Jubilation in South Sudan *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 15 Nov, 2013 05:21 PM

Report by Richard Dean from a visit to Juba Secondary School by a team featuring Baroness Cox.

Jubilation in South Sudan *Updated

Riny Kornello with the 'Salisbury Cup' and Salome Poni with the 'Canterbury Cup'. Baroness Cox is on the right of the photo; Dr Margaret Griffin is on the left.

At JDMSS (Juba Diocesan Model Secondary School), 111 students took the school certificate exam this year. Just under half were girls. Nationally, of the 17,103 candidates who took school certificate only 4,874 (28%) were girls.

High Achiever Riny Kornello, aged 17, got 86.9% and was the sixth-highest achiever in the whole of South Sudan. His father is Governor of the Central Bank of South Sudan; Riny hopes to study Engineering at University in Malaysia.

Top girl Salome Poni achieved 83% and was the third-highest girl in the whole of South Sudan. Nationally, the performance in arts was better than science; at JDMSS, this was the other way round.

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Richard says, "We had a very happy meal at the Juba Grande with Baroness Cox, much laughter and conversation. The Girls' Boarding House exceeds all our expectations. 26 are in residence at present, but 14 more can be accommodated. The girls have colourful bags on the ends of their bunks and their rooms are both spotless and attractive..."

"Baroness Caroline Cox introduced herself modestly as a nurse who had been given the gift of being a member of the House of Lords. She received this gift with the determination to be a voice for the voiceless in Westminster. She told us she had been to Sudan/South Sudan 40 times and honoured the people for holding the front line against darkness, through much suffering. Her Christian faith shone bright, as did that of many others today."

"The science grades more than matched those of other subjects. Indeed all the students need congratulating in passing their exams with a minimum average score of 65% - some with individual subject scores in the 90s. English grades were particularly good too."

"Richard met the project manager from Tearfund and arranged a meeting for Tuesday. Richard attended the later service at the Cathedral with powerful worship starting with ‘How great thou art’ enthusiastically sung and Bishop Justin of Maridi spoke on mission. There were two cabinet members in the congregation and the foreign minister for South Sudan also spoke hopefully about future relationships with the North."

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