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Proud graduates


Recognition for completing secondary and tertiary studies is always important but this is especially so for young people coming from war-torn South Sudan.

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In addition to language and cultural challenges, community leaders say some refugees think that “no-one cares”, resulting in a high drop-out rate.

Clement Kuek, from Centacare Catholic Family Services, has been helping to organise an annual awards ceremony to acknowledge the achievements of secondary and tertiary students.

“We want them to feel supported by the community,” said Clement. “That way we also are encouraging students in Year 9 and 10 to keep going with their studies.”

The majority of secondary students come from Catholic schools. This year’s graduates (from the 2016 school year) included Monica Aguil Duang, Abuk George Kuach, Abuk Malong Kuol, Wol Deng Deng Yel, Mou John Dut Akol, Atong Mawien Yak, Aguer Maduok and Garang Madut Dut.

There also were 15 students who finished their tertiary studies and were acknowledged by elders of the Aweil community. Aweil is a city in South Sudan.

The community thanked the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide and Centacare for their support of African young people.


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