Penja Cryton Edimon grew up in Lainya County where he attended school. In 2003 he had to go to the Imvepi Refugee Settlement in Uganda. He came back to South Sudan in 2007 at 18 years old.
In 2011 Penja started teaching as a volunteer in Lainya. He had completed his O Levels but had no money for further study. Due to the finances of his local schools Penja remains a volunteer to this day but he is taking steps to change that.
In 2012 Penja was given an opportunity to attend YTTC on the in-service program. He was very keen to sign up as he felt that this was a chance not to be missed.
He is very philosophical about the purpose and benefits of teaching. He believes it is a sharing of ideas. He learns as much from the students as they do from him. “It is a sharing of ideas” he says. Penja credits teaching with him keeping his intellect. A lot of his classmates have already forgotten a lot of things they learnt at school as they have not had to think about those things for so long.
Penja has flourished over his time with us at YTTC. He was chosen by his fellow pupils to be the in-service Minister for Domestic Affairs, supervising the feeding system and co-ordinating cleaning. He is very happy to be at YTTC. He believes that his life has changed in terms of academics and will change once graduated. With this training he will have the qualification to be able to go to a place which will give him a salary.
By James Loveder.