My mentor in Arua Core Primary Teachers College once said, ‘look and you will find it - what is unsought will go undetected.’ It was this philosophy that led me to Yei teacher Training College. When I graduated from Arua Teachers College before joining Muni National Teachers College twelve years ago, I had an image in mind of the kind of place where I wanted to work, and I set out to find it. I was looking for a College with potential to grow spiritually, administratively, emotionally and socially, and that I could grow with. I was looking for coworkers/teammates I could depend on and also consider friends. I was looking for an environment where I could feel free to think creatively and, best of all possible worlds, even be rewarded verbally for work well done.
I knew it was a tall order but I was determined that if such college existed, I would find it. I even left other teacher training colleges and NGOS where I worked before and turned down a few offers because they didn’t seem right. But when I stepped through the doors at Yei Teacher Training College it did seem to have it all. Eight months later, I’m happy to say that initial search yielded exactly what I had been seeking. An encouragement given to me by the staff of Yei Teacher Training College for something I love doing is really a true gift for which I am grateful and it made me to learn a valuable lesson. Success has to do with hard work, time, and effort, but some time luck plays a part in it too. And I’ve been very luck to work with such incredible people whom I admire and love. Thank you the Principal, the Deputy Principal for Administration and the Deputy Principal for Academics for your vibrant leadership. This is over whelming. Having worked under you for eight months I have learnt immeasurable administrative skills, team work, hard work and good leadership. I would not be accepting an appreciation for the work done without the wisdom and confidence you have imparted to me.
All the teaching and non-teaching staff of Yei Teacher Training College, you are the working definition of a dream team. All of you came together in perfect harmony and by being supportive and sharing your skills with me. I’ve also been lucky, throughout the eight months, to have so many wonderful student teachers who joined Yei Teacher Training College from Congo (Refugees), Uganda, Nuba Mountains and those in all the states of south Sudan whom I have been honored to work with. They are all students with whom I feel very proud to be associated. Students I am glad to call friends, thank you for your hard work and being friendly colleagues whose warmth and humour have continually brightened this college. I will surely miss you the students and the staff of Yei Teacher Training College, but I wish you the best of luck in the college and your place of work.
I want wrap up by once again thanking every one for giving me this beautiful offer of being an intensive English Tutor for the eight months. Your caring guidance, your warm camaraderie, your business! Thank you for really giving me a glorious memory of a very proud and a happy time in my life, a memory I am sure to reflect upon for years to come. I am truly honored to receive your appreciation.
Thank you very much. Strive for excellence.