Learners take to podium to debate on ‘foreign aid’

Learners take to podium to debate on ‘foreign aid’

The second edition of the South Sudan debaters’ contest was launched at Juba One Girls Primary School in Juba yesterday.

The debate, which drew approximately 200 participants from eight schools spread across five payams in Juba County, will provide students with a creative outlet to express themselves.

The competition saw a diverse exchange of opinions and is based on ‘‘comprehensive and integrated discussions on relevant topics that assist participants in gaining an understanding of the contemporary socio-legal issues confronting South Sudan’s younger generation.’’

The motion, “Foreign aid should be abolished in South Sudan,” was presented by each contestant with confidence, clarity, and the perfect voice tone.

Christopher Loyika, a student at Usratuna Primary School, said he fully supports the motion because foreign aid has helped South Sudan’s education, whether formal or informal.

 “Foreign Organisations have provided us with socialistic materials, such as books provided by UNICEF to children in Yambio, Bor, Juba, and other counties in South Sudan. If you say foreign aid should not come to South Sudan, where can our children get this consistent support from foreign Organizations?” he questioned.

Another student from J.C.C Hai Negil Primary School, Kaluba Emmanuel Soro, who was opposing the motion, stated that there was no need for foreign aid to be allowed in the country while debating her topic on agriculture and how South Sudanese have become very lazy relying on food aid instead of farming.

 “Here in South Sudan, people are energetic and resistant to diseases, but instead of cultivating their crops, people are now relying on foreign aid, and this is one method of lowering our chances of developing our economy and government in the country,” she said

According to Malaak Philips Chol, CEO of Mission Empowering Africa, a South Sudan Debaters partner, the debate is intended to bring South Sudanese together.

“The debate helps in the development of their public speaking and critical thinking skills, which is what we want for our children to know and be informed about the better South Sudan so that they can know today’s South Sudan and tomorrow’s South Sudan,” he explained.