Teachers, pilots and engineers amongst the career dreams of South Sudanese students

Toby Primary School, Wau

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Laurence Joseph Peter, 14 years old
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01 November 2019

“I want to become a pilot and I’ve drawn the plane I want to fly. I like to travel and see places. I want to go all over the world, that is why I want to become a pilot. I hope to go to Karthoum.”

– Laurence Joseph Peter, 14 years old
Christo George Matteo, 12 years old, is assisted by a teacher during an art project about his future
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A teacher assists the students in their art project about their futures, organized by UNICEF at the Toby Primary School in Wau, South Sudan.

 

Gizma Meskin Mahmoud, 11 years old
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“I want to become a teacher when I grow up, and I want to teach English. As a headmaster I will have my own office and that is what I have drawn. I will be a strict headmaster with many rules. Children must be clean when they come to school and they can not leave school early.”

– Gizma Meskin Mahmoud, 11 years old
Nicholas Paul, 16 years old
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Nicholas Paul, 16, shows his work and says, “I want to become a doctor, a general physician who are treating adults. I want to heal people. I have observed how doctors are helping others and that is how my interest for medicine developed.”

“I’ve never had any injections but I’ve seen my brother getting an injection. I’m scared of needles, but I think I will outgrow this fear.””

– Nicholas Paul, 16 years old
(Left to right) Celestina John, 16 years old, and Claudio Justin, 13
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Toby Primary School assists 437 students (202 boys and 236 girls). It is funded by USAID, which has provided four classrooms and an office and learning materials for the children.

 

Drawing of a hammer
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“I want to become an airplane engineer when I grow up. As you can see, I’ve drawn some of the tools I know I will need when doing my work. I want to become an engineer to help my family and if there are children who can’t pay their school fees I will pay them.”

– Claudio Justin, 13 years old
Christo George Matteo, 12 years old
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“I want to become a captain of a plane, and when you are a captain you need a map to see where you are going and that is what I have drawn. You can see the roads going in different directions.”

– Christo George Matteo, 12 years old
Lila Michael Adiama, 13 years old
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“I want to become a teacher and preferably a headmaster. I’m drawing my current school, Toby Primary, I like this school. I want to become a teacher to give knowledge to the young kids. If there are no teachers there will be no school.”

– Lila Michael Adiama, 13 years old

 

The children’s education is supported by UNICEF's education in emregencies programme, supported by USAID and the European Union (EU)