We value education -Tina UNAMID police

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By Lebogang Siphuma
The Tina police advisors initiated a program with the theme “The importance of Education” and voluntarily contributed 160 exercise books, Pencils and other scholastic materials worth 500SDG on behalf of UNAMID to the Helalia Islamic Elementary School in Helalia on 02 May 2010. The program was a result of the confidence building visits to the school by the advisors which revealed to them the plight of the children and the numerous challenges faced by the school. The lack of tables, chairs, chalk boards and a water source were among the problems identified. The project was motivated by the efforts and willingness of the volunteer teachers to impart knowledge to the school children in spite of the challenges they were facing. The school with a population of 250 children and six (6) teachers was built using mud, thatch grass and Savanna wood. The community policing officer Asogbon Adefemi stated that upon realizing the difficulties, it became necessary that UNAMID police

advisors contribute towards the realization of the children's dreams. The gender focal officer Salome Hanuh Wubonto whilst handing over the gifts stated that “Man's flight through life is sustained by the power of his knowledge” and as a result the children were expected to commit themselves to continuous learning. She encouraged the school children to be disciplined, respectful and committed

to knowledge acquisition in order to become responsible and good ambassadors of their motherland. She reiterated the efforts of UNAMID towards the restoration of lasting peace in Darfur which calls for their collective support and cooperation. The head teacher Haruna Abdallah Nasiru who is also the deputy Sheik of Helalia village expressed his appreciation to UNAMID on behalf of the school and promised to ensure that the materials were put to good use. He seized the opportunity to request UNAMID to encourage NGOs and INGOs to come to their Aid. The program was successful through the guidance and support of the CPC coordinator Benedict Achuagu, MILOBs, police advisors and the Senegal protection force. The military mobile clinic administered medical treatment to those who were sick.