SOUTH SUDAN / AFRICAN CHILD DAY

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The president of the United Nations General Assembly, Dennis Francis, commemorated the day of the African child at a special event at radio Miraya, operated by the UN mission in South Sudan. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / AFRICAN CHILD DAY
TRT: 3:14
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 16 JUNE 2024, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various Shots, President with students
2. Wide Shot, Presser
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Esther Keki, student:
“how important do you think education is for children, and what can the UN do to help ensure we have access?”
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“Education is really the key to success, not just individual success, but to the success of the country. It is through education that you create the doctors, the nurses, the engineers, the teachers, the research scientists, physicists, the botanists, the zoologists, the astronauts, everything that creates success.
Now there is a problem in South Sudan. 70% of the of the children in South Sudan are not in school because there is a shortage of school places. There is a shortage of teachers. It means that children are missing out on the very thing that they need in order to be fully successful in life.“

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5. Various Shots, South Sudan
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“It puts at risk not only their future, but also the future of the country. I recommend and urge the authorities of South Sudan to prioritize education as a key sector in this country. It will make an enormous difference going forward but will take the country to another level of development. This has been proven time again across the world that an investment in education is an investment in the future.”

8. Various Shots, PGA President with students
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:

“18 years is a milestone in anything. So, I would like to congratulate the radio station on its 18 years of operation and wish it all the best for the next 18 years of operation. You mentioned that it covers the entire country; that is a good thing because people need to know what is going on across the territory that is the republic of South Sudan. They need to be informed. This is how communities are built by bringing information to the people that they need to know to understand exactly what's taking place on the ground.”
10. Various Shots, President with students

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The president of the United Nations General Assembly, Dennis Francis, commemorated the day of the African child at a special event at radio Miraya, operated by the UN mission in South Sudan. The president is on a goodwill visit to the country and he took the opportunity to engage with south Sudanese students who took over radio duties for the day, reporting, presenting and interviewing guests about the challenges faced by children in the conflict-affected country as well as the important role of youth in the peace process.

It’s not the first time Esther Keji has made an appearance on radio Miraya, a network operated by the United Nations mission in South Sudan. The 16-year-old student has previously shared with listeners her experience about the challenges faced by children as well as messages of peace. But it’s the first time she’s had the opportunity to interview someone as influential as the president of the United Nations general assembly, Dennis Francis, who is on a goodwill mission to the world’s newest nation

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Esther Keki, student:
“how important do you think education is for children, and what can the UN do to help ensure we have access?”
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“Education is really the key to success, not just individual success, but to the success of the country. It is through education that you create the doctors, the nurses, the engineers, the teachers, the research scientists, physicists, the botanists, the zoologists, the astronauts, everything that creates success.
Now there is a problem in South Sudan. 70% of the of the children in South Sudan are not in school because there is a shortage of school places. There is a shortage of teachers. It means that children are missing out on the very thing that they need in order to be fully successful in life.“

South Sudan has one of the world’s youngest and most vibrant populations. But, today, 2.8 million children are not in school. They’re missing out on their right to education for many reasons, including conflict, the climate crisis, displacement, poverty, early marriage, recruitment into armed forces and groups, and cultural and religious discrimination.

This situation affects their right to development, excludes them from future work opportunities, and exposes them to further violence, abuse and exploitation.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“It puts at risk not only their future, but also the future of the country. I recommend and urge the authorities of South Sudan to prioritize education as a key sector in this country. It will make an enormous difference going forward but will take the country to another level of development. This has been proven time again across the world that an investment in education is an investment in the future.”

Radio Miraya is about to celebrate its 18th anniversary. The un-operated network which has the largest listenership in the country is an important tool for reaching South Sudanese, particularly those in remote conflict-affected areas, with news of importance about the security and political situation as well as supporting reconciliation and peacebuilding efforts.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:

“18 years is a milestone in anything. So, I would like to congratulate the radio station on its 18 years of operation and wish it all the best for the next 18 years of operation. You mentioned that it covers the entire country; that is a good thing because people need to know what is going on across the territory that is the republic of South Sudan. They need to be informed. This is how communities are built by bringing information to the people that they need to know to understand exactly what's taking place on the ground.”

President Francis toured the studio and spent time engaging with the young people running the show for the day, which they deeply appreciated.

In turn, the president left with an experience he will never forget, inspired by the resilience, determination, and passion for peace demonstrated by the children of South Sudan as they relentlessly seek the opportunities they need and deserve to reach their full potential in life.

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