Meeting Ger Duany, UNHCR Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the East and Horn of Africa

Upon my arrival at my final destination, New Delhi, my big brother who at the same time is one of my mentors that inspired me so much through examples of life experiences Ger Duany, a UNHCR Regional Good Will Ambassador for Eastern and Horn of Africa, had handed to me a well selected text book as a surprise gift. ~ writes Gatwal A. Gatkuoth YEI Executive Director

We touched basis on a lot of things we both cherished, especially the common and share values in corridors of serving humanity through amplifying the voices of the voiceless (refugees). Ger, at his individual capacity and as Actor, Model and UNHCR Good will Ambassador is strongly compassionate about promoting oneness and embracing diversity for a better world in which humanity is respected and celebrated.

We can’t help to talk about the “Good Lie” one of his Hollywood Movies that Emmanuel Jal and others South Sudanese Lost Boys featured (starred). This conversation with Ger highlighted key interventions both his office and YEI should jointly start to work on.

In his role as a Goodwill Ambassador, Ger has elected to focus on youth and education, saying “given a chance, refugee kids excel. They are not powerless, they don’t need pity. They can be citizens of any country, respectfully and constructively contributing to humanity’s goals.”

Press: Improve Refugees-Host communities access to quality Education

Oct 14, 2017 Press: Improve Refugees-Host communities access to quality Education

A total of about 326,149 students will be writing their Ordinary Level of Secondary School National Exams for Uganda’s Certificate of Education –UCE on Oct 16, 2017. According to Uganda National Examination Board, UNEB Secretary Mr.Nokrach Odongo 49% of this number is girls.
The Young adult Empowerment Initiative (YEI) applauds Uganda’s ministry of Education for the efforts to strike at closing the gap in education equality between the girl and the boy child.
YEI would therefore like to call for urgent and immediate considerations on the following:

1. Implores the Government of Uganda through the Office of the Prime, Refugee Department and Ministry of Education in collaboration with UN Education Agencies to extend the same quality of education to the refugees and their host communities.

2. Argues the above educational institutions to make efforts to improving access to quality education for both the refugees and their host communities by availing adequate school facilities. The right to equitable quality and decent education for all is clearly enshrined and layout in Sustainable Development Goal –SDG No. 4.

3. Argues to give keen attention to Educational issues that are gender specific – that is to say, girl child should be incentivized to bait them for schools.

4. Implores the refugees and their host communities to break the cultures that do not allow girl child to attend schools and encourage the elderly to take up opportunity windows on Functional adult literacy.

Young adult Empowerment Initiative (YEI) is a nonprofit youth-led organization that works with refugee and their host communities in Uganda and the grassroots communities in South Sudan.

Our areas of focus include: Peace building and human right advocacy, Agriculture and Food Security, Education and Research and Reproductive Health and Health Education.

Uganda hosts over 1.2 million refugees from the region. 70% of them are South Sudanese who were forced to leave their homes in S. Sudan for refuge and safety in Uganda, following 2013 political strife.

(Photo credit: File/TheGuardian:) Girls sit amid the ruins of a primary school burned down in fighting at the Malakal protection of civilians site in South Sudan. Photograph: George/Unicef