|“If fortunate was a person I would say that is me! Considering the fact how I started school and how I kept progressing through this level is my story to share.
My name is Kumen Nicholas and this is my testimony of my educational achievement. I came from a poor family, who are barely able to afford to sponsor us through education. However, my mother was able to train me through primary school. And when I needed to join secondary school, I when to my parish priest, Rev. Fr. Tim Galvin, who managed to help me for one school term and later he connected me to a scholarship that supported children from my community whose parents struggled to support their children financially.
After my secondary education in the year 2017, with the help of Fr. Emmanuel Obi, I joined a primary school in Kapoeta East County of Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan as a volunteer. Then Fr. Obi helped me to join Solidarity Teacher Training College, Yambio, in Western Equatoria State where I pursued my two years National Certificate in Primary Education. I graduated in the year 2019. That was my all-time success in education.
Otherwise, I would have been content with only secondary level education which didn’t have any value at all.
The skills I acquired at Solidarity were valuable to sustain myself in a poverty-stricken society. Solidarity gave me a holistic education which was completely sponsored by Solidarity with free board and tuition for two years. I gained not just an academic knowledge but character formation. After graduating from Solidarity as a qualified teacher, I got a teaching job at St. Patrick’s Boys Secondary School, Narus. I will remain grateful to Solidarity for being my ladder to success.
I am also fortune enough to be among the pioneers of the Solidarity Diploma program which was started last year in addition to the Teacher Certificate program. I am at the moment taking the classes for the Diploma course in the same college in Yambio. I will use the opportunity wisely and to be able to, if not those who helped me succeed, at least those that need my help, like my country mate. This is a little bit of my educational success.
My gratitude to all those supported me throughout primary and secondary education and those who helped me at Solidarity Teacher Training College, including friends who helped me even when I had no soap for laundry. Thanks to all of you and God bless you.”
27 March 2023
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