June 20, 2020 (Thessherald)–Meet Kuach Tutkuay, currently an education specialist, who went to Kakuma Refugee Camp in early 2000 as a 12-year-old boy without parents or close relatives. Despite the hardship in the camp, he pursued his education with diligence and perseverance, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree (Commerce) from Africa Nazarene University after 15 years of refugee life, and he is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Gender and Development Studies. Through his experience in the camp, he knew first-hand what it means to be a stateless person, and since then, Kuach has been advocating for unimpeded access to quality education for refugees, including higher education — his work was featured in Financial Times (London) in 2017 as an advocacy effort to influence the UN General Assembly’s discussion on refugee education.
Kuach has benefited from the U.S. exchange program —Young African Leaders Initiatives YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa , and since then has engaged in community transformation initiatives, for instance, he is currently working with a group of young people (most of whom are former refugees) collecting waste plastics and converting them into paving tiles, bricks and toilet slabs; an initiatives that will save South Sudan from plastic wastes.
Kuach Tutkuay currently works with UKAID as Policy Advisor. Before this, Mr. Tutkuay also worked with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Ministry of General Education and Instruction of the Government of South Sudan; he also worked with UN as well as other NGOs.
Kuach dreams of a lasting peace in South Sudan so that all its beloved citizens who fled to the refugee camps could return and participate equally in nation building.
Note: Originally published by U.S. Embassy, Juba