Prof Deng challenges leaders to invest in education

Prof Deng challenges leaders to invest in education
Prof. Robert Deng, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Juba speaks at the Multipurpose Training Centre. [Alex Bullen, City Review]

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Juba, Prof. Robert Deng, has urged the government to invest in educating young people to nurture a culture of self-reliance. 

Prof. Deng lamented that instead of developing schools and equipping the country’s youth to become future leaders, officials are busy building large houses in the neighbouring countries.

He said the government should make education comprehensive for their children across the country.

“I hope that instead of building houses in East African countries, the United States, and other countries; our leaders who have the money will put something back into the country so that our youth are developed because we cannot continue to develop other people’s countries,” Deng stressed.

He was addressing a gathering at the Multipurpose Training Centre (MTC) in Juba, where senior government officials, NGOs, and entrepreneurs gathered to encourage the youth to acquire computer skills.

“It is humiliating for us to see our young people struggle to obtain a better education at home while we seem to place our trust in the education of other countries. We must put money into our own education. We have got everything we need to get things moving correctly.”

He urged young people to take education seriously, claiming that it was the only way for them to pursue a variety of opportunities.

Meanwhile, MTC’s director, Martin Lugala Tombe, said that providing a favourable learning environment for the country’s children will help it generate good future leaders.

However, he stated that the best way to improve education in the country was for everyone to participate in the industry and contribute to the development of a stronger education system.

As a result, “We need to invest more in education, but we must also remember that peace is essential. Investors can come if there is peace. Our people will be able to do things on their own if there is peace, and they will not be as reliant on government services,’’ the director added.