Young electrical installer shows vocational skills are key to South Sudan’s future

Michiek Arop (left) and Sarah Cholok in a practical class

A South Sudanese student said his faith and education will help him build a brighter future for him and his community.

Michiek Arop, from Rumbek, central South Sudan, has found work as an electrical and solar installer, having acquired the relevant skills at St Peter Claver Computer and Ecological Centre.

Born into a family of farmers with six siblings, Michiek was keen to learn more about sustainable development, which he feels will be vital for his country’s future.

He hopes he will be able to transfer his knowledge to other members of his community, while continuing to grow himself.

“As a young person, I’m drawn to practical topics that allow me to apply my skills for a better understanding.” Michiek said. “My dream is to be a teacher and contribute to South Sudan’s development.”

Michiek with his certificate of education

At St Peter Claver – an organisation supported by Jesuit Missions – he took classes in solar installation, electrical systems management and water pump installation.

He regularly took part in Catholic prayer, as well as cultural practices such as dance sessions, which he said helped build a sense of togetherness.

Michiek, who is also studying towards a degree at the Rumbek University of Science and Technology alongside his work, added that the support he has received at St Peter Claver was essential in his educational development.

“It has been my path to a brighter future. Without it, I’d be searching for means to fund my education at home [on the farm],” he said.

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