School activities resume as displaced return to Gunyoro in Eastern Equatoria

More than 190 children returning to Gunyoro village near Torit in Eastern Equatoria have resumed school activities, albeit under difficult circumstances.“During the 2016 crisis, this school closed because our people were scattered. They ran into the mountains, to neighbouring villages, or to Torit for their safety,” Eugenio Eryong, headteacher at what remains of Gunyoro primary school, tells a visiting team from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.Some of the…

IRAN CLOSES ALL SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES OVER CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Iran is closing all schools and universities until March 20 as the coronavirus death toll in the country hits 107, the health minister announced Thursday in a televised news conference.Aside from the other measures, Saeed Namaki encouraged the public to reduce its use of paper money as it is aiding the spread of the new coronavirus and said authorities will begin manning checkpoints to limit travel between major cities.He said…

Security Council Welcomes South Sudan’s New Power-Sharing Agreement, as Special Representative Briefs on Recent Events

Permanent Representative Urges Lifting of Sanctions, as Civil Society Member Urges Government to Exclude Listed IndividualsSecurity Council members cautiously welcomed the new power-sharing agreement to end the conflict in South Sudan today, as they heard updates on recent developments from the senior United Nations official in that country and a national civil society representative.The briefers described the challenges ahead, while emphasizing the importance of ensuring that women are well represented…

Graduates at vocational centre in Bor: “we will transform our families and South Sudan”

Last week, Jacob Mayom Malueth and 32 other young men and women graduated after six months of coursework at the vocational training centre in Bor, run by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. They were the tenth batch to do so since December 2015.With this knowledge we will transform our families and South Sudan, said Mr. Malueth proudly as he received his certificate of agricultural skills.Other students obtained proof…

Delegates Express Concern over Rising Unilateralism, Coercive Economic Measures, as Special Committee on Charter of United Nations Opens Session

Opening its 2020 session, members of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization expressed concern about a rising tide of unilateralism, debated longstanding questions on the merits and legality of sanctions and weighed such novel topics as the role of conciliation in the Organization's broader dispute resolution toolbox.Also emerging on the first day of the session �…

Peacekeepers construct first secondary school block in Kuron peace village

Construction has begun on the first secondary school in the Kuron peace village in Kapoeta as part of a special project funded by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to support the peace process.It is our hope that the construction of the two classrooms, one office block and one water and sanitation facility in Kuron will play a key role in ensuring that children have a right to education…

Madrasa e-learning platform’s offline tools delivered to 10,000 students, teachers

Dubai: The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, MBRGI, has provided high-tech educational offline solutions to students in remote villages across Tunisia and Mauritania, in collaboration with the Emirates Red Crescent. The initiative is part of the Madrasa programme for 1,000 villages and Madrasa e-learning platform will benefit up to 10,000 students and teachers in remote areas without internet access both countries. "As part of the mission, students and…

Port Sudan schoolchildren march against food price hikes

Crowds of school pupils protested in Sudan's main port city on Monday over spiralling food prices, witnesses said, as the country's economy languishes under a foreign currency crunch. "Stop this hunger, we want food prices to fall," the pupils chanted as they headed towards government headquarters in Port Sudan. Witnesses said groups of pupils planned to demonstrate in front of the governorate of Port Sudan, the capital of Red Sea…