On Thursday, February 8, Rwanda Formed Police Unit One (RWAFPU-1) contingent deployed in Malakal, Upper Nile State under the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), donated assorted scholastic materials to about 900 vulnerable pupils of Intersos and Salama II primary schools.
The two primary schools are located inside Malakal Protection of Civilians (PoC) site, which is under the protection of the Rwandan Formed Police Unit contingent.
The items handed to the headteachers by the contingent commander, Senior Superintendent of Police SSP Speciose Dusabe, include 3,000 exercise books and 2,916 pens.
The humanitarian activity was also attended by local leaders, the local Police and other peacekeepers deployed in Malakal Field Office.
The headteachers thanked the Rwandan peacekeepers for supporting the vulnerable children, whose families were displaced by violent conflicts.
"We appreciate the support by Rwandan peacekeepers, they are always close to us not only to provide our security but also in our day-to-day lives, including supporting these school children to pursue their education dreams," said Alibesh Mathew, the headteacher of Intersos primary school.
Yohenes Kimo, the chairman of Malakal Protection of Civilian site Malakal, also thanked the Rwandan peacekeepers for promoting education and other human security activities aimed at improving the well-being of the people of South Sudan.
"The donation of books and pens to these children encourages them to study and the impact of education reaches the family and country at large, that's why this is not just a small act because these are some of those things that influence and change lives of the young people," said Kimo.
Jik Agbalokwu Nwoyeocha, the Police commander for Malakal, urged the schools to use the donation to promote education within the camp.