Faith and positive change for children
Partnering with faith leaders and institutions to promote and realize the rights of children
UNICEF South Sudan, in partnership with the South Sudan Council of Churches, has launched the first-ever faith for positive change for children. This is a global UNICEF initiative to partner with faith leaders and institutions to promote and realize the rights of children.
“The South Sudan Council of Churches welcomes the initiative to engage with UNICEF to achieve positive change for our beloved children of South Sudan.”
In 2019, UNICEF has reached over 43,000 people in churches and mosques through a collaboration with religious leaders with key messages on Cholera, Ebola, easles and Polio.
Honourable Jemma Nunuu Kumba, the Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare says that the Church in South Sudan has already provided a huge amount of support in many areas like health services and education.
“The church has helped to complement the government in terms of building good quality schools. We need to build synergies and co-ordinate the programme, so that we can be able to effectively address the challenges facing children.”
The cooperation of both Muslims and Christians has already proven itself to be a strength in the community. UNICEF has already conducted 2,183 church and mosque meetings throughout South Sudan since January 2019.
“In South Sudan, Muslims and Christians, don’t have these problems which we sometimes see in other countries. We work together with the Council of Churches to bring together all the people in South Sudan – what we want to serve is humanity, we’re not serving a religion.” Sheikh Juma Said Anyango, the Principal Advisor to the President in South Sudan on Religious Affairs, is quoted as saying.
“As religious leaders, as faith-based groups, we have been waiting for this call, so that we join hands. We work for the people of South Sudan.”
Andrea Suley the Deputy Representative of UNICEF South Sudan believes that delivery services is not the only thing that needs to be done.
“We need to work together to promote positive social and behavior for the children in our communities.”
UNICEF has signed a memorandum of understanding in collaboration with the South Sudan Council of Churches and the World Food Programme based on shared values to promote peace and realize the rights of children in South Sudan.
“Child protection is a collective responsibility of all stakeholders in order to protect and empower South Sudanese children to realise their academic dreams and aspirations.”
“If I can take care of the child within me, I will be able to take care of the child beside me or in front of me. Let us not pass pain to the next generation but work together for the children of South Sudan.”
“While Africans valued the importance of culture and tradition, practices that had once protected them, now put them at special risks. Culture and tradition should not be used to violate the rights of children.”
UNICEF remains committed to the children of South Sudan and to working with all partners to realize the rights of children.