El Fasher - Darfur, 24 October 2019
In all the peacekeeping missions, RDF troops have introduced initiatives aimed at contributing to physical security and addressing pressing issues of human security as the bedrock of sustainable peace. Initiatives such as firewood patrols, construction of energy saving stoves, and construction of schools and health centers fall into this category. These come on top of the core UN mandated military tasks.
It is in that spirit that Rwandan peacekeepers yesterday officially handed over a newly constructed secondary school in El Salaam IDP Camp, El Fasher – Darfur. NUSAIBAH Girls’ secondary school was previously constructed with rudimentary materials and with a grass roof.
Rwandan Battalions provided their engineers and manpower to build a modern structure with a capacity to accommodate 800 students
NUSAIBAH Girls’ secondary school has now 14 classrooms and four offices that have been constructed in collaboration with Rwandan Battalions and the UNAMID Christian Fellowship.
“Today we are glad to receive a complete school for our students. The school will not only be used by El-salaam IDP camp citizens but also those in the surrounding areas,” the school Headteacher Adam Suleiman Muhamad noted during handover ceremony.
While speaking at the event, the Guest of Honor and Secretary General from the Governor’s office, Brig Gen Muhamad Ibrahim, applauded the contribution of RDF peacekeepers towards socio-economic development in El-Salaam area, adding that, “this serves as a symbol of love and partnership between Rwanda and Sudan.”
In his speech to the gathering, Lt Col Bosco Rugema, the Commanding Officer RWANBATT 52 said that the school serves as a knot of friendship between Rwanda and Sudan. “In Rwanda, the supporting culture is not a sign of wealth but a sign of love, value and honor.”