This week South Sudan became the world’s newest nation. While the details of independence still need to be sorted out completely, the building blocks of a peaceful relationship between Sudan and South Sudan have hopefully been laid.
Now with peace, comes rebuilding, and education is crucial to rebuilding efforts. According to the World Bank, education is considered “essential for civic order and citizenship and for sustained economic growth and the reduction of poverty.” In general, educational opportunity impacts the health of societies, improves the well being of individuals and increases the quality of living for both individuals and families.
As a university dedicated to the democratization of higher education globally, UoPeople can be a part of helping South Sudan provide quality education, assisting it with rebuilding its higher education sector. The online, tuition-free model of UoPeople can be especially useful for countries in transition and post-conflict societies, such as Sudan and South Sudan, that do not necessarily have the resources to invest in traditional brick and mortar universities at present.
As such, UoPeople opens the gates to education for all –South Sudanese and Sudanese – and hopes that educational opportunity can assist in bringing about economic stability for both countries.
UoPeople salutes the announcement of peace, and welcomes the ushering of the dawn of a new era – one encompassing peaceful progress and not civil war.