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Trees symbolizing United Nations values ​​planted in eight schools for displaced children in Bentiu

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Trees symbolizing United Nations values ​​planted in eight schools for displaced children in Bentiu

The trees you planted in these schools today will not only provide shade, but they will also provide food for school children.

JUBA, South Sudan, October 25, 2021 / APO Group / –

Today is United Nations Day, marking the 76th anniversary of the founding of the Organization to promote universal ideals for the betterment of mankind in the wake of World War II.

As conflict, COVID-19 and displacement continue in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, United Nations staff in Bentiu, Unity State, have come together to plant trees in eight schools for displaced children.

These trees symbolize the universal values ​​defended by the UN.

“I named the first tree I planted human rights because it is the basis of a truly democratic nation,” said Lt. Col. Michael Mfum, commander of Ghanaian troops within of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

And so, the ceremony continued with UN workers from civilian, military, police and humanitarian backgrounds, visiting the eight schools with shovels in hand, gallons of water and genuine zeal to commemorate this. important day.

Sitting under trees on sunny days is a cultural norm in South Sudan and the tree planting exercise was therefore a welcome activity for schoolchildren and community members.

The acting director general of education and training for Unity State, Kueth Mayay, said so when attending the event.

“The trees that you planted in these schools today will not only provide shade, but they will also provide food for school children,” he said. “Educators and students are now obligated to ensure that the core United Nations values ​​represented by these trees are upheld to the highest degree,” he added.

The avocado tree, the mango tree and the guava tree have thus become symbols of peace, justice, respect for human rights, tolerance, solidarity, education, friendship and unity.

“Using fruit trees to instill values ​​in our children is a powerful thing because these children are our future leaders,” said Simon Thir Tekjiek, school supervisor for displaced children. “When the trees begin to bear fruit, our young students will have fond memories of UNMISS and humanitarian partners. Most importantly, they will serve as a constant reminder of what the United Nations stands for. “

Just as school children are cared for and raised to be responsible citizens, these trees will need attention and care in order to thrive.

“As South Sudan’s partner in Education for All, we will follow up with these schools to make sure the trees we have planted are well looked after,” said David Ngon Kueth, education manager. at UNICEF. “We hope that taking care of these trees will give children a sense of leadership and universal values ​​as they move forward in their lives.”

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