant between Rwanda and all the people of Darfur, especially to the people of Al salaam IDP camp, stays in the memories of these students endlessly. Those who don’t thank people don’t thank God, we thank you!” He underscored.
UNAMID dignitaries including UNAMID Force Commander Lt Gen Leonard M NGONDI from Kenya, Sector North Commander Brig Gen Mazhar Hussein, Sector North Police Commander, and Rwanda Contingent Commander Col Simon Ndamukunda graced on one hand the handover ceremony. The Deputy Commission of El Fasher locality, Police and local community on the other hand represented the Government of Sudan. Rwanda Peacekeepers and Sudan national cultural dances were displayed to entertain the handover ceremony.